Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The 2020 NBA Finals, the French Open and the Preakness Stakes pack the weekend sports schedule with plenty of action from the top athletes in the world.
NFL and college football regular season schedules feature dozens of games Saturday and Sunday. NASCAR's playoff format continues with a Cup Series race Sunday in Talladega County, Ala. Holly Holm and Irene Aldana also headline a UFC main card in a bantamweight bout Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Heat forward Jimmy Butler sustained an ankle injury in Game 1, but is expected to play.
"There are going to be five guys in opposing jerseys on the floor and they're all dangerous, no matter who's in the lineup, no matter what their name is," James told reporters Thursday. "You have to approach it like they all can beat you as a unit.
"They're on the floor for a reason."
The Lakers are heavy favorites in Game 2 and the remainder of the series. Game 3 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday in Orlando. Game 4 is at 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. Game 5 could be Oct. 9 if the Heat don't sweep the series. Game 6 and Game 7 would be Oct. 11 and 13, if they are necessary.
All NBA Finals games will air on ABC.
The third round of the 2020 French Open is underway at Roland Garros in Paris. Both top seeds are still alive, with No. 1 Novak Djokovic set to battle Daniel Galan on Saturday. Women's No. 1 Simona Halep has a match against Iga Swiatek on Sunday.
No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 7 Matteo Berrettini and No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut have third-round matches Saturday on the men's singles circuit.
The third and fourth rounds of the tournament air Saturday and Sunday on Tennis Channel and can be streamed on the NBC Sports app Peacock.
The gates for the 2020 Preakness Stakes -- the final event of the horse racing's Triple Crown -- will swing open just before 6 p.m. EDT Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is favored to win the event.
The Preakness Stakes was scheduled to be the second race of the Triple Crown on May 16, but was moved to the final event of the series due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes in June before Authentic scratched away his chance of winning the Triple Crown with a Derby victory Sept. 5 in Louisville, Ky.
Tiz the Law came in second place at the Derby and will not participate in the race this weekend in Baltimore.
The 2020 Preakness Stakes post time is 5:45 p.m. EDT Saturday. Coverage on NBC will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT from Pimlico.
Tennis -- French Open
Third round: 5 a.m. to noon EDT on Tennis Channel
TCU at Texas at noon EDT on Fox
South Carolina at Florida at noon EDT on ESPN
Missouri at Tennessee at noon EDT on SEC Network
NC State at Pittsburgh at noon EDT on ACC Network
Texas A&M at Alabama at 3:30 p.m. EDT on CBS
North Carolina at Boston College at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC
South Florida at Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
Oklahoma State at Kansas at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Memphis at SMU at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2
Oklahoma at Iowa State at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ABC
Auburn at Georgia at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN
LSU at Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. EDT on SEC Network
Tulsa at UCF at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2
Arkansas at Mississippi State at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Alternate
Virginia at Clemson at 8 p.m. EDT on ACC Network
Florida at Ole Miss at noon EDT on ESPN
National League wild card series
Game 3: Marlins at Cubs (if necessary) at 3:38 p.m. EDT on ESPN 2
Preakness Stakes: Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT on NBC
UFC Fight Night on ESPN+
Dequan Townsend vs. Dusko Todorovic at 10:30 p.m. EDT
Kyler Phillips vs. Cameron Else after fight fight
Germaine de Randamie vs. Julianna Pena after second fight
Yorgan De Castro vs. Carlos Felipe after third fight
Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana after fourth fight
Tennis -- French Open
Fourth round: 5 a.m. to noon EDT on Tennis Channel
Ravens at Washington at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS
Chargers at Buccaneers at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS
Seahawks at Dolphins at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox
Vikings at Texans at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox
Saints at Lions at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox
Browns at Cowboys at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox
Jaguars at Bengals at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS
Colts at Bears at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS
Cardinals at Panthers at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox
Giants at Rams at 4:05 p.m. EDT on Fox
Bills at Raiders at 4:25 p.m. EDT on CBS
Patriots at Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. EDT on CBS
Eagles at 49ers at 8:20 p.m. EDT on NBC
Cup Series: YellaWood 500 at 2 p.m. EDT on NBC
Basketball -- WNBA Finals
Game 2: Aces vs. Storm at 3 p.m. EDT on ABC
Basketball -- NBA Finals
Game 3: Lakers vs. Heat at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ABC