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Rumor: Celtics-76ers, Warriors-Thunder in nationally televised opening-night games

Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 7: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets into an altercation with Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics as Jayson Tatum #0 and Marcus Morris #13 of the Boston Celtics and Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers try to break them up in the second quarter during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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The Celtics and 76ers look positioned to battle for Eastern Conference supremacy over the next decade.

Why not jump right into the rivalry next season?

Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:

Can’t go wrong with Warriors-Thunder, either – especially with Paul George re-signing and making Oklahoma City a credible-enough threat. We’re still intrigued by the personal rivalry between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. But as that fades, the Thunder must increase their overall competitiveness against the NBA’s top team.

The league needn’t put its best matchups on opening night. We’ll be excited for the first games regardless, and Boston-Philadelphia and Golden State-Oklahoma City will draw attention any date. But these shape up as fun openers.