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NBA opening night, reportedly: Nets at Bucks, Warriors at Lakers

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant in Nets-Bucks

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 19: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks heads for the net as Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets defends in the second half during game seven of the Eastern Conference second round at Barclays Center on June 19, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Nets came within a Kevin Durant shoe size of beating the Bucks in their second-round series. Instead, Durant’s jumper to end regulation merely sent Game 7 overtime. Milwaukee won in the extra period then went onto win the championship.

That sets up the Bucks to raise a banner and distribute rings – with Brooklyn in town.

The Lakers and Warriors are also scheduled to meet on NBA opening night.

Sam Amick of The Athletic:

The NBA has opened with exactly two games on a Tuesday the last few years. So, this could be the complete opening-day schedule.

Of course the Lakers and Nets are playing both opening night and Christmas. The star-power on these big market teams is incredible. LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook (and Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Marc Gasol) in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving (and Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan) in Brooklyn.