The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will kick off the 2017-18 NBA season in Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, the league announced Thursday. Golden State and Houston will play afterward at 10:30 E.T.
Also included in the NBA Tip-Off Week announcement were games featuring the Clippers, Lakers, Warriors, and Spurs:
The #KiaTipOff17 National TV Schedule!
10/17: BOS/CLE, HOU/GSW ?
10/18: PHI/WAS, MIN/SAS
10/19: NYK/OKC, LAC/LAL
10/20: CLE/MIL, GSW/NOP pic.twitter.com/68D6PPsj6c
— NBA (@NBA) August 10, 2017
Cleveland and Boston squared off this past spring in the Eastern Conference Finals, where Cleveland dominated and advanced in five games. The Warriors and Rockets competed against each other in the West Finals back in 2015. All four teams will feature new faces like Chris Paul, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Rose, Nick Young and much more.
Another matchup that will be poised to be an entertaining one is the Philadelphia 76er’s going up against the Washington Wizards. This will be a great opportunity for the world to see Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons’ NBA debuts.
The league also announced the Christmas Day schedule, which is headlined by a rematch of the 2017 Finals between Cleveland and Golden State at Oracle Arena.
The entire season schedule for all 30 teams is slated to be released in the coming days, according to multiple media reports.