As the NBA revealed the schedules for all 30 teams heading into the 2022-23 season, the Boston Celtics are going to be quite busy playing a lot of games in the national spotlight.
Of their 82-game slate, 37 will be nationally televised, as 25 will be on ESPN, TNT, and ABC combined. The remaining 12 matches will be shown on NBA TV.
Boston will begin the season hosting the Philadelphia 76ers on October 18 at 7:30 p.m. on TNT. This will be the Celtics’ first encounter against the star duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden, who suffered an underwhelming second-round exit to the Miami Heat just last season.
The first ESPN game for the Boston Celtics will be on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. against Miami in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Boston escaped an inspiring onslaught from Heat star Jimmy Butler to win the series in seven games and advance to the NBA Finals.
Boston will make its first appearance on NBA TV taking on the New York Knicks on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. Even though last season’s head-to-head series finished 2-2, both teams retooled their rosters significantly throughout the offseason to make the matchup interesting this time around.
In a rematch of the 2022 championship round, the C’s head out to San Francisco on December 10 to face the Golden State on ABC at 8:30 p.m. Despite losing in six games, Boston enjoyed its first Finals appearance since 2010 as the team seeks to get payback against the Warriors.
Boston gets to celebrate Christmas by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on ABC at 5 p.m. A rematch of what was an incredible seven-game series in the Eastern Semifinals, both teams will anticipate what could be a potential game of the year should they have no major injuries heading into it.
In the new year, the Boston Celtics will have interesting encounters with Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on January 5 at 7:30 p.m. on TNT, a home match against their historic rivals in the Los Angeles Lakers on January 28 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, and a dynamic Memphis Grizzlies squad led by Ja Morant on February 12 at 2 p.m. on ABC.
Fresh coming out of All-Star Week, the fifth and last ABC game Boston will have is against Philadelphia on February 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Finishing their ESPN slate with a triple-header, the Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 1, the Brooklyn Nets on March 3, and the Knicks on March 5.
Boston will deal with its final two games on NBA TV against the Sacramento Kings on March 21 at 10 p.m. and the Indiana Pacers on March 24 at 7 p.m.
The last two nationally televised games Boston will play are on TNT against Milwaukee on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Philadelphia on April 4 at 8 p.m.