Sixers unveil 2017-18 regular-season schedule

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Robert Covington celebrates with teammates Nik Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric after a win last season.

If Joel Embiid,  Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric weren’t enough to convince you the 76ers could be very prominent this year, the NBA said so by revealing the team will appear in 14 nationally-televised games this upcoming season, including a Christmas Day game in New York against the Knicks.

The season will begin on Oct. 18 when the Sixers travel to Washington for an ESPN contest. The home-opener will be two nights later when the Boston Celtics arrive at the Wells Fargo Center.

[See the full schedule HERE.]

The team will welcome the defending champion Golden State Warriors to the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 18, just a week after the two teas will meet in Oakland, Calif. Second overall pick Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers will come to Philly for their only visit on Dec. 7. That 8 p.m. game will be shown on TNT.

For the first time since 2001, the Sixers will be active on Christmas as they will play Knicks at Madison Square Garden, a noon ESPN game. They will then head west for games against Portland, Denver and Phoenix to close out a five-game, holiday road trip. Their other trip out west will come in early November when they’ll travel to Utah, Sacramento, Golden State, the Clippers and Lakers.

LeBron James and the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers will make two visits, the first on Nov. 27 and the second on Friday, April 6.

On Jan. 11, the Sixers will “host” the Boston Celtics in London.

The two five-game road trips in November and December are the Sixers’ longest, and two other times they’ll have four-game stretches on the road. From Nov. 18 to Dec. 7 the Sixers will play nine of 10 games at the Wells Fargo Center.