Report: NBA tentatively set to play five games on Christmas Day

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The NBA will tentatively play five games on Christmas Day, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The schedule breaks down as follows:

New Orleans Pelicans @ Miami Heat (12:00 p.m. ET)
Golden State Warriors @ Milwaukee Bucks (2:30 p.m. ET)
Brooklyn Nets @ Boston Celtics (5:00 p.m. ET)
Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers (8:00 p.m. ET)
Los Angeles Clippers @ Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET)

The marquee slate of games brings some normalcy to a 2020-21 season that is sure to face some challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Individual player workouts began Tuesday while NBA teams' group workouts are scheduled to commence on Sunday. Each franchise will participate in a shortened pre-season that begins on Dec. 11.

The regular season tips off on Dec. 22.

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