Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA's early opening night

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The Warriors also will be featured on Christmas Day when they play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers at noon on ABC in a rematch of the previous three NBA Finals.

The holiday matchup against the Wizards, who fell to the Celtics in a grueling seven-game series during the Eastern Conference Semifinals, will start at 5:30 p.m. The game will be the first of TNT's doubleheader, followed by the Golden State Warriors hosting the Houston Rockets.

As expected, Golden State will face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third season in a row on Christmas Day, also at Oracle Arena.

The Wizards last played on Christmas Day in 2014, when they defeated the Knicks in NY.

Washington at Boston on Christmas Day. Teams are now finalizing rosters and top management is now filling up vacant roles in order for them to have a complete organization once training camp begins next month. Additionally, the Warriors will play on the road in New Orleans against the Pelicans on October 20 in their second game of the season, getting their first look at the Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins front court, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

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Whether Irving or Carmelo Anthony will be a part of those first two games is a mystery at this point, with both players being involved in trade talks.

The final game of the day will feature two up-and-coming teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers, at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

Nobody wants to see the Cavaliers trounce over a team on opening night, and the Celtics are the team anyone in the league would have the most confidence in avoiding that.

The NBA has officially begun to release a portion of its 2017-18 schedule. They'll open the season against each other on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.

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