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Report: Sixers to play Celtics on TNT to kick off regular season

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76ers score another away game in prime time to rejuvenate an old rivalry

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Five Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

After reports last night confirmed the slate of games for this season’s Christmas day schedule, it looks like the 76ers and Celtics are the new faces of the NBA.

Today, the NBA has doubled down on the two Eastern Conference upstarts, as Sam Amick of USA Today Sports has confirmed early rumors of a 76ers-Celtics match-up to kick off the 2018-2019 NBA regular season.

It’s nice to see that the league understands who its exciting young teams are. A follow-up of Warriors/Thunder is a solid West Coast bout as well. However, it is a bit lame to see that Boston has scored home games for both of these prime time slots. Understandably, the Sixers couldn’t host the Christmas day game due to Disney on Ice in Philly. However, it would have made sense to throw the team a bone and open up their season at home on TNT as a trade-off. Maybe Adam Silver is still upset about the whole Coleangelo saga and how it ended earlier this summer?

There will certainly be enough juice for this game regardless of where it is played. The return of Markelle Fultz and a reformed jumper. The additions of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to an Eastern Conference favorite in Boston. Tatum vs Simmons. Embiid vs Horford.

Either way, with these games announced, we are one step closer to meaningful basketball.