Via Sactown Royalty, Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times reports that the Los Angeles Lakers will be the first opponent the Sacramento Kings face this season.

They are scheduled to play three games over the first three days of the season: Dec. 25 at home against Chicago, Dec. 26 at Sacramento and Dec. 27 at home against Utah.

Ho-ho-ho?

The NBA schedule has not been publicly released, but details have been obtained by The Times, including the Lakers’ frantic start.

The Kings haven’t opened the year at home since the 2003-04 season, when LeBron James made his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  They were originally slated to begin the 2011-12 campaign November 2nd against the Houston Rockets.