The 2022-23 NBA schedule is out. Here are 5 highlights

BY AYUSH GAUTAM

In total, 1,230 games will be played over the five-and-a-half months of the season, with games taking place this year in Mexico and France.

Here are five highlights to look for in the NBA's 2022-23 regular season schedule (all times are ET).

Golden State Warriors, who won the Finals in June, will raise their banner October 18 at 10:00 p.m. in the late game of a nationally televised doubleheader on TNT against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. They will host the Philadelphia 76ers, also on TNT, at 7:30 p.m.

Opening night pays tribute to winner and loser of the NBA Finals

The King enters the season with 37,062 career points, second on the all-time scoring list. That puts him 1,325 behind former Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387 James is projected to become the scoring king from the 44th through the 49th games of the season.

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Fans' The NBA schedule will be completely clear on Tuesday, Nov. 8. In an effort to encourage fans to vote during the midterm elections, the NBA will not have any games that night, and the league is encouraging teams to share election information with their fan bases.

Election night

As always, Christmas Day will be one of the key dates on the NBA calendar. All games will be broadcast on ESPN or ABC. Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks (Noon) Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks (2:30 p.m.) Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics (5 p.m.) Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors (8 p.m.) Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m.)

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In all, nine games are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16. Four of those will be televised. Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets (1 p.m. on NBA TV) Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks (3:30 p.m. on TNT) Phoenix Suns at Memphis Grizzlies (6 p.m. on TNT) Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. on NBA TV)

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