For the first time ever, NBA will have a Rivals Week for the 2022-23 season. Here is what it is, and what matchups fans will see that week.
This past week, some of the most pivotal games of the 2022-23 NBA season were unveiled in a variety of reports. But on Wednesday, Aug. 17, the league officially announced the entire schedule for the upcoming season.
There are some special events on the schedule, such as the Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Days. But this season, the NBA will have Rivals Week, which will take place on the week of Jan. 23, 2023. So, what is Rivals Week?
What is NBA Rivals Week?
In the NBA’s official announcement, Rivals Week will consist of “classic and budding rivalries between teams and players.” It will feature 11 nationally televised matchups, which will end with a tripleheader on Jan. 28, with the headlining game being between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
For those wondering which teams will be playing in Rivals Week and when, we have you covered.
NBA Rivals Week matchups, dates
Tuesday, Jan. 24
- Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
- LA Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:00 p.m. ET on TNT
Wednesday, Jan. 25
- Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors, 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
Thursday, Jan. 26
- Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
- Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns, 10:00 p.m. ET on TNT
Friday, Jan. 27
- Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves, 7:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV
- Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, 10:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV
Saturday, Jan. 28
- Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers, 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets, 5:30 p.m. ET on ABC
- Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC