NBA schedule 2018: 5 things to know about opening night

Fans will have a two-game doubleheader to enjoy on Tuesday's first night of NBA action (October 16).

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The 2018-19 NBA season will officially tipoff on Tuesday night. Four teams are in action, with the defending world champions featured in the doubleheader. Below are five things you need to know for the first night of NBA games on the schedule.

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NBA playoffs rematch opens schedule

Last year's NBA playoffs saw the Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers take place, but it could have been much more. It was a young, rising team against the more experienced veterans. Boston's experience won, even with their top two stars out. Now, the teams will meet up in Boston for an opening night rematch. This game begins at 8 PM ET on TNT.

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Celtics' All-Stars are back

While Jayson Tatum is on the rise and Al Horford has been a major star, two other stars are back. Gordon Hayward missed pretty much all of last season after his horrific fall in the Celtics' first game. Kyrie Irving played a lot more of the season, but missed the playoffs. Both players are healthy, and ready to contribute so it should be interesting to see how Boston looks.

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