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What we know about the 2022-23 NBA schedule: Opening night, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day games

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We’re getting closer to the start of the 2022-23 NBA season, and with that comes the official release of the regular season schedule, which will be revealed in full on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, depending on the league. Although we don’t have the full schedule yet, we already know many of the marquee games that would be scheduled for the upcoming season, including the games that will take place on opening night (October 18), the day of Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Here’s a look at what we know about the 2022-23 schedule so far:

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Opening night — Oct. 18

Opening night will feature the two teams that played in the NBA Finals last season. In one game, the defending champion Golden State Warriors will host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Both of these teams also played on opening night last season, but that game was in Los Angeles. This time it will take place in San Francisco. Prior to the whistleblowing, the Warriors will receive their championship rings from last season. In the other game, the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics will host the Philadelphia 76ers. This game could potentially serve as a preview of the conference finals, as both teams look set to have a deep playoff run after some solid additions in the offseason.

Election Day — November 8

The NBA announced that this season, no games will be played on Election Day, which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2022. According to the league, the decision not to hold games on Election Day stems from the league’s emphasis on promoting non-partisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to make a plan to vote in the midterm elections. The league has typically scheduled games on Election Day in the past, so this decision is novel.

Christmas Day — December 25

This Christmas Day slate obviously has no shortage of stories and star power. The game between the Celtics and Bucks will feature the last two Eastern Conference champions, and it will serve as a rematch of last season’s conference semifinal series. It will also be an opportunity to present two of the best players in the game in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum. The game between the Knicks and 76ers doesn’t necessarily jump off the page, but it does feature one of the league’s deadliest duos in Joel Embiid and James Harden.

The other three games of the day are also intriguing battles between the Western Conference elites. Defending MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets will host Chris Paul, Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns. Either team could potentially represent the conference in the 2023 NBA Finals, so that should be fine. Next, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks will host LeBron James and the Lakers. Exactly how good either team will be remains to be seen, but seeing James and Doncic face off is more than enough reason to tune in. Finally, the Warriors will host the Grizzlies in a rematch of the final conference semifinal series of the season. This series featured a lot of action – and chatter – so the rematch could turn out to be quite spicy.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 16

Two teams that didn’t quite make the Christmas Day cut in the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat will square off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The game will serve as a rematch of last season’s first-round series in which Miami dispatched Atlanta in five games. Both of these teams should once again factor into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, so the game could also serve as a potential playoff preview. The top two teams in the Western Conference by record last season will also face off on MLK Day when the Grizzlies host the Suns. Both of these teams also play on Christmas Day, so they’ll get some serious national exposure.

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