National Basketball Association releases schedule -- Kawhi in Toronto Dec. 11

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The NBA schedule finally released this afternoon, and the LA Clippers didn't catch any breaks - at least not for the first half of the season.

The 2019-20 season opens on October 22 with a doubleheader featuring the Pelicans visiting the Raptors on ring night, and the Lakers visiting the Clippers in the first installment of the new battle for Los Angeles.

The Lakers will also be on national television a league-high 31 times. The league's 74th regular season will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 (Wednesday, Oct. 23, PHL time), and conclude on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (Thursday, April 16, PHL time). Both games will air on TNT, and both will be played at 7:30 PM PT.

March 5 will mark the first meeting of the season between the Raptors and hometown Golden State Warriors, who lost to Toronto in last season's Finals. For a third straight season, there will be no four-in-five-night games for any team and no eight-games-in-12-nights for a second consecutive season.

The longest homestand of the season is four games from February 21-28. The number of doubleheaders at 8 p.m./10:30 p.m. ET on the two networks has been reduced by a combined 42 percent from last season (57 in 2018-19 compared with 33 in 2019-20).

Pascal Siakam, left, and the Raptors pulled out a six-game victory over the Warriors in the recent NBA Finals.

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Kemba Walker will return to Charlotte as a Celtic on November 7, and we'll have our first look at Terry Rozier as a Hornet. ABC or ESPN will televise all five matchups during the 72nd edition of the National Basketball Association on Christmas Day.

Richard Jefferson believes LeBron James is set to have a stellar season.

- New Orleans at Denver (10:30 p.m., ESPN): The Nuggets' last Christmas home game was 25 years ago.

A Martin Luther King Day afternoon game in Atlanta against Vince Carter and the Hawks on January 20. Day on Monday, Jan. 20 during Week 14.

The first Christmas Day home game in franchise history, a noon start against the Boston Celtics.

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