National Basketball Association 2019-20: Some tip-offs earlier, back-to-backs down again


After playing at Denver, they'll return home for two games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic before embarking on their second (and final) six-game road trip of the season.

Yet despite the stiff competition, unless there is an unforeseen setback, the Warriors will be at their best around this time as many expect Klay Thompson to be returning from his ACL injury around this stretch. April 10 - Likely Vince Carter's final National Basketball Association game in Toronto.

The longest homestand of the season is four games from February 21-28. Seven of those back-to-backs will be consecutive road games.

Warriors (30) and Rockets (26) have the most major nationally televised games scheduled for next season.

ESPN's Wednesday doubleheaders - mostly at 8 and 10:30 p.m. last season - will begin at either 7 or 7:30 p.m., followed by a second game at either 9:30 p.m. or 10 the East. TNT had nine Tuesday doubleheaders last season with the second game starting at 10:30; this season that number is down to two, with the second game now mostly starting at 9:30 or 10 p.m.

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Boston will have 25 games broadcast on national channels, starting with their season opener in Philadelphia to face former Celtic Al Horford and the 76ers on October 23.

The stretches of four games in five days might be gone for good.

Give credit to the Los Angeles Clippers as they have pulled off a number of shrewd moves over the years that have ultimately led them to become a legitimate championship contender with two All-Star players on their roster.

The regular season ends with 13 games on April 15.

The Houston guard will face Oklahoma City as an opponent for the first time on October 28, and travel to OKC for the first time on January 9. As we've already heard, the Nets will come to the TD Garden on November 27, which is the night before Thanksgiving, then the Celts will visit Brooklyn on the night after Turkey Day, November 29.Horford and his new Sixers team will come to Boston for the first time on December 12. The most hard matchup of the month figures to be the Clippers' road game against the Philadelphia 76ers on February 11.