Toronto will open its 25th season with a banner raising and ring ceremony on October 22, when New Orleans and 2019 first overall draft pick Zion Williamson come to town. The Celtics play their first home game on October 25 against the Toronto Raptors. Here are five things to note. Toronto's only other appearance in the NBA's prestigious Christmas lineup was against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in 2001.
LA will finish the month of March with a four-game Eastern Conference road trip, followed by a home game against the Indiana Pacers.
Anthony Davis, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart featuring in Los Angeles Lakers vs. The longest road swing is five games, which occurs twice: November 8-16 and March 1-9. If you were wondering whether the team has a ton of interest: Boston Sports Journal's Brian Robb noted that 25 is just two fewer than last year's Kyrie-Irving-led squad.
The 2019-20 National Basketball Association schedule was unveiled on Monday, and with summer player movement scattering stars across the league to new teams, return games will feature prominently throughout the season. Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook will play the Thunder in Oklahoma City on January 9.
The team will open its 25th anniversary season - and first as the NBA's defending champion - at 8 p.m. on the first night of the regular season. It will also be the first time in franchise history that the Celtics will play outside of the USA on Christmas Day.
March 5 will mark the first meeting of the season between the Raptors and hometown Golden State Warriors, who lost to Toronto in last season's Finals. January 20 - Martin Luther King Day game in Atlanta.
Pascal Siakam, left, and the Raptors pulled out a six-game victory over the Warriors in the recent NBA Finals.
- Los Angeles Lakers at Boston (7:30 p.m., TNT): In last season's meeting in Boston, Rajon Rondo's buzzer-beating jump shot gave the Lakers a 129-128 victory over the Celtics.
The stretches of four games in five days might be gone for good.