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NBA the full schedule for 2023-24 season

The 2023-24 NBA season full schedule has just been released. All 30 teams know the order of play for their 82 regular-season matches. The 78th NBA season will begin in late October and for the first time in history, it will have 2 teams that will play 83 games. Those will be the two finalists of the brand new Play-In Tournament that from this year becomes a part of the NBA schedule. Here are the most important dates on the calendar that every NBA fan should circle!

Important dates of the 2023-24 NBA season

The most important date for most will be Tuesday, October 24th. This is the official day on which the action will begin with 2 juicy Western Conference clashes. More on that below.

The next important date will be Tuesday, November 03rd. On that day the first-ever NBA In-Season Tournament will begin.

The final of this new Tournament and the first-ever champion will be decided on December 09th in a showdown one-game clash in Las Vegas.

Then we come to the most loved by fans’ Christmas Day extravaganza with an excellent set of games to entertain us.

January brings Martin Luther King Jr Day and the Rivals Week matches. In February, the time has come for an All-Star Break.

The final day of the regular season is April 14th. Soon after the real action begins with the Play-In Tournament preceding the 2024 NBA playoffs.

When is opening night and who is playing?

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The NBA schedule for the 2023-24 season reveals that opening night will be on Tuesday, October 24th and on it there will be two great Western Conference clashes.

The first game of the new NBA season will see the fresh champions Denver Nuggets host the team they beat 4-0 in the Western Conference finals last June the LA Lakers. After receiving their rings the Nuggets will have to suit up and battle hard as the Lakers will seek revenge.

The second game on opening night promises to be as exciting. It sees the Golden State Warriors host the star-studded Phoenix Suns. Chris Paul’s first game as a Warrior will be against the team he left with a scandal. Oh, and let’s not forget KD is coming back to Golden State too!

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What’s the NBA Christmas Day lineup?

As always the most anticipated day of the NBA regular season calendar is Christmas Day and the NBA schedule hasn’t disappointed with 5 excellent matchups to entertain us all during that festive time. Here is the prestigious Christmas Day lineup:

Game 1 New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks

The Knicks always play on Christmas Day as they are the most popular NBA franchise. This year’s home duel against arguably the best team in the East for the past 4 seasons the Bucks has the potential to be an electrifying affair. Giannis vs Brunson, who would want to miss that.?

Game 2 Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers

The NBA Finalists Miami take to the floor next. They host the ambitious 76ers in another edition of the Jimmy Butler vs Joel Embiid show. Of course, come Christmas there might be more stars showing off in that matchup. Dame Lillard is still trying to force his way to Miami for once.

Game 3 Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics

No surprise here as the next game moves to the west coast and sees the greatest NBA rivalry in history write another chapter on the most important day of the NBA regular season. The Lakers vs Celtics duel have become the trademark of the NBA and on that festive day, we’ll be able to watch LeBron James vs Jayson Tatum, with both superstars supported by tons of talent too.

Game 4 Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks

Our penultimate destination according to the NBA schedule for Christmas is Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns will take on the Mavs in what promises to be the highest-scoring game of the night. We don’t have much doubt that the mighty clash of Luka Donฤiฤ‡ and Kyrie Irving vs. Kevin Durant/Devin Booker/Bradley Beal will produce a ridiculous amount of points.

Game 5 Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors

The Christmas celebrations will finish in the home of the champions Denver. They will take on the Dubs army from Golden State. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson vs. Nikola Jokiฤ‡ and Jamal Murray can’t be a bad matchup for sure.

Who will take to the court on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

As the tradition dictates Atlanta and Memphis always host games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and this season this will continue. The fans will be treated to 4 televised contests on this memorable day that will see players and staff all around the league celebrate the life and sacrifice of this giant of a man.

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Here are the 4 matchups for that day in their order of play:

Game 1 – Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets

Game 2 – Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs

Game 3 – Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors

Game 4 – LA Lakers vs OKC Thunder

What matchups we’ll see during the NBA Rivals Week?

One of the newest additions to the NBA schedule is the so-called Rivals Week. This will be only the second year in which this new venture will be on display. During 5 days in January (23-27) classic and new rivalries between teams intensify as the NBA schedule sees them face each other. There will be 11 televised rivalry clashes during that week and here is more about all of them:

When and where are the NBA Global Games?

As the NBA schedule for the 2023-24 season shows there will be only 2 Global Games. Here they are:

Game 1 – on November 09th Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks meet in Mexico City.

Game 2 – on January 11th Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet in Paris, France.

The final day of the regular season changes

The NBA 2023-24 regular season will end on Sunday, April 14th. This year there is a change in the schedule and to try and maximise competitiveness NBA decided to schedule all 30 teams to play. This guarantees a hectic final day of a regular season that promises to be extremely exciting!


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