NBA schedule release: Opening Night, Christmas Day, star return games for 2019-20 season

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It feels like this summer's free agency bonanza just ended, but as the saying goes, basketball never stops. The 2019-20 NBA schedule is here.

Which teams got primetime placement? Here's a breakdown of the key dates for the upcoming season.

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NBA Opening Night schedule — Oct. 22

Time

Away

Home

8 p.m. ET

Pelicans

Raptors

10:30 p.m. ET

Lakers

Clippers

NBA Christmas Day schedule — Dec. 25

Time

Away

Home

Noon ET

Celtics

Raptors

2:30 p.m. ET

Bucks

76ers

5 p.m. ET

Rockets

Warriors

8 p.m. ET

Clippers

Lakers

10:30 p.m. ET

Pelicans

Nuggets

Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule — Jan. 20

Time

Away

Home

2:30 p.m. ET

Raptors

Hawks

5 p.m. ET

Pelicans

Grizzlies

7:30 p.m. ET

Lakers

Celtics

10 p.m. ET

Warriors

Trail Blazers

Dec. 22 7 p.m. ET Clippers Thunder Paul George

NBA star return games

Date

Time

Away

Home

Returning star

Oct. 28

8 p.m. ET

Thunder

Rockets

Chris Paul

Nov. 7

8 p.m. ET

Celtics

Hornets

Kemba Walker

Nov. 14

8 p.m. ET

Mavericks

Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis

Nov. 15

8 p.m. ET

Jazz

Grizzlies

Mike Conley

Nov. 23

7:30 p.m. ET

Heat

76ers

Jimmy Butler

Nov. 27

7 p.m. ET

Nets

Celtics

Kyrie Irving

Nov. 27

9:30 p.m. ET

Lakers

Pelicans

Anthony Davis

Dec. 11

7 p.m. ET

Clippers

Raptors

Kawhi Leonard

Dec. 12

8 p.m. ET

76ers

Celtics

Al Horford

Time

Away

Home

2:30 p.m. ET

Raptors

Hawks

5 p.m. ET

Pelicans

Grizzlies

7:30 p.m. ET

Lakers

Celtics

10 p.m. ET

Warriors

Trail Blazers

Dec. 22

7 p.m. ET

Clippers

Thunder

Paul George

Jan. 9

9:30 p.m. ET

Rockets

Thunder

Russell Westbrook

Feb. 5

7:30 p.m. ET

Warriors

Nets

D'Angelo Russell

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