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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Jonathan Kuminga #00 of the Golden State Warriors during a 124-116 Lakers win at Crypto.com Arena on March 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images


  • Two games have been slated for opening night of the 2022-23 NBA season
  • The 76ers visit the Celtics, while the Warriors welcome the Lakers to San Francisco
  • TNT will have broadcasting rights for both games

The long wait for NBA fans is over as the start of the 2022-23 season is set to begin this Tuesday night, October 18, and four teams will have the honor of kicking things off.

Eastern Conference powerhouses are primed for an epic clash as the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics are set to collide in the inaugural game of the league's 76th season.

Both squads enter their matchup on opposite sides: the Celtics dealing with the fallout of Ime Udoka's in-house affair and the 76ers with a ton of optimism due to their offseason moves and James Harden working into shape.

Philadelphia is going for it all this season with the additions of low-risk, high-reward players like P.J. Tucker, Montrezl Harrell, De'Anthony Melton and Danuel House–all of whom are expected to play important minutes alongside their stars.

Joel Embiid is once again poised to be in the running for NBA MVP honors after playing a career-high 68 games last season.

For the Celtics, adding Malcolm Brogdon, Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari to their bench depth was a response to their issues in the finals against the Golden State Warriors, but the latter is not expected to play this season after tearing his ACL.

Udoka will not be joining the team this season to serve his season-long suspension, and it will be up to assistant coach Joe Mazzulla to lead their core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart to another finals berth–albeit without the help of Robert Williams III in this part of the season as he recovers from knee surgery.

The highlight of opening night will see reigning finals MVP Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors host LeBron James and the retooled Los Angeles Lakers.

Questions surrounding the Warriors' formidable team chemistry arose in recent weeks after their vocal leader in Draymond Green decked Jordan Poole in the face during team practice, which led to doubt about them repeating.

Both sides have since come out in public to squash the beef, but it does not mean that fans are convinced that the pair's issues with one another are not completely over.

The Warriors handed out big-money extensions to both Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, while Green is expected to either take his player option or negotiate a deal next offseason.

For Los Angeles fans, they are certainly hoping that this season turns out completely different than the last two after adding guys like Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Thomas Bryant and Lonnie Walker IV among others to shore up their depth concerns.

Schroder will not play in the season-opener as he recovers from undergoing surgery on his right thumb.

With a much better team constructed compared to last season, at least on paper, the Lakers faithful are hoping to see their squad pull off the upset against the Warriors.

TNT will have the honor of hosting an opening night with the Inside The NBA crew set for another season full of analysis, hijinks and entertainment after signing their own extensions.

The 76ers versus Celtics game will start at 7:30 PM ET, with the Lakers and Warriors set for 10:00 PM ET.

NBA fans in the United States can catch both games on TNT via NBA TV, DirecTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, while fans around the world will have the NBA League Pass as their go-to app or opt to watch the opening night on TV through their local cable provider.

Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Wells Fargo Center on December 11, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images