Diehard Sixers fans excited to see the next step in "The Process" will want to catch all 82, but if you can only take in six Sixers games during the 2018-19 NBA season, make it these six.

1. October 16 at Boston Celtics: The first game of the season will be a must-see, as it will see the Sixers face off against the Boston Celtics in a rematch of the ’18 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Many expect these two teams to compete for the Eastern Conference crown, and this game will serve as an [extremely] early measuring stick.

2. October 18 vs. Chicago Bulls: Philadelphia re-established itself as one of the best homecourt advantages in the entire NBA last season, and this game represents the city’s first opportunity to show out for the ’18-19 season. The Philadelphia crowd will likely use this game as an opportunity to set the tone for the rest of regular season and potentially a deep playoff run.

3. October 30 at Toronto Raptors: In addition to the Sixers and Celtics, the Raptors are also expected to be at the top-tier of the Eastern Conference thanks largely to the offseason acquisition of Kawhi Leonard. This game will be the Sixers first look at the new-look Raptors, who they will eventually have to advance past if they want to get out of the Eastern Conference.

4. November 16 vs. Utah Jazz: This game between two up-and-coming contenders in their respective conferences promises some competitive basketball, and the battle between reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and ROY runner-up Donovan Mitchell adds an additional level of intrigue to the match-up.

5. January 19 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: This game – on a Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center - between two contenders will be fun. The competition level will be high, and the budding beef between Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook means that this game could develove into gif-able chaos at any time.

6. January 29 at Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James considered signing with the Sixers before ultimately opting for the Lakers, and this game represents the Sixers first live look at LeBron in the purple-and-gold. It will be interesting to see how the two teams stack up against each other, as both are expected to be contenders for the foreseeable future.

 

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