According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, the Lakers will face-off against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat:
The Miami Heat will be getting their 2013 NBA championship rings in front of the Chicago Bulls. Their fans then will get to enjoy their Christmas dinner watching the Heat from afar, against the Los Angeles Lakers.
One of the most anticipated matchups for the Lakers next season with be the first meeting with Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. The Lakers and Rockets facing off on Christmas Day was thought to be the logical choice, but the league thought differently with the defending champions taking on Kobe Bryant and company at the Staples Center.
With Dwight leaving Los Angeles on bad terms with teammates and the fans, the date of the first showdown between the Lakers and Rockets will be circled everyone’s calendar. The Lakers won’t have the same high expectations next season with a team attempting to put the pieces back together without Dwight in the fold, but the Rockets will be trying to contend in the Western Conference making this game that much more interesting.
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