The date of the opening Lakers-Clippers regular-season match was disclosed by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The purple and gold are prepared to contend for their 18th championship after exceeding all expectations last season, leading to the dismissal of head coach Frank Vogel and the hiring of Darvin Ham in his place.

The Lakers will also play the Dallas Mavericks on the road on Christmas Day.

The "Battle of LA" will return and be even more epic than before.

If everything goes as planned, LeBron James and Anthony Davis will square off against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, a defensive-minded team.

Throughout their stay in Los Angeles, the tandems have struggled with injuries.

Leonard missed the entire previous campaign due to a ruptured ACL.