NBA to release 2019-20 schedule; Lakers face Clippers to open season

LeBron James and the Lakers are slated to face the Clippers on both opening night and Christmas Day.

The NBA will release its 2019-20 schedule Monday at 3 p.m. EST.

According to Shams Charania of Stadium, the defending champion Toronto Raptors will tip off the entire season at home Oct. 22 against No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Raptors will receive their championship rings that night.

Opening night will also feature LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers taking on Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers, per Charania.

Other notable games include Davis’ first visit to New Orleans on Nov. 27, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets at the Boston Celtics on that same night, Leonard’s lone return of the season to Toronto on Dec. 11, and Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook‘s first return to Oklahoma City on Jan. 9.

The five-game Christmas Day slate is reportedly as follows:

Kemba Walker and the Celtics at Toronto; Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Philadelphia 76ers; Williamson and the Pelicans at the Denver Nuggets; Westbrook, James Harden and the Rockets at the Golden State Warriors; and the Clippers vs. the Lakers.

Also, Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to visit the New York Knicks on Nov. 14, with Mike Conley and the Utah Jazz visiting the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 15.

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