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The NBA season continues into the new year with marquee matchups, including a LeBron James-Kyrie Irving faceoff in Cavs-Celtics and a battle atop the West in Warriors-Rockets during the first week of 2018. These are the key games this week in the NBA, along with the full schedule (all times Eastern).
Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. ESPN
The NBA season continues into the new year with marquee matchups, including a LeBron James-Kyrie Irving faceoff in Cavs-Celtics and a battle atop the West in Warriors-Rockets during the first week of 2018.
These are the key games this week in the NBA, along with the full schedule (all times Eastern).
Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPN | fuboTV
It's the next chapter of the Kyrie Irving-LeBron James saga. Irving, who requested a trade from the Cavs last offseason, has the Celtics leading the Eastern Conference with a 30-10 record. Isaiah Thomas — who came to the Cavs on the other end of that trade — isn't expected to play in the game, but Cleveland fans hope he's back to full health soon.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN | fuboTV
The Paul George-to-LA rumors won't quiet, and this game could be an interesting prologue for what's ahead in the offseason. The Thunder look to snap a two-game losing streak in this game, and the Lakers look to snap a seven-game slide.
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Thursday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. TNT
This clash at the top of the Western Conference is another excellent game in prime time this week. The Rockets are sliding, having lost three of their last four games, but looked unbeatable previously. The Warriors have Steph Curry back in the lineup, and the full-strength Warriors can prove they still have the West conquered.
Full NBA schedule
Tuesday, Jan. 2
Portland Trail Blazers at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m. NBATV | fuboTV
San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. | fuboTV
Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. | fuboTV
Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m. | fuboTV
Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. NBATV | fuboTV
Wednesday, Jan. 3
Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic, 7 p.m. | fuboTV
San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. | fuboTV
New York Knicks at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m. | fuboTV
Minnesota Timberwolves at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. | fuboTV