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October 18, 2018
Chicago at Philadelphia 8:00 PM ET
The Philadelphia 76ers attempt to bounce back from a poor season debut when they host the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. Philadelphia suffered a 105-87 loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday and hopes for a better showing against a Chicago team that missed the playoffs last season.
Miami at Washington 8:00 PM ET
Five-time All-Star point guard John Wall is glad the new season has arrived as he leads the Washington Wizards into battle against the visiting Miami Heat on Thursday. Wall played in only 41 games while twice being sidelined with knee injuries in 2017-18, which was a highly frustrating campaign for both himself and the Wizards.
L.A. Lakers at Portland 10:30 PM ET
LeBron James makes his highly anticipated team debut when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday in the season opener for both teams. James signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract as a free agent last July and will look to help boost the fortunes of the once-proud franchise.