2019-20 NBA Schedule Release: What to Expect This Season

The full 2019-20 NBA schedule is not officially public, though the league’s opening few games and holiday slate have managed to leak, conjuring up plenty of excitement in the process. Ahead of the season’s start, here are the key things expect across the league.

The 2019-20 NBA schedule will begin one week later than usual, with opening night set for Tuesday, October 22. Per usual, the league’s defending champions will kick off the season, meaning Toronto Raptors fans should mark their calendars to see them launch their campaign at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. The match-up not only marks the debut of No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson in the Pelicans jersey but the Raptors first game without NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard on the roster.

Leonard, who signed with the LA Clippers fresh off his championship run, will also play October 22 in a must-see rivalry game against LeBron James and the Lakers. The clash also pits big names like the Clippers’ Paul George against the likes of Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis on the Lakers roster. The cross-town rivals will play each other three more times throughout the season, including a Christmas Day match-up that is one of many star-studded clashes scheduled.

The NBA’s Christmas Day lineup is a gift for fans. It features blockbusters like: Williamson and the Pelicans taking on the Nuggets in Denver; the Celtics battling the Raptors in Toronto; a match-up between the Bucks and 76ers in Philly; and finally, the Rockets visiting the Warriors.

Given its late start, the season will conclude a week later than previous years. April 8 will serve as the final day of the regular season with the 2020 NBA playoffs set to begin three days later. The league’s annual All Star Weekend will occur February 14-16 at Chicago’s United Center.

See the partial 2019-20 NBA schedule below, which includes the season’s opening games in October, as well as holiday match-ups on Christmas Day.

Opening Week

Tuesday, October 22
Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Christmas Day

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors

Upon the full 2019-20 NBA schedule release, browse tickets to all games for every team in the league by clicking on any of the links below.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers
New York Knicks
Brooklyn Nets

Central Division
Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks
Detroit Pistons
Chicago Bulls

Southeast Division
Miami Heat
Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets
Orlando Magic
Atlanta Hawks

Western Conference

Northwest Division
Portland Trail Blazers
Oklahoma City Thunder
Utah Jazz
Minnesota Timberwolves
Denver Nuggets

Pacific Division
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Sacramento Kings
Phoenix Suns

Southwest Division
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs
Dallas Mavericks
Memphis Grizzlies

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