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The 2022-23 NBA season will reportedly kick off with a showdown between two title contenders in the Eastern Conference.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Jayson Tatum’s Boston Celtics and Joel Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers will be part of an opening night doubleheader on TNT on Oct. 18.
The second game will be a previously reported clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
This is another piece of the puzzle as the 2022-23 schedule begins to come into view.
NBA insider Marc Stein reported the full schedule will be released Wednesday, and Charaniaoe previously provided a look at an intriguing slate of games that will take center stage on Christmas Day:
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Sources: NBA’s 2022 Christmas Day schedule:
Bucks at Celtics
76ers at Knicks
Suns at Nuggets
Lakers at Mavericks
Grizzlies at Warriors
That the Celtics and 76ers will be nationally featured on opening night and Christmas Day was no surprise.
Boston was in the NBA Finals last season and features one of the best one-two punches in the league in Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Philadelphia hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs since the 2000-01 campaign, but it has its own talented pair in Embiid and James Harden who could change that this season.
Throw in the rivalry between these Atlantic Division teams that always serves as the backdrop when they square off, and there is plenty to look forward to with the reported first clash.
Boston and Philadelphia fittingly split their four matchups last season, and whichever team comes out on top in the 2022-23 campaign could have the inside track for a higher seed and home-court advantage in what figures to be a tightly contested Eastern Conference race.
Fans won’t have to wait long for the next chapter of the rivalry.