Raptors open 2019-20 season vs. Pelicans, Kawhi returns December 11

Boston Celtics schedule 2019-20: Celtics open home slate against Toronto Raptors, plus five things to note

If Boston Celtics rookie forward Grant Williams hasn't already carved a shamrock-shaped space in your heart with how he's embraced his new team, the Tennessee product ought to after how he described what he thinks of this season's Boston Celtics roster.

The veteran sharpshooter, fresh off winning a championship with the Raptors, is a career 37.3 per cent shooter from beyond the arc.

Zion Williamson and the new-look New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Scotiabank Arena on October 22 to play the Raptors in the first game of the regular season.

As well, this will be the third straight season in which no team will have to play four games in five nights, and times when teams have to play five games in seven nights are down by nearly 10 per cent from past year - an average of less than one instance of that happening per team.

Boston's home opener will be October 25 versus Toronto.

Toronto basketball fans will get another chance to thank 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard when the former Raptors' star forward pays a visit to Scotiabank Arena with his new Los Angeles Clippers teammates on December 11. The next night, the Cs will have their first of 12 back-to-backs, at NY for the Knicks' home opener. December 5 - Former MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook play lone Toronto game with Houston on Giants of Africa night.

James, 34, posted good numbers previous year - his first with the Lakers - but, he struggled with a groin injury that limited him to 55 games and his team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004-05. The Warriors will play only 11 games that begin at 10:30 p.m.

- LA Clippers at Phoenix (10 p.m.): Leonard and the Suns' Devin Booker both averaged 26.6 points per game last season.

The schedule also features a record 48 prime-time games for Europe (afternoon start times in North America, prime-time for European time zones), and the first-ever slate of Saturday prime-time games for Europe. LeBron James has the second-best PER of all-time at 27.6. January 20 - Martin Luther King Day game in Atlanta.

Toronto has six games on ESPN and five on TNT. The NBA announced the league schedule on Monday.



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