The Sixers’ path back to the playoffs — and perhaps the NBA Finals — has been fully laid out as the NBA officially released the 2018-19 schedule on Friday.
We already knew the Sixers were slated for four national television games (Oct. 16 at Boston, Oct. 18 vs. Chicago, Dec. 25 at Boston and Jan. 21 vs. Houston). However, they’ll be in primetime plenty more as the Sixers have a total of 27 primetime games.
The schedule also features 13 back-to-back sets. The Sixers’ longest road trip runs from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2 and their deepest homestand takes place from Feb. 5 to 19.
Other highlights of the schedule include:
• LeBron James and the new-look Los Angeles Lakers make their lone trip to the Wells Fargo Center at home on Feb. 10.
• The defending champion Golden State Warriors make their annual trek to Philadelphia on March 2.
• The Sixers get their first look at Kawhi Leonard in a Toronto Raptors uniform Oct. 30 in Toronto.
• The rival Celtics make their first appearance of the season in Philly on Feb. 12.
• The Sixers will revisit their heated matchups from a year ago with Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder when the teams meet for the first time at home on Jan. 19.
• The Sixers get an opportunity to replay their first-round playoff series from last season when they take on the Miami Heat Nov. 12 in Miami.
• The budding rivalry between the Sixers and Milwaukee Bucks resumes with an Oct. 24 clash at Milwaukee.
• With the hotly-contested Rookie of the Year race in the rearview, Ben Simmons and Co. get a crack at Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz at home on Nov. 16.
The local broadcast TV schedule on NBC Sports Philadelphia will be released soon. Check out the team’s full 82-game slate right here below.