Ready or not, Christmas time is officially upon us, and the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to spread some holiday cheer to their loyal fans by beating the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
The Lakers’ matchup with the Mavericks might not be as big of a draw as their opening day game against the Clippers was, but according to our latest fan poll, it’s still the most highly-anticipated Christmas Day game.
The results of the poll probably have something to do with how fun it was to see LeBron James and Luka Doncic go head-to-head last season. Doncic, the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, has taken the NBA by storm over the last two years and now, at the age of 21, he’s expected to get serious consideration for the MVP award.
However, as Giannis Antetokounmpo learned last season, removing James from the throne is a lot harder than it looks. Doncic almost certainly has next, but James, who’s nearly 15 years Doncic’s senior, has now. Talk about longevity.
Beyond the James and Doncic matchup, there are people that are excited to see the Lakers and Mavericks take the court in what are two of the coolest uniforms in the NBA (it’s me — I’m people).
The Lakers and Mavericks will tip off at 5 p.m. on ABC. Can you believe they gave the 7:30 p.m. slot to the Denver Nuggets and Clippers this year? What does a team have to do for the prime time slot? Blow a 3-1 lead?