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Celtics open season at Cavaliers, host Wizards on Christmas

Jae Crowder and the Celtics will get reacquainted with LeBron James and the Cavaliers on the NBA’s opening night Oct. 17. Jim Davis/Globe staff/File/Globe Staff

The revamped Celtics will be getting more national exposure this season, beginning on the opening night of the NBA campaign and including a game on Christmas Day.

The Celtics will take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland when the league tips off its season on Oct. 17. The 8 p.m. game — a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference finals — fronts a TNT doubleheader, followed by the Rockets and defending champion Warriors playing in Oakland, Calif., at 10:30.

Boston has the middle game of a five-game slate on Dec. 25, hosting rival Washington at 5:30 p.m. on ABC. The Celtics and Wizards staged a seven-game battle in the Eastern semifinals last season.


The Cavaliers and Warriors, who have met in the last three NBA Finals, will meet on Christmas Day for the third straight season. Golden State will host Cleveland at 3 p.m. on ABC.