The Warriors and Cavaliers will play a Finals rematch on Christmas, the marquee game of the five-game holiday schedule.
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The other Christmas games are Philadelphia at New York; Washington at Boston in the Celtics’ first Christmas home game ever; Houston at Oklahoma City in a matchup of MVP Russell Westbrook and runner-up James Harden; and Minnesota at the Lakers.
The NBA moved up the start of the regular season in hopes of creating more opportunities for players to rest without doing so during games. The Oct. 17 opener is the league’s earliest since the 1980-81 season began on Oct. 10.