When does the NBA season start 2019-20? Opening Night schedule, first game for each team

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Stay calm, basketball fans. Another NBA season is right around the corner.

After a summer full of major signings and blockbuster trades, NBA general managers have their rosters set, and the championship chase is wide open. The Warriors didn't suddenly disappear, but they aren't expected to continue their dominance over the rest of the league following a run of three titles in five years.

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If you're wondering when the regular season officially starts — and more importantly, when your favorite team plays its first game — we've got you covered. Here is the schedule breakdown for the first few days of the 2019-20 NBA season.

When does the NBA season start?

The 2019-20 campaign will tip off Tuesday, Oct. 22 on TNT with marquee matchups featuring the Pelicans, Raptors, Lakers and Clippers. No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson will make his regular-season debut against the defending champs in the early game (8 p.m. ET), and the Clippers' new dynamic duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will challenge Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the battle for Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET).

That's just a teaser for Wednesday's slate, which features 11 games, including Celtics vs. 76ers (7:30 p.m. ET) and Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET) on ESPN. The Hawks, Bucks, Rockets and Warriors will play their regular-season openers Thursday night. Golden State will face the Clippers in the first regular-season game at the new Chase Center.

NBA schedule for 2019-20

Tuesday, Oct. 22 (Opening Night)

Time

Teams

Location

National TV

8 p.m. ET

Pelicans vs. Raptors

Scotiabank Arena

TNT

10:30 p.m. ET

Lakers vs. Clippers

Staples Center

TNT

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Time

Teams

Location

National TV

7 p.m. ET

Bulls vs. Hornets

Spectrum Center

7 p.m. ET

Pistons vs. Pacers

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

7 p.m. ET

Cavaliers vs. Magic

Amway Center

7:30 p.m. ET

Celtics vs. 76ers

Wells Fargo Center

ESPN

7:30 p.m. ET

Grizzlies vs. Heat

American Airlines Arena

7:30 p.m. ET

Timberwolves vs. Nets

Barclays Center

8:30 p.m. ET

Wizards vs. Mavericks

American Airlines Center

8:30 p.m. ET

Knicks vs. Spurs

AT&T Center

9 p.m. ET

Thunder vs. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

10 p.m. ET

Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers

Moda Center

ESPN

10 p.m. ET

Kings vs. Suns

Talking Stick Resort Arena

10 p.m. ET Kings vs. Suns Talking Stick Resort Arena —

Thursday, Oct. 24

Time

Teams

Location

National TV

7 p.m. ET

Hawks vs. Pistons

Little Caesars Arena

8 p.m. ET

Bucks vs. Rockets

Toyota Center

TNT

10:30 p.m. ET

Clippers vs. Warriors

Chase Center

TNT

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