There are 75 days between the 2022-23 season opener on Oct. 18 and the top of the 2022 calendar 12 months. A complete of 546 games shall be played over that point, with 431 games available exclusively on NBA League Pass.
Listed below are 20 must-see games on NBA League Pass during that stretch.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m. ET
The primary matchup of the season features the 2 most up-to-date No 1. overall draft picks as this 12 months’s top selection Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic visit 2021 top pick Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons within the opening game of the season for each teams. The NBA GM Survey has tabbed Banchero as the favourite to win Rookie of the 12 months; Cunningham finished third within the official voting behind Scottie Barnes and Evan Mobley following his debut season.
Latest Orleans Pelicans at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET
This game features the long-awaited return of two All-Stars within the opening game of the season: Zion Williamson for the Pelicans and Ben Simmons for the Nets. While each players provided a tease of their opening games of the preseason – Simmons had six points, five assists and 4 boards in 19 minutes on Monday; Zion posted 13 points and 4 boards in 13 minutes on Tuesday – this shall be their first real motion after each players missed all of last season.
Sunday, Oct. 23
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET
Damian Lillard missed more games last season (53 because of an abdominal injury that required surgery) than he had in the primary nine seasons of his NBA profession combined (38 missed games out of 720 total). With Lillard healthy to open the 2022-23 season, it’s once more Dame Time. In Portland’s third game of the season, the Blazers will face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the remaining of the Lakers. In 32 profession games against the Lakers, Lillard has averaged 28.0 ppg, his second-highest scoring average against any opponent.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors, 7:30 p.m. ET
This can be a rematch of last 12 months’s first round playoff series within the Eastern Conference, won by Philadelphia in six games. The Sixers took a 3-0 series lead before the Raptors fought back to force Games 5 and 6 before eventually succumbing to Joel Embiid and company. The Raptors won the regular season series 3-1, but were a bit shorthanded within the playoffs with Rookie of the 12 months Scottie Barnes and All-Star Fred VanVleet each missing two games. Philly would fall to Miami within the East semifinals and retool their roster within the offseason; this early season game will offer a glimpse of those recent additions across the Sixers core.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs, 8 p.m. ET
The last meeting between these teams on Feb. 28 was a Ja Morant highlight reel as he scored a career-best 52 points and did so in spectacular fashion. Not only did Morant have a poster dunk on this game, but it surely also provided the top play of the season with Steven Adams throwing a full-length touchdown inbounds pass with 0.4 seconds left to Morant, who caught the ball in mid-air while falling out of bounds and got the shot off in time to beat the buzzer. What’s going to he have in store this time?
The poster or the buzzer-beater?
Which of those 2 incredible Ja Morant plays is best?
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Tuesday, Nov. 15
LA Clippers at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. ET
This 12 months’s GM Survey has the Clippers tied with the Warriors because the favorites to win the Western Conference because of the return of Kawhi Leonard after missing all of last season (ACL), a healthy Paul George (missed much of last season with an elbow injury) and the addition of John Wall (missed all of last season with Houston) to hitch the remaining of the deep Clippers squad. This matchup with Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks – coming off their first trip to the West Finals in over a decade – a month into the season should provide a very good indicator of how well this Clippers team is coming together.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Detroit Pistons at Sacramento Kings, 6 p.m. ET
The Sacramento Kings surprised many on draft night once they chosen Keegan Murray with the No. 4 overall pick when many had projected Jaden Ivey as the primary player to go after the presumptive top three of Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith. With the Kings taking Murray – who would go on to be the MVP of the Summer League in Las Vegas – the Pistons scooped up Ivey with the subsequent pick. These two lottery picks meet for the primary time as pros in Sacramento.
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. ET
This can be a rematch of last 12 months’s first round playoff series within the Eastern Conference, won by Milwaukee in five games behind the dominant play of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who averaged 28.6 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists within the series. Chicago’s run to the playoffs ended a four-year postseason drought within the Windy City and the Bulls will look to construct on that improvement this season. This matchup with the Bucks just over a month into the season will provide a very good test.
Sunday, Nov. 27
Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks, 5 p.m. ET
One other rematch from last season’s first round of the East playoffs, where the top-seeded Heat took out the eighth-seeded Hawks in five games behind Jimmy Butler’s 30.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Either the Heat (2020, 2022) or the Hawks (2021) have appeared within the Eastern Conference finals in each of the past three seasons. Will or not it’s 4 in a row when the 2023 postseason comes around?
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m. ET
We’ve got one other rematch from last 12 months’s first round, this time within the Western Conference because the Grizzlies took out the Timberwolves in six games as Ja Morant nearly averaged a triple-double (21.5 ppg, 10.5 apg, 8.7 rpg) and Desmond Bane led the Grizz in scoring (23.5 ppg). After surviving the Play-In Tournament to secure their second playoff berth in 18 seasons, the Wolves made an enormous splash within the offseason by trading for three-time Defensive Player of the 12 months Rudy Gobert to pair with All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns and rising star Anthony Edwards. How well will the Wolves look six weeks into this new-look squad?
Indiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m. ET
In probably the most stunning moves finally 12 months’s trade deadline, the Sacramento Kings sent Tyrese Haliburton (a steal because the No. 12 pick within the 2020 draft) to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for All-Star forward/center Domantas Sabonis. Haliburton, who was shocked by the trade as he saw himself as a constructing block for the Kings, will return to Sacramento for the primary time because the trade.
Friday, Dec. 2
Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET
This can be a rematch of last 12 months’s Eastern Conference finals, which the Celtics won in seven games after Jimmy Butler’s potential go-ahead 3-pointer got here up short in the ultimate 20 seconds of a furious Miami comeback within the winner-take-all game. That is the second-half of a two-game set between these teams in Boston, with the primary matchup coming on Nov. 30 on NBA TV.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m. ET
Last season saw a number of firsts for Stephen Curry: he moved into first place on the all-time 3-pointers made list and have become the primary player in league history to make a minimum of 3,000 profession 3-pointers; he won his first Finals MVP honor after leading the Warriors to their fourth title in eight years; and he hit the primary buzzer-beater of his profession – this one coming against Houston back on Jan. 21. It was an off-shooting night for Curry, who finished just 6-21 on the night, but he made the shot that mattered most.
Sunday, Dec. 4
Denver Nuggets at Latest Orleans Pelicans, 3:30 p.m. ET
The League Pass watch guide wouldn’t be complete without a minimum of one appearance from the reigning back-to-back league MVP Nikola Jokic. Can Jokic have the identical success he had against Latest Orleans last season? He posted two of his top 4 scoring games (46 points on March 6; 39 points on Dec. 8) against the Pelicans and got here only one assist shy of recording a triple-double in all 4 matchups. Jokic finished with a league-high 19 triple-doubles last season, with three coming against Latest Orleans, his most against any opponent.
Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets, 6 p.m. ET
This can be a rematch of last season’s first round matchup within the Eastern Conference playoffs, in a series that was much closer than the ultimate consequence would indicate– a Boston four-game sweep. All 4 games were decided by seven points or less, including a Game 1 classic that included a game-winning spinning layup on the buzzer by Jayson Tatum. That is the primary meeting because the Celtics ended the Nets season on April 25.
Friday, Dec. 9
Phoenix Suns at Latest Orleans Pelicans, 8:30 p.m. ET
After opening the season 1-12, the Pelicans found their way late within the season following a trade deadline deal for All-Star guard CJ McCollum and climbed into the Play-In Tournament as they looked to secure a playoff berth for the primary time in 4 years. The Pelicans survived elimination games against the Spurs and Clippers to secure the No. 8 seed and a matchup with the top-ranked Suns, who finished eight games higher than any team within the league. While the Pelicans looked overmatched on paper, they didn’t play prefer it, as they pushed the Suns to a hard-fought six-game series. The teams will first meet on Oct. 28 in Phoenix, but this shall be the primary of a two-game set in Latest Orleans.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. ET
This shall be Rudy Gobert’s first game back in Utah because the blockbuster trade this July that sent him to Minnesota for one among the largest trade hauls in league history because the Timberwolves sent five players and five future draft picks to the Jazz for the three-time Defensive Player of the 12 months. Gobert spent the primary nine seasons of his NBA profession in Utah, a run that included six straight playoff berths but no trips beyond the conference semifinals. Before Gobert tries to seek out playoff success with the Wolves, the middle from France will face his former team in his first American home city.
Monday, Dec. 19
Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m. ET
Gobert wasn’t the one All-Star that the Jazz traded this offseason; Utah also struck a take care of Cleveland that sent Donovan Mitchell to the Cavs in exchange for 3 players (Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji and Collin Sexton) and three future draft picks. While this won’t be a homecoming game for Mitchell, it’ll be the primary time he faces his former team, but he’ll achieve this in his recent home in Cleveland.
Friday, Dec. 23
Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET
This can be a matchup of the team the league’s GMs have tabbed as title favorites this season (Milwaukee) against the team they tabbed as title favorites last season (Brooklyn). This can be a rematch of the 2021 Eastern Conference semifinal series won by the Bucks in seven games on their technique to winning the 2021 NBA championship. Things could have played out much in a different way had Kevin Durant’s toe not been on the 3-point line within the closing seconds of regulation in Game 7. While Milwaukee’s big three from that 2021 run stays the identical, the Nets have a new-look with Ben Simmons taking the place of James Harden.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Latest York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. ET
We close out of League Pass watch guide for the rest of the 2022 calendar 12 months with one other player returning to face his former team for the primary time. Lower than two months faraway from helping the Dallas Mavericks advance to the Western Conference finals for the primary time in over a decade, Jalen Brunson signed a free agent deal to hitch the Latest York Knicks in July. This shall be Brunson’s first game back in Dallas because the deal, returning to the town he spent the primary 4 seasons of his NBA profession.