The NBA returns on Tuesday night with a matchup between two Eastern conference giants, as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics.
Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on TNT. Those with a cable subscription can watch the game online via TNTDrama.com or the WatchTNT app, but if you’ve cut the cable cord, you can still watch a legal live stream for free via one of the following services:
DirecTV Now: All four channel packages include TNT
Sling TV: Both the “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue” channel packages include TNT
PlayStation Vue: All four channel packages include TNT
Each of the above services include a free trial, so you can watch tonight’s game at no cost.
Projected Celtics Starting Lineup
Projected Cavaliers Starting Lineup
|SF||LeBron James (GTD)|
When the NBA was putting together the schedule for opening night, pitting together the two Eastern conference finalists from a year ago was obviously alluring. But they couldn’t have dreamed of what would happen during the offseason.
Kyrie Irving requested a trade, was traded to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a pair of draft picks, and suddenly the NBA opener became even more compelling, as Irving will return to Cleveland to take on his old team and old teammates.
Of course, there will be plenty of other storylines to watch, too. Gordon Hayward’s debut with the Celtics after signing a $127 million deal in the offseason. Dwyane Wade and LeBron–health permitting–back together again. The NBA debut of Jayson Tatum, who has looked buttery smooth offensively during Summer League and preseason. Oh yeah, and there’s also the fact that these are widely regarded as the two favorites in the East once again.
It would be difficult to conjure up a better scenario to start the season.