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Leaked NBA schedule has Heat opener Oct. 19 against visiting Bulls, inactive over Christmas – The Denver Post

Although the 2022-23 NBA schedule won’t be released until 3 p.m. Wednesday, several items have already leaked from the Miami Heat schedule.

Among them:

– Despite managing to qualify in a single game from last season’s NBA Finals, the Heat won’t be featured on opening night.

The season-opening doubleheader on Oct. 18 will feature the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

–The Heat will open defense of their No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs at FTX Arena on Oct. 19 against the Chicago Bulls.

– Two nights later, on Oct. 21, the Heat will host the Celtics in the first of four meetings against the team that eliminated them in seven games in last season’s Eastern Conference Semifinals.

–The Heat aren’t scheduled for a Christmas Day game — the only team to play in last season’s conference semifinals not scheduled for Dec. 25. Instead, their place was taken by the New York Knicks.

– The Heat are scheduled to play in Atlanta against the Hawks on Martin Luther King Day morning Jan. 16.

– Neither the Heat nor any NBA team will play on Election Day on Nov. 8.

Instead, the NBA announced on Tuesday that the “programming decision stemmed from the NBA Family’s focus on promoting nonpartisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to plan their vote in the election.” mid-term.

The full schedule will be released Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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