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2019-20 schedule: 76ers open season vs. Celtics

Andrew Porter
August 12, 2019 - 3:08 pm

The 2019-20 NBA schedule has been released! The Sixers will open the season on Wednesday, October 23rd against the Celtics. 

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One thing to note, a good thing for East coast fans, the TNT double header times have been moved up!

Also, there is an all-time low number of back-to-backs.

5 things to note:

  1. Jimmy Butler returns on Saturday, November 23rd
  2. T.J. McConnell returns on Saturday, November 30th
  3. JJ Redick returns on Friday, December 13th
  4. Christmas Day vs. Milwaukee is at 2:30pm
  5. Sixers host the Lakers on Saturday, January 25th at 8:30pm

Related: Very important 2019-20 Sixers' game-by-game predictions

Philadelphia is entering its third season with both a healthy Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, arguably the best 25-and-younger NBA duo, and will play in their third straight Christmas game on December 25th (at home against Milwaukee). 

This Sixers will have to gel another new lineup together together, but this one—Embiid, Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, and Al Horford—is expected to be one of the league's elite defensive lineups, with plenty of bodies to throw at Giannis (plus Zhaire Smith and Matisse Thybulle off of the bench). 

Today is the six year anniversary of Brett Brown being hired. 

Brown, 58, is 178-314 in the regular season, but 103-61 over the last two seasons with Simmons and Embiid. Brown is also 12-10 in the playoffs.