The NBA schedule for 2022-2023 is finally out. Teams around the league released their full 82-game schedules, a week before training camps start at the end of September. We already knew that on opening night, the Celtics would play against the 76ers, and the Warriors would play against the Lakers. We knew the schedule for Christmas Day, which included the Knicks for some reason, and had the best game of the day first. No one knows where Kevin Durant or Donovan Mitchell will play this season, but that didn’t stop the people who make the schedule from deciding which teams should play on national TV and which shouldn’t.
Here is the full OKBet NBA schedule for 2022-2023. The SB Nation NBA team sites will have everything you need to know about your favorite team’s schedule. There will be a lot of websites that will tell you which games to watch this season. We thought we’d do the opposite: what are the worst, most annoying, or least essential games that even the most dedicated League Pass user won’t want to watch this year?
These are the worst games on the NBA schedule for 2022-2023.
Magic vs. Hawks, October 21
The worst news about the NBA in August is the pick-up run beef. Getting this excited about a matchup between the No. 15 and No. 8 seeds in the Eastern Conference from last season is even worse. I can’t wait to see the young talent on the Magic and how Dejounte Murray and Trae Young work together in the backcourt for Atlanta, but there’s no reason for this game to get a lot of attention.
Thunder vs. Jazz, April 6
This season, Utah and Oklahoma City want to be bad enough to increase their chances of getting the No. 1 overall pick and super prospect Victor Wembanyama from France. That should make this last meeting of the regular season a terrible one. Since at least two years ago, the Thunder have been shamelessly tanking at the end of the regular season by giving healthy players time off. The Jazz decided which way they wanted to go when they traded Rudy Gobert for draft picks.
Pacers vs. Wizards, February 11
In the short term, the Wizards and the Pacers feel like they’re not getting anywhere. The Wizards gave Bradley Beal a massive contract extension and, for some reason, added a rare no-trade clause to make things even more complicated. The Pacers are quickly putting together a good group of young players. Tyrese Haliburton, Benn Mathurin, Chris Duarte, and Isaiah Jackson are a good start, but it’s too bad that an offer sheet wasn’t enough to get Deandre Ayton to leave the Suns. These two teams aren’t bad enough to be in the running for the first pick in the draft, but they probably aren’t good enough to get into the play-in tournament, either.
Rockets vs. Spurs, March 5
The Spurs and Rockets were two great teams in the Western Conference in 2017. Since then, a lot has happened, but the most important thing is that each of their stars, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden, forced a trade to another team. With Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and more, the Rockets’ rebuild is already off to a good start, while the Spurs are just starting theirs after trading Dejounte Murray. This late-season contest will likely be another tank fest; we don’t want that.
Lakers vs. Clippers, every game
Since July 30, 2020, inside the bubble, the Lakers haven’t beaten the Clippers. If you’re holding track at home, the Clippers have won the last seven games they’ve played against the Lakers. Many of those wins have been blowouts when the Clippers have a roster close to being healthy. What’s worse than a rivalry with only one side? A feud with only one side that is always on national TV. At least the shows during halftime should be fun.
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