The 76ers-Celtics rivalry, given new life after this spring's playoff meeting, is getting top billing by NBA schedulers.

The Sixers travel to Boston on Oct. 16 to tip off the opening night of the 2018-19 NBA season. Joel Embiid and company will take on the Celtics at 8 p.m. on TNT.

With LeBron James now in the Western Conference, the Sixers and Celtics are heavy favorites to take control of the East. The Celtics will be looking to roll out a healthier roster, with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward — two key players who were  injured long before the spirited five-game playoff series against the Sixers — now healthy

Sixers-Celtics will be followed by the Golden State Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of TNT's opening-night doubleheader. The game will be prefaced by the Warriors' championship ring ceremony.

Two days later, the Sixers will host the Chicago Bulls as part of another TNT doubleheader that will feature James' debut with the Lakers, at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The NBA released a portion of the opening week schedule on Wednesday along with the Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedules, all of which feature the Sixers.

On Christmas Day, the Sixers and Celtics will face off in Boston at 5:30 p.m on ABC. The Dec. 25 schedule consists of four other games: Knicks vs. Bucks, Thunder vs. Rockets, Lakers vs. Warriors and Trail Blazers vs. Jazz.

Last season, the Sixers won their Christmas game, beating the Knicks, 105-98, at Madison Square Garden.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Jan. 21 —  the Sixers will host Chris Paul, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony and the Houston Rockets at 8 p.m. on TNT. Other games that day include Pelicans-Grizzlies and Warriors-Lakers.

The NBA is set to release the rest of the 2018-19 schedule on Friday.

Westgate SuperBook, the largest sportsbook in Las Vegas, opened the Sixers as 4.5-point underdogs for both games against the Celts.

Below is a full listing of the scheduled games that were released Wednesday.

2018-19 Opening week

Date Away Home Time (ET) Network
Oct. 16 76ers Celtics 8 p.m. TNT
Oct. 16 Thunder Warriors 10:30 p.m TNT
Oct. 17 Pelicans Rockets 8 p.m ESPN
Oct. 17 Mavericks Suns 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 18 Bulls 76ers 8 p.m. TNT
Oct. 18 Lakers Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. TNT
Oct. 19 Celtics Raptors 8 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 19 Warriors Jazz 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 20 Raptors Wizards 7 p.m. NBA TV
Oct. 20 Rockets Lakers 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 21 Rockets Clippers 9 p.m. NBA TV

Christmas Day: Dec. 25, 2018

Away Home Time (ET) Network
Bucks Knicks 12 p.m. ESPN
Thunder Rockets 3 p.m ABC
76ers Celtics 5:30 p.m ABC
Lakers Warriors 8 p.m. ESPN/ABC
Trail Blazers Jazz 10:30 p.m. ESPN

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan 21, 2019

Away Home Time (ET) Network
Pelicans Grizzlies 5:30 p.m. TNT
Rockets 76ers 8 p.m TNT
Warriors Lakers 10:30 p.m TNT