NBA Releases 2019-20 Schedule

Monday, August 12, 2019 7:54 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 7:54 PM UTC

The full NBA schedule for the 2019-20 season was just released on ESPN's The Jump. We already knew some of the Opening Night and Christmas Day games but now we have the dates and times for every single game.

<div><p>The 2019-20 NBA season opens on October 22 with a doubleheader featuring the Pelicans visiting the Raptors and the Lakers taking on the Clippers in the first installment of the Battle for Los Angeles.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The 2019-20 NBA season begins with a BANG on TNT! 📺&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@PelicansNBA&lt;/a&gt; vs. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Raptors&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Lakers&lt;/a&gt; vs. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@LAClippers&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;August 12, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p><strong>Superstar Returns</strong></p><p>Kemba Walker at Charlotte: November 7</p><p>Mike Conley at Memphis: November 15</p><p>Anthony Davis at New Orleans: November 27</p><p>Kyrie Irving at Boston: November 27</p><p>Kawhi Leonard at Toronto: December 11</p><p>Paul George at Oklahoma City: December 22</p><p>Russell Westbrook at Oklahoma City: January 9</p><p><strong>NBA Rookie Debuts</strong></p><p>Zion Williamson: October 22 vs. Raptors</p><p>Ja Morant: October 23 vs. Heat</p><p>RJ Barrett: October 23 vs. Spurs</p><p><strong>National TV Appearances (ABC, ESPN </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> TNT)</strong></p><p>Lakers: 31</p><p>Warriors: 30</p><p>Clippers: 26</p><p>Rockets: 26</p><p>Celtics: 25</p><p>Bucks: 24</p><p>76ers: 24</p><p>Pelicans: 20</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;A battle of Los Angeles superteams will headline the NBA's Christmas Day slate: &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;August 2, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>This year's Christmas Day schedule may be the most hotly anticipated slate in a long time.</p><p>The Clippers and Lakers, who are favored to win the Western Conference at most <a href="" target="_blank">sportsbooks</a>, clash on prime time once again.</p><p>The Lakers paired Anthony Davis with LeBron James and added shooters and defenders around them while the Clippers signed two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and traded for six-time All-Star Paul George.</p><p>This will be LeBron James' 14th Christmas Day appearance, breaking a tie with Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade, Earl Monroe and Dolph Schayes for the second-most all-time. Only Kobe Bryant (16) has played more games on December 25.</p><p>No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson faces a Nuggets team that finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference last season and Williamson facing Nikola Jokic will be intriguing,</p><p>Over the last 40 years, only four rookies have scored 30 points in their Christmas Day debut: Bill Cartwright (1979), Patrick Ewing (1985), LeBron James (2003) and Kyle Kuzma (2017). Can Zion Williamson join them?</p><p>The Rockets look for payback against the Warriors after losing to them in the playoffs for two straight years, although both teams will look very different next season. The Rockets replaced Chris Paul with Russell Westbrook while the Warriors now have D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein but they lost Kevin Durant to the Nets and traded Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies. Also, Klay Thompson will miss this game due to a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.</p><p>The Bucks and 76ers are expected to reach the Eastern Conference Finals and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo always shines against Joel Embiid.</p><p>While the Celtics and Raptors lost some star power, they can still make a deep playoff run and offer a thrilling game on Christmas Day.</p><p>According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, 34 of the 67 doubleheaders aired on ESPN and TNT will begin either an hour or half-hour earlier than their previous 8:00 PM ET start times.</p><p>Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium shared some <a href="" target="_blank">NBA</a> schedule facts:</p><p><em>"Sources: The NBA has reduced number of LA Lakers games with 10:30 pm ET start time from 19 to 10. The Warriors were reduced from 18 to 11."</em></p><p><em>"Other NBA schedule facts: Back-to-backs are at a historic low — for </em><em>fifth</em><em> straight season (teams will average 12.4 this season, down from 13.3 last season.) Five games in seven nights also have been </em><em>reduced</em><em> 9.5 percent."</em></p><p><u><strong>NBA Opening Night Odds<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>)</strong></u></p><p>New Orleans Pelicans +4.5 (-110), +165 vs. Toronto Raptors -4.5 (-110), -190</p><p>Los Angeles Lakers +1.5 (-110), +105 vs. Los Angeles Clippers -1.5 (-110), -125</p></div>
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