National Basketball Association released the 2019 regular season schedule on Monday which gives Los Angeles Lakers fans reasons for happiness. TNT will officially tip off the 2019-20 National Basketball Association regular season with two Opening Week doubleheaders including an Opening Night doubleheader will begin with the Pelicans making their first of seven TNT appearances against the Raptors on October 22, at 8p, followed by the Lakers/Clippers at 10:30p.
For a fifth consecutive season, back-to-backs are at a historic low, with teams averaging 12.4 this season, down from 13.3 last season.
Still, until Davis officially inks a new contract with the Lakers, there will be uneasiness in Los Angeles as teams like the Knicks and others circle with the hope of prying him away. The Clips will be the home team for that game. Nov 2 - At Giannis Antetokounmpo's East favourite Milwaukee Bucks. Nov. 10/11 - At Los Angeles to face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers, then Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers the next night.
There's been a lot of talk recently about potentially shortening the National Basketball Association schedule given the injuries we saw during the Finals and the continued implementation of "load management" as a regular-season rest strategy. Portland has won an NBA-record 18 straight home regular-season openers.
The NBA season will begin on October 22, one week later than past year.
- Boston at NY (7:30 p.m.): RJ Barrett, the No. 3 overall pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, makes his home debut with the Knicks.
This past season, the 24-year-old averaged 3.7 points and 0.8 assists in six games for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Toronto is scheduled to make 11 USA national television appearances - six on ESPN and five on TNT. March 5 - Finals rematch, but in a different arena, with Golden State's move to San Francisco.
- New Orleans at Memphis (5 p.m., TNT): The Grizzlies' 17th Martin Luther King Jr.
This matchup against the Warriors is late in the season and it could go a long way to judging how the Lakers go as spring turns to the playoffs.