NBA Schedule 2019-20: Celtics vs. 76ers TV Channel, Live Stream and Latest Odds

One of the NBA's most storied rivalries delivers its first instalment of the season on Wednesday night, when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Boston Celtics.

There is no love lost between the two Atlantic Division rivals and a new element of intrigue has been added to the rivalry, after Al Horford swapped Boston for Philadelphia in the offseason.

The 33-year-old was a thorn in the Sixers' side during three seasons in Boston, but brought his stay in Massachusetts to an end in July to sign a four-year, $97 million deal with Philadelphia.

Few would have been as pleased by the news as Sixers' big man Joel Embiid, who found Horford particularly frustrating to handle during matchups against the Celtics.

Embiid and Horford will now patrol the Sixers' paint, giving Philadelphia a physical edge that has few peers in the Eastern Conference.

Horford wasn't the only major signing of the offseason for the Sixers, who acquired Josh Richardson from the Miami Heat, with Jimmy Butler going the other way.

Philadelphia signed Ben Simmons to a five-year maximum contract extension and re-signed Tobias Harris to a $180 million contract.

Kyle O'Quinn, Trey Burke and Raul Neto have come in to add some much-needed depth off the bench, while James Ennis and Mike Scott have been retained.

The Celtics have also had a busy offseason, but while Philadelphia is the bookmakers' fourth-favorite for the title, the Celtics are a 27/1 outsider.

Boston lost Kyrie Irving in the summer, with the 2016 NBA Finals MVP rushing to sign with Brooklyn shortly after insisting he would do no such thing.
Kemba Walker has arrived to replace Irving, while Enes Kanter is a good addition on the offensive side of the court.

The departure of Horford and the decision to trade Aron Baynes, however, leave Boston short of options when it comes to big men.

Interest surrounds Grant Williams and Romeo Langford, the Celtics' two first-round picks—the third, Matisse Thybulle, was traded to the Sixers—but neither is expected to radically change the team's fortunes this year.

Last season, the Sixers finished 51-31, finishing third in the Eastern Conference, just two games ahead of the Celtics. This year, however, the gap between the two teams is expected to grow wider.

FiveThirtyEight projections suggest the Sixers will go 53-29, with the Celtics ending with a 46-36 record instead. ESPN, meanwhile has Philadelphia going 55-27 and Boston 48-34.

Here's everything you need to know about Wednesday night.

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid #21 and Josh Richardson #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers react against the Detroit Pistons during the preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center on October 15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Pistons 106-86. Mitchell Leff/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV channel

The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ESPN's digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app as well as via NBA Game Pass.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, the Sixers are five-point favorite and are 19/20 to cover the spread, while the Celtics are a 41/25 underdog.