For the second straight year, the Celtics will be facing off with the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night (Oct. 23), but this time the showdown with Al Horford and his new team will be on the road. The ESPN-televised showdown kicks off the 82-game slate for Boston which was revealed on Monday afternoon.
Despite losing Kyrie Irving and Horford in free agency, the Celtics continue to be a top draw for the league in the eyes of TV executives as Boston will play 25 of their contests on national TV (ABC, ESPN, TNT). That’s just a two-game decrease from last season and the highest number of any team in the Eastern Conference.
The majority of the team’s high-profile matchups against former teammates will be nationally televised as the C’s face off with the Sixers (Oct. 23) and Nets (Nov. 27) early in the year. All of the showdowns with high profile West opponents will be on national TV as well as the Warriors (Nov. 15, Jan. 30), Lakers (Jan. 20, Feb. 23) and Clippers (Nov. 20, Feb. 13) get top billing.