Here are some of the key games to look out for (all times Eastern):
The opener is always big and throw in the fact that it is the Celtics and the first game for the Sixers’ Al Horford against his ex-teammates. This will be the first of four games against the new-look Celtics led by former Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker.
This is a sneaky good Nuggets team that could challenge in the Western Conference. Center Nikola Jokic is emerging as one of the must-see players in the NBA. The rematch is Dec. 10 in Philadelphia.
Will former Sixer Markelle Fultz be playing for the Magic? The other reason this is significant is that it is the first of 13 back-to-backs for the Sixers. It will be interesting if Joel Embiid gets more rests on the back end of these games. The Sixers host Cleveland the previous evening.
This is the lone trip into Philadelphia for No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. Also a good time to check on former Sixers guard Jrue Holiday. Making matters more difficult is that the Sixers have to play in Boston the night before. The rematch with the Pelican isn’t until April 11 in New Orleans.
No doubt that ABC is already getting its promotion department ready to bill this as a Christmas Day game between potential Eastern Conference finalists. Also no doubt there will be plenty of mention of the last meeting when the Bucks won in Philadelphia on April 4, with MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo totaling 45 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks, while Joel Embiid had 34 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists and three blocks for the Sixers.
This ABC game is the only Philly appearance for LeBron James and the rejuvenated Lakers. The Sixers play at the Lakers on March 3.
This is the first time the Sixers will see Kawhi Leonard since his four bouncer knocked them out of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The rematch is March 1 at the Staples Center.
This is the final regular season game. Then the real business begins for the Sixers.