The 2016–17 NBA season is the 71st season of the National Basketball Association. The regular season began on October 25, 2016, with the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosted a game against the New York Knicks. Christmas Day games will be played on Sunday December 25, 2016. The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 19, 2017; the original host of the game, Charlotte's Spectrum Center, was removed as the host on July 21, 2016 due to the league's opposition against North Carolina's Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The regular season will end on April 12, 2017, and the playoffs will begin on April 15, 2017 and will end with the last game of the NBA Finals.