When the 2010-2011 NBA schedule came out, this was one of the games that everyone circled on the calendar.
On one side you have Kobe Bryant and the two-time defending NBA Champion Lakers. On the other you have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the preseason-favorite Miami Heat.
This is the first time the two teams will meet since Miami added LeBron and Bosh to its roster.
While there are many storylines heading into this game, the real question has to be, is this an NBA Finals preview?
Many people, myself included, still think that the Boston Celtics are the best team in the Eastern Conference, but do the Heat have a chance to supplant them? Absolutely.
With this being the marquee Christmas Day game, the real hope is that it is an entertaining one.
For more on this matchup stay tuned here for looks at all the storylines for the upcoming game.