2022-23 NBA Schedule: Warriors vs. Lakers; Celtics vs. Sixers on opening night, according to the report

We’re getting closer to the start of the 2022-23 NBA season and with it the probable release of the schedule fully revealed on Wednesday, per Marc Stein. We already know the five Christmas Day matchups featuring stars like Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and now we know both games for opening night on October 18.

The Golden State Warriors will host the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Boston Celtics will host the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night, reports say The Athletic Shams Charania. The Lakers and Warriors played opening night a season ago, but that game, a Warriors win, was played in Los Angeles. Since the Warriors are the defending champions this time, they will start the season at home and receive their championship rings in the presence of the Lakers.

As of now, this game is a mismatch. The Warriors are the defending champions. The Lakers missed the postseason a year ago and haven’t made any significant changes to their roster … yet. They’re on the hunt for Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, an opponent the Warriors know well. He was the one who hit the series-winning shot that ended Golden State’s bid for back-to-back championships in 2016. Whether Irving is available or not, the Lakers are still chasing trades to break away from Russell Westbrook, their disappointing signing a season ago.

Whether the Lakers can improve or not, James vs. Curry is the tie here. Since both are in their 30s, they don’t have too many fights against each other anymore. Everyone should be appreciated by the fans. Those attending this one in San Francisco certainly will. They couldn’t ask for a better opponent after receiving their championship rings in 2022 than the man they beat to win it all in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

In the evening’s other fixture, we’ll see two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams go head-to-head in a preview of the East Finals. The Celtics are hoping to build on the success of last season, which ended after Curry and the Warriors toppled them in the NBA Finals. With new signings Malcolm Brogdon in backcourt and Danilo Gallinari off the bench, Boston should be in prime position to make another deep playoff run.

Ditto for their opening night opponent at the Sixers, who are hoping a full season from Joel Embiid and James Harden will be enough to get them over the hill from missing out on their championship aspirations. Ironically, these two teams are rumored to be linked in a potential trade from the Brooklyn Nets to landing Superstar forward Kevin Durant. If Durant lands with either team before opening night, it will only make this duel all the more tempting to watch.

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