Tuesday, 20 August, 2019


Los Angeles Lakers start season at Clippers: Full 2019-20 schedule

Lakers to open NBA season with Clippers and Jazz Boston Celtics schedule 2019-20: Celtics open home slate against Toronto Raptors, plus five things to note
Noah Ferguson | 13 August, 2019, 11:47

That matchup will also be notable as three-time All-Star and 2019 All-NBA guard Kemba Walker makes his TD Garden debut as a member of the Celtics. LA's longest road trip of the season will also take place in December, when they play the Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls from December 6-14.

The league's marquee Christmas Day games will feature five games, with the Celtics visiting the Raptors at noon (all times ET), the Bucks at the 76ers at 2:30 p.m., the Rockets at the Warriors at 5 p.m., the Clippers at the Lakers at 8 p.m., and the Pelicans at the Nuggets at 10:30 p.m. The next night, the Cs will have their first of 12 back-to-backs, at NY for the Knicks' home opener. It will also be the first time in franchise history that the Celtics will play outside of the US on Christmas Day. Two nights later, on October 24, they'll play on the road against the Golden State Warriors in their new San Francisco arena. Seven of those back-to-backs will be consecutive road games.

The stretches of four games in five days might be gone for good.

ESPN's Wednesday doubleheaders - mostly at 8 and 10:30 p.m. last season - will begin at either 7 or 7:30 p.m., followed by a second game at either 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.in the East. TNT had nine Tuesday doubleheaders last season with the second game starting at 10:30; this season that number is down to two, with the second game now mostly starting at 9:30 or 10 p.m.

As well, this will be the third straight season in which no team will have to play four games in five nights, and times when teams have to play five games in seven nights are down by nearly 10 per cent from a year ago - an average of less than one instance of that happening per team. One that many players don't necessarily make in their second or third seasons.

The regular season concludes on April 15 with 26 of the 30 teams in action that night. Rockets guard Russell Westbrook will make his return to Oklahoma City on January 9, though the Rockets face the Thunder in Houston on October 28, their third game of the season. New Celtics guard Kemba Walker returns to Charlotte on November 7 and Jazz guard Mike Conley is back in Memphis on November 15.

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