Get ready to mark your calendar Sixers fans! We’re about two months away from the beginning of the 2017 – 2018 NBA season. After unveiling the first week of nationally televised games and the Christmas Day schedule a week ago, the NBA released its full season schedule on Monday evening. Here are some key matchups worth checking out this upcoming season:
The Sixers begin their season on the road October 18 in Washington against John Wall and the Wizards.
Number one draft picks Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons debut at the Wells Fargo Center against the Boston Celtics on Friday October 20.
The Houston Rockets with newly acquired point guard Chris Paul square off in Philadelphia on October 25. The Sixers will welcome the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors November 18. On November 27, Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will visit with or without Kyrie Irving on the roster.
The number two draft pick, Lonzo Ball, and the LA Lakers will travel to Philadelphia for what should be an exciting battle of the top two draft picks on December 7. MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George come to town as the Sixers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 15.
Christmas Day will see the Sixers travel to New York to take on the Knicks in one of many nationally televised games.
The team will travel to London to play a game against the Boston Celtics at the O2 Arena January 11.
April 11 will be the season finale at home against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rest was a big topic of discussion last season after many of the top all stars sat out on games that were to be nationally televised. The NBA is making sure this does not happen again, especially with back-to-back games. The Sixers will have 14 sets of back-to-back games, down 18 from last season.
The Sixers have an exciting season ahead of them and fans will have a chance to see this team potentially make a push for the playoffs. Twenty-three games will be broadcast on national television. Nine of them will air on ESPN including the season opener and the Christmas Day game. Nine more games will air on NBA TV and five will be on TNT.
Here is a link to the full season schedule: http://www.nba.com/sixers/schedule