The Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans are both ready to get their seasons underway. After what has been a long offseason full of rumors for both teams, simply getting back on the court and playing basketball is a needed change. For these two teams, getting off to a quick start to the season will be crucial.
How to Watch: Philadelphia 76ers at New Orleans Pelicans
Game Date: Oct. 20, 2021
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
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For the 76ers, getting off to a quick start of the season is a must due to the drama surrounding their team. Ben Simmons has caused a massive headache in Philadelphia this offseason and was even kicked out of practice just yesterday. Joel Embiid and company have to right the ship immediately and can't afford to let Simmons become a distraction.
On the other side of the court, the Pelicans are waiting and hoping for the best when it comes to Zion Williamson. He is still out due to injury and there are concerns about his weight and potential future with New Orleans. A quick start to the season could help keep him around long-term.
Every single team in the NBA needs to get off to a quick start. However, there are some who have circumstances going on that need it even more. These two teams both fit that category.
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