The Houston Rockets will have two marquee matchups for their opening night and Christmas Day for the upcoming season.
Houston will face the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 to open the season. The Rockets will also face the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
The defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will receive their championship rings before playing Houston in nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul’s first game with the Rockets.
In addition to Rockets-Thunder, the NBA will feature four other games on Christmas Day, starting with the Philadelphia 76ers-New York Knicks at 11 a.m., a Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at 2 p.m., the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards at 4:30 p.m. and end with the Minnesota Timberwolves-Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m.
This year marks the earliest start of an NBA season since 1980-81 began on Oct. 10, 1980.
The NBA will announce the complete 2017-18 regular-season schedule next week.