The NBA schedule for 2011-2012 has been released, even though that, due to the lockout, there is a question as to whether or not the games will even be played.

If you're a positive thinker, and assume that the season opens as scheduled, what are the best match-ups, this year?

LeBron James (left), Kobe Bryant (center), and Dwyane Wade (right), shown here as teammates on Team USA, will be foes, on December 8, when the Heat is scheduled to take on the Lakers.

A panel of writers at ESPN.com, discuss some of the prime contests.