NBA officially releases schedule for opening week, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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It's only August, but it's officially time to get excited for NBA basketball this fall.

The NBA released the national TV schedule for the opening week of the regular season and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Wednesday.

Opening night will take place on Oct. 16 with two huge games. The Boston Celtics will host the Philadelphia 76ers to open the season, and that tilt will be followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder visiting the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors are expected to be without their prized acquisition this offseason on opening night, but DeMarcus Cousins will likely be in attendance to watch his new team receive their championship rings after they swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals.

LeBron James will officially make his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 18, when they open the campaign in Portland.

In more LeBron news, The King will reportedly return home to take on his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, for the first time as a member of the Lakers on Nov. 21, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

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The 33-year-old superstar made the decision to leave the Cavaliers on July 1 via free agency. However, the fan reaction has been far more positive than his exit in 2010, when he left his home state to form a powerhouse with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which lands on Jan. 21 this upcoming year, will also feature some awesome matchups.

Christmas Day, which is always a platform for some of the most highly-anticipated games of the year, will feature five games. News of the matchups leaked Tuesday, but now they're official.

The NBA hasn't announced an official date yet for the full schedule to be released, but last season it was revealed four days after the opening week and holiday games were released to the public. That means the entire 2018-19 schedule is likely to be announced later this week or early next week.

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