NBA to kickstart the new season with opening night rivalries
- The NBA is going on with preparations for the new season and have unveiled the fixtures
- The much-awaited 2022/23 NBA season will start on October 18, the league has confirmed
- The opening night of the NBA will see longtime rivals face each other
The NBA revealed its schedule for the 2022/2023 season on Wednesday afternoon, which kicks off with a pair of long-standing rivalries involving the two teams that reached the NBA Finals last season.
The 2022-23 NBA regular season will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with the Philadelphia 76ers traveling to face their longtime rivals, the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers heading up the Pacific coast to take on the 2022 NBA champion Golden State Warriors at Chase Center, on the night when Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will all be collecting their fourth championship rings.
Opening week will then continue Wednesday, kicked off by the New York Knicks traveling to Memphis to take on Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. That will be followed by a rematch of last year’s Western Conference semifinal between the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns in Phoenix — the site of Dallas’ stunning rout to end the top-seeded Suns’ season on their home court in Game 7 of that series.
In addition to those games, the Orlando Magic and top 2022 NBA draft pick Paolo Banchero will open their season in Detroit against the Detroit Pistons and the No. 1 selection in the 2021 NBA draft, guard Cade Cunningham, while Rudy Gobert will make his Minnesota Timberwolves debut at home against the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, Chet Holmgren, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In addition, the New Orleans Pelicans — who will have Zion Williamson on the court after he missed all of last season — will open in Brooklyn against the Nets, who, as of now, are still scheduled to have Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons play together for the first time.
Thursday will see another TNT doubleheader, as the Milwaukee Bucks will face the Sixers, followed by an all-L.A. showdown between the Clippers and Lakers at Crypto.com Arena, while Friday will see ESPN feature first a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals slugfest between the Celtics and Miami Heat, followed by the Denver Nuggets traveling to San Francisco to take on the Warriors.
The first weekend of the NBA season will then feature three notable home debuts: Banchero and the Magic hosting the Celtics on Saturday, the same day that Jamal Murray is expected to return to the court in Denver for the first time in almost two years to face the Thunder. Oklahoma City will then host the Wolves Sunday, in what will be Holmgren’s home debut.
In addition to once again showing all five games on Christmas Day — 76ers-Knicks, Lakers-Mavericks, Bucks-Celtics, Grizzlies-Warriors and Suns-Nuggets.