Breaking down the Sixers official 2022-23 schedule
With the Sixers 2022-23 schedule released today, let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with here.
The Sixers will travel to Boston to face their rival Celtics to kickstart the season on October 18th. The two teams split their four-game season series last season, the matchup should serve as an excellent test against the reigning Eastern Conference champs.
The 76ers home opener this year will be against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 20th. The Bucks got the better of the Sixers in their three-game season series last year, winning two of the three. The Wells Fargo Center will be packed regardless of the opponent, but I’d imagine this specific opponent will be a coveted one.
James Harden most notably broke the news that the Sixers will face the New York Knicks on Christmas day. Harden tweeted “Christmas in the Garden!”, later confirmed by Shams. The Sixers were left off the Christmas day schedule the last two seasons. However, playing in Madison Square Garden on Christmas this year is an honor. This holiday game will be taking place at 12 PM on Christmas day.
The NBA confirmed on Tuesday that no games would be played on election day, November 8. Instead, all 30 teams are now playing on the 7th to use their platform to encourage fans to vote. The NBA is hoping to use this opportunity to emphasize civic engagement.
In addition, over the next several months, NBA teams will be giving out information on their respective state’s voting processes and voter registration deadlines. As a result, November 7th should be an exciting viewer experience day for fans.
“The decision came out of the NBA family’s focus on promoting nonpartisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to make a plan to vote during midterm elections,” the league said in a statement on Tuesday.NBA.com
It’s safe to say the Brooklyn Nets matchups will be circled on all 76ers fan’s calendars. The first meeting in Philly between the two will occur on November 22nd. That should give Ben Simmons plenty of time to plan an excuse to sit out of that game. Although I’m sure, some Klutch sports rat already knew this beforehand.
NBA Rivals Week
According to Ben Golliver an NBA writer for WashingtonPost, the NBA will be conducting “NBA Rivals Week” from January 24th-28th. This will feature 11 rivalry games in that span. The Sixers are participating in two of them, one being against the Nets, and the other being against the Denver Nuggets.
Are we sure the Nets-Sixers is even a rivalry? Besides the obvious reasons, the two have only met in the playoffs twice in the last 40 years. You could probably find five to six other opponents that would fit that criteria for “rivalry week”.
Vengeance in Toronto
The Philadelphia 76ers will be heading to Toronto for a back-to-back with the Raptors on October 26th and October 28th. This will be a prime opportunity to get vengeance on the assault Pascal Siakam committed on Joel Embiid’s face. While Sixers fans would agree that Scotia Bank Arena is cursed, we can’t forget Embiid’s game-winner in this past post-season.
Sixers Marquee Home Games
Phoenix Suns @ Philadelphia 76ers 11/7
Los Angeles Lakers @ Philadelphia 76ers 12/9
Golden State Warriors @ Philadelphia 76ers 12/16
The Philadelphia 76ers will have 34 nationally televised games in the 2022-23 season. 11 of those games will be on NBA TV. I can’t ever remember them having that many. Anyways, mark your Calendars, Sixers fans! It is expected that 41 of the team’s home games will be sellout crowds.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer