Ben Simmons NBA debut start time: Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers tip-off, date, venue, teams, key information

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    Ben Simmons is set to make his NBA debut for the Philadelphia 76ers in their opening game of the 2017-18 season against the Washington Wizards. Tip-off is scheduled for 10am (AEDT) on Thursday, October 19.

    The 76ers, who have been in a rebuilding phase for a number of seasons, finally look ready to work their way off the bottom of the NBA ladder in 2017-18, and the Australian will have a fair bit to do with that.

    He was taken with the No.1 pick in last year’s draft, but unfortunately never made it onto the court after he suffered a severe leg injury before the season began.

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    The Australian has been strong for the 76ers during the pre-season and if it’s to be used as a form guide, it’s expected Simmons, even in his debut season will be in the starting group and play big minutes.

    Key game information: Ben Simmons NBA debut (Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers)

    Tip-off: 10am (AEDT)
    Venue: Capitol One Arena, Washington
    TV: Live, ESPN
    Online: Live, Foxtel app, Foxtel now or NBA League Pass
    Betting: Wizards $1.34, 76ers $3.39

    Washington Wizards (squad)
    Bradley Beal, Carric Felix, Tim Frazier, Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi, Sheldon Mac, Chris McCullough, Jodie Meeks, Markieff Morris, Kelly Oubre Jr, Otto Porter, Devin Robinson, Tomas Satoransky, Mike Scott, Jason Smith, John Wall, Mike Young.

    Philadelphia 76ers (squad)
    Justin Anderson, Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz, Richaun Holmes, Amir Johnson, Furkan Korkmaz, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, James McAdoo, T.J. McConnell, Jahlil Okafor, Jacob Pullen, J.J. Redick, Dario Saric, Ben Simmons, Nik Stauskas.

    Broadcast Information

    The NBA is broadcast on TV in Australia exclusively on ESPN. They have rights to show almost 200 games (out of 1230) per season, along with playoffs and finals.

    They will broadcast Ben Simmons debut game on Channel 508 from 10am (AEDT).

    If you want to watch the action online, then you will have two options. You can use Foxtel Now, which is Foxtel’s streaming application, or the Foxtel app, which is included in any valid TV subscription.

    The other option is to use the NBA League Pass. This allows you to watch every game of the NBA season.

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