2011 NBA Christmas Day Schedule: Fan’s Outlook

After months and months of waiting, NBA fans will finally get to watch some NBA basketball. On Sunday, December 25, the 2011-2012 NBA season will begin. The Christmas Day schedule includes five special gifts for NBA fans and will kick off the lockout-shortened season.

The NBA will open the season with plenty of star power. The top seven vote-getters for the 2011 Most Valuable Player Award (Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade) will be in action for the Christmas Day festivities.

Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, 12:00 p.m. ET on TNT

The Christmas Day NBA schedule will begin with the New York Knicks hosting the Boston Celtics. The refurbished Madison Square Garden will be unveiled to the NBA and its fans for the first time in this rematch of a 2011 Eastern Conference first-round playoff matchup. The Knicks will also debut their new center and prized free agent Tyson Chandler.

Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks, 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC

The defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks will begin their title defense with a rematch against the Miami Heat. Prior to the game, James, Wade and the rest of the Heat will watch Nowitzki and the Mavericks raise their championship banner.

Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers, 5:00 p.m. ET on ABC

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will host 2011 MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls to start the Mike Brown era in Los Angeles. Brown, who led LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA's best record in both 2009 and 2010, will begin his Lakers coaching career against the team that led the league in wins last season.

Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Award winner Dwight Howard has requested that the Orlando Magic trade him. But it looks like Howard will be in a Magic uniform on Christmas Day when Orlando's defense is tested by the Oklahoma City Thunder and two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant.

Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Newly acquired point guard Chris Paul will lead the Los Angeles Clippers against the Golden State Warriors and their new head coach Mark Jackson to close out the holiday festivities. Paul will dish out alley-oop gifts to reigning Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin in the NBA's final Christmas present of the day.

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Information from NBA.com's Scores and Schedules and Chicago's Derrick Rose Wins 2010-11 Kia NBA MVP Award was used for this article.

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Updated Monday, Dec 19, 2011