For those of you skipping town for the holiday weekend, don't forget to set your DVR to record the NBA Christmas line-up. The NBA will open the late, condensed season with five national TV games on Sunday, with the first one set for noon ET. The full slate can be found below the jump.
Game 1: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, 12 p.m. ET, TNT
The ailing Celtics -- Paul Pierce's status is up in the air -- visit the bolstered Knicks, who added Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis in the offseason.
Game 2: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks, 2:30 p.m. ET, ABC
The Mavericks will raise the banner as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade watch. Talk about adding salt to the wound.
Game 3: Chicago Bulls at L.A. Lakers, 5 p.m. ET, ABC
Reigning MVP Derrick Rose returns to the court, and the Lakers hope Kobe Bryant does as well. Bryant tore ligaments in his shooting wrist this preseason and is listed as day-to-day.
Game 4: Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Dwight Howard is still in a Magic jersey, and that means this match-up will have star power on both sides. The Thunder are led by reigning two-time scoring champ Kevin Durant and All-Star Russell Westbrook.
Game 5: L.A. Clippers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
The West's new superpower visits one of the loudest gyms in the league as Chris Paul and Blake Griffin look to start the season off right in Oakland.