Tipping off on October 22, 2019, a Tuesday, the NBA released on August 12 a complete game schedule for the NBA 2019-20 season. It is still two months away. But it won’t hurt if you start circling certain dates on your calendar, so you can have something to look forward to.
From one look at the game schedule alone, you’d know which games your favourite NBA team would likely win or lose against a stronger rival. Any benevolent fan can easily discern rest days, air travel, recovery and, the most important of all, national TV opportunities allowed for or required from the NBA team he or she roots for.
Then again, no fan would miss their best-loved teams.
Here Are the Most Anticipated Games for This Season
1) Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers on October 22, 10:30 pm ET
Anthony Davis was one of the biggest trades that happened this season, so fans are looking forward to seeing him play along with LeBron James. The most significant free agency move, though, was Kawhi Leonard. The two NBA Finals hopefuls will definitely set this season ablaze, making it the most exciting unveiling to date.
2) New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors on October 22, 8 pm ET
Before James and Leonard’s face-off, the feature attraction of the opening night aside from awarding the championship rings to the last season’s champion, Toronto Raptors, is Zion Williamson’s debut. He would be the first overall #1 draft pick who is playing on the opening night since 2008. At the Las Vegas summer league, Williamson played for only 9 minutes.
3) Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks on November 14, 8 pm ET
Kristaps Porzingis used to play for the Knicks and is now with the Mavericks. In the 2016-17 season, he was very vocal about the organizational dysfunction within the Knicks team, raising the ire of then-President Phil Jackson. Jackson was later fired. There had been an awkward silence until Porzingis purportedly asked for a trade. In July 2019, he signed a five-year contract extension worth $158 million with the Mavericks. He and Luka Doncic could make up the dynamic duo of this season. This game will solidify the claim “once a Knick, always a Knick” is true or not.
4) Los Angeles Clippers vs Toronto Raptors on December 11, 7 pm ET
This is one game where the fans are caught in the cross-fire thanks to Leonard who played with Raptors for a season and gave it its first NBA championship. Fans could go hostile against Leonard—their hero turned villain, but who knows. Emotions would be high in this game for sure. There is no expecting another Malice in the Palace, but we all want to know how this game would turn out.
5) New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies on January 20, 5 pm ET
This would be the first game that Williamson would go head-to-head against Ja Morant, the #2 draft pick. According to NBA surveys, the two are early favourites; Williamson voted as the Most Athletic while Morant was the Best Playmaker. This could be one of the league’s newest rivalries to watch out for.