On Monday afternoon, the NBA released the entire schedule for the 2019-20 season. With over 1,200 games set to tipoff in the coming year, let’s see what we can do to trim that number down a bit. Here are some of the highlights from the schedule release as it pertains to the BBNBA.
The newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony Davis, will make his debut for the purple and gold on opening night, Oct. 22, against the crosstown rival Clippers, who are the odds-on betting favorites to win the title.
Karl-Anthony Towns will make his season debut for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 23 against Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets (no Kevin Durant, either, who could miss the entire regular season and the playoffs).
The Denver Nuggets and its new $170 million man, Jamal Murray, kick off the season on Oct. 23 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
To the surprise of no one, Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans are receiving plenty of air time. The Pellies suit up on opening night against the defending champion Toronto Raptors and then again against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 25.
Basically, every national TV game during the opening week is going to be must-see basketball. Even League Pass will be bringing the heat.
- Kings (Fox) – Suns (Booker) on Oct. 23.
- Suns (Booker) – Nuggets (Murray) on Oct. 25
- Warriors (Cauley-Stein) – Thunder (Gilgeous-Alexander) on Oct. 27.
As usual, the NBA will screen five games on Christmas Day, starting at noon with the final game tipping off at 10:30.
Eric Bledsoe will look to follow up his performance from last Christmas when he posted 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists. His Milwaukee Bucks and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 2:30 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., we get more Willie Cauley-Stein as the Warriors take on James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and the
2012 Oklahoma City Thunder Houston Rockets.
Once again, we have Clippers-Lakers (Davis) at 8 p.m., followed by Murray and company hosting Williamson and the Pelicans in Denver at 10:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The NBA always dedicates MLK Day to a buffet of great games and this year will be no different.
Hey, look at that! More Anthony Davis! But this time he’ll go head-to-head with the new Boston Celtic, Enes Kanter.
If you’d like to check out the entire schedule, click the link here.