August 18, (THEWILL) – On October 18, the Golden State Warriors will begin their quest to defend their championship against the Los Angeles Lakers, kicking off the 2022/2023 NBA season.
That same opening day, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics will also play with both teams hoping to establish themselves as favourites to win the 2023 championship. It kicks off what ought to be an exciting regular season for the 30 teams in the league before the playoffs start in April.
The Warriors, after winning their fourth championship in eight years last season, should be viewed as strong contenders to win again, as long as their core squad can play. Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Stephen Curry, all contributed significantly to the postseason run, and they are all still among the league’s top players.
Meanwhile, Ime Udoka’s Boston Celtics, who were also NBA finalists, returned Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and added Malcolm Brogdon as vital depth. With guys that can harm opposing sides from both ends of the court, their squad is among the most comprehensive in the league and remain contenders.
Key dates to keep in mind for the season are:
Oct. 18: First Day of Season
Feb. 17-19: All-Star Weekend (Salt Lake City, Utah)
April 9: Regular Season Ends
April 11-14: Play-In Tournament
April 15: Playoffs Begin