9. November 1st 2011 (Season Opener) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT)
The Thunder had more success than the Lakers last season, as they advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook are perennial All-Stars and have helped OKC become a championship contender. After the 2010 first round playoff match-up, this has turned into sort of an rivalry as the West’s top two teams go head to head.