Lakers to open National Basketball Association season with Clippers and Jazz

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

It won't take long for Celtics fans to start missing Al Horford - he'll be lining up across from our guys literally from the jump of the NBA's 2019-20 season.

The league is also reducing the number of 8 p.m./10:30 p.m. ET doubleheaders on both TNT and ESPN for 2019-20, lowering the amount to just 33 compared to 57 last season. The release date for the reveal was announced last week, including a number of addition details like the date of the National Basketball Association season opener and the Christmas Day slate.

11 with his Los Angeles Clippers in what will be sure to be an emotional night (though not for the ever-stoic Leonard), while Green doesn't come back to town with LeBron James and the Lakers until March 24, about a week after the runner-up Golden State Warriors make their lone Toronto appearance.

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 other Christmas matchups (all times Eastern): Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m.; Houston at Golden State, 5 p.m.; Clippers at Lakers, 8 p.m.; New Orleans at Denver, 10:30 p.m. This will be the third consecutive season where no team gets tasked with handling one of those.

The 2018-19 schedule was on the cutting edge of load management, drastically and intentionally minimizing the number of back-to-backs and labor-heavy stretches of the regular season but at the end of the day, the league as a whole still averaged 13.3 back-to-backs per team. December 5 - Former MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook play lone Toronto game with Houston on Giants of Africa night.

The Celtics' season tips off on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 23. December 14 - Kyrie Irving makes first appearance as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. The playoffs start April 18.

Kemba Walker will return to Charlotte as a Celtic on November 7, and we'll have our first look at Terry Rozier as a Hornet.

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