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Party Time for Lakers, Clippers Fans: NBA Announces 2011-12 Season

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The Lakers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder to open the NBA 2011-12 season.
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As NBA TV studio host Matt Winer said, it’s a party. The NBA officially released the 2011-12 schedule, and naturally the party was delayed until the finish of a WNBA game. Oh and there’s the whole lockout thing that really put a damper on the flying confetti.

Nonetheless, the Lakers despite being swept in the second round of the playoffs, maintain their hold on the marquee days of the NBA. They open the NBA season hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 1; host the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day; host the Dallas Mavericks on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Their first chance to avenge their playoff loss to the Mavericks will be in Dallas on Dec. 15.

The Lakers will be on national television (TNT, ABC, ESPN or NBA TV) 27 times while the Clippers will have that honor a franchise-high 20 times.

The Lakers and the Clippers will face off three times in the span of a month: Dec. 27, Jan. 20 on ESPN and Jan. 26 on TNT. Their last faceoff will happen on April 4 without the glare of the national spotlight.

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You can see the Lakers’ schedule and the Clippers’ schedule for yourself. Now let’s see if any of these will happen.