While NBA matchups are usually locked in before the season starts, one thing that can still fluctuate throughout the year is the TV schedule. Similar to how the NFL moves games around to guarantee better primetime matchups, the NBA can also televise games on different stations to help spotlight more interesting games.
One such change was announced on Tuesday, and it benefits Philadelphia 76ers fans.
On Friday, Dec. 1, ESPN was initially planning to broadcast a game between the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies. That game will now air on local TV instead and has been replaced by that evening's collision between the 76ers and Boston Celtics.
This switch is a slam dunk for the NBA. While the Mavericks have gotten off to a promising start, the Grizzlies are one of the worst teams in the league. Neither side has much of a national following, either, although Luka Doncic is always worth tuning in for.
Boston-Philly is simply a superior matchup. The Celtics and 76ers enter Tuesday's action with the two best records in the Eastern Conference. They're also fierce rivals and are supported by two of the most rabid fanbases in America.
We're not sure what ESPN was thinking with their original schedule, but we're glad they came to their senses and rectified the oversight. Boston and Philly have already split their first two meetings this year, it will be interesting to see who takes the series lead when the two reconvene in Beantown.
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