The NBA has released its complete game schedule for the 2019-20 regular season. The league’s 74th regular season will tip-off on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, and conclude on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
On opening night, LeBron James and Anthony Davis will face Kawhi Leonard and – if fit – Paul George as the Los Angeles Lakers face the LA Clippers. No 1 draft pick Zion Williamson will also be in action as the New Orleans Pelicans visit defending NBA champions the Toronto Raptors.
LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard tussle for a rebound
Leonard, who led the Raptors to their maiden NBA title in June, will return to Toronto with the Clippers on December 11.
The Golden State Warriors, who lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, face a stern test of their revamped roster on October 24 when they host the Clippers.
The following day, 2018-19 Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will face off against Williamson and the Pelicans in New Orleans.
Giannis Antetokounmpo soars for a huge dunk against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals
Defending regular-season MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, bested by Leonard in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, will get another crack at Kawhi on November 6 when the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Clippers.
Instances of teams playing games on back-to-back days will be an all-time low for the fifth straight season. Teams will play an average of four back-to-backs in the 2019-20 season, down 36 percent since the 2014-15 season (19.3 per team) and a seven percent reduction from last season (13.3 per team).
For the third season in a row, no team is scheduled to play a stretch with four games in five days.
A record 48 games will air in primetime in Europe with 24 games each on Saturday and Sunday. European fans will have a full slate of primetime games on both Saturday and Sunday for the first time.
Joel Embiid launches a three-pointer over Giannis Antetokounmpo
The NBA will feature five games on Christmas Day for the 12th year in a row.
- Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors (5 pm UK time)
- Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers (7:30 pm UK time)
- Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors (10 pm UK time)
- LA Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers (1:30 am UK time)
- New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets (3:30 UK time)
Zion Williamson flexes after scoring in his Summer League debut
An extensive slate of games will be spread across Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, January 20, 2020. These include:
- Toronto Raptors @ Atlanta Hawks (7:30 pm UK time)
- New Orleans Pelicans @ Memphis Grizzlies (10 pm UK time)
- Los Angeles Lakers @ Boston Celtics (12:30 am UK time)
- Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers (3 am UK time)
Team LeBron’s Kevin Durant hammers home a dunk en route to a team-high 31 points at the 2019 All-Star Game
The All-Star break will begin on February 14 with the 2020 All-Star game on February 16 in Chicago. The league will be on a break with no games from February 14-19. Every team will have at least seven days off.
The schedule also features a record 48 primetime games for Europe (afternoon start times in North America, primetime for European time zones), and the first-ever slate of Saturday primetime games for Europe.
The regular season concludes on April 15 with 26 of the 30 teams in action that night.