NBA releases 2019-20 schedule, doubleheaders to tip off earlier
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The NBA unveiled its full schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season on Monday.

In the league's opening-night doubleheader on Oct. 22, the defending champion Toronto Raptors will host the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. ET, while the Los Angeles Lakers will face their fellow Staples Center residents, the Los Angeles Clippers, at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The league is also reducing the number of 8 p.m./10:30 p.m. ET doubleheaders on both TNT and ESPN for 2019-20, lowering the amount to just 33 compared to 57 last season. Furthermore, back-to-backs are at an all-time low for a fifth-straight campaign.

April 15, 2020, will mark the final day of the regular season, which will feature 13 games.

While a number of notable player returns were leaked earlier this month, more awaited reunions were confirmed with Monday's release.

DATE HOME AWAY MARQUEE RETURN
Nov. 7 Hornets Celtics Kemba Walker
Nov. 23 76ers Heat Jimmy Butler
Dec. 12 Celtics 76ers Al Horford
Feb. 5 Nets Warriors D'Angelo Russell

On Oct. 23, the second day of the season, Marcus Morris will make his first visit to San Antonio since reportedly spurning a verbal agreement with the Spurs this summer in order to sign with the New York Knicks.

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