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October 22, 2019
New Orleans at Toronto 8:00 PM ET
The battle between the defending champions and the No. 1 overall pick loses a little luster with Kawhi Leonard and Zion Williamson out of the mix, but the excitement of opening night of NBA basketball should keep the fans happy. The Leonard-less Toronto Raptors are set to raise their championship banner when they host the Williamson-less New Orleans Pelicans in the season opener on Tuesday.
L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ET
A new era in Los Angeles professional basketball begins on Tuesday night when the suddenly ferocious Clippers host the once-proud Lakers on the opening night of the NBA season. Many experts are predicting the Clippers to win their first NBA title after the offseason additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George while the Lakers are seeking to end a six-season playoff drought after acquiring Anthony Davis to team with LeBron James.