Lakers and Celtics share rich NBA heritage
December 22, 2020 - July 22, 2021 - The Opening Night of the National Basketball Association (NBA) season. The NBA has been dominated by a fierce rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, each winning 17 titles.
The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States.
A total of 30 teams play in the Eastern and Western Conference -- 15 in each. Teams are to play a shortened 72-game season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which culminates in the NBA Finals, a best-of-seven championship series between the top two teams which takes place in July.
The LA Lakers are the reigning champions, having beaten the Miami Heat in 2020 Finals to claim their 17th title, and first since 2010.
EASTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS:
New York Knicks
WESTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS:
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs