The new NBA schedule was finally released for next season, which means drama. With all the fireworks that came with this offseason comes even more compelling matchups.
From superstar players returning to their former teams to two dynamic duos facing off on primetime television, this season will be all about the fireworks. While the Lakers – Clippers will take up much of the TV schedule, there are still dozens of noteworthy matchups. By the way, the name Zion Williamson has taken a lead role in getting the Pelicans on national TV 30 times this upcoming season. Crazy, right?
Here’s a list of five Suave Report-selected most intriguing matchups for the 2019-2020 season. But first, we have to share some notable dates for the season’s schedule.
- The regular season will run from Tuesday, Oct. 22 until Wednesday, April 15
- The opening night schedule will feature some notable overlap
- The Christmas Day slate is star-studded
- There are going to be some fun “revenge games”
- National TV doubleheaders will start earlier
- No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson will make his home debut on Friday, Oct. 25
Now, to the most intriguing matchups of the season.
Christmas Day: The Battle of Los Angeles.
Although these teams play on opening night, that’ll be a rough draft. The Christmas Day games will be more in rhythm, thus more intriguing. Watching Lebron James vs. Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis vs. Paul George will be a treat for NBA fans.
November 27: Anthony Davis returns to NOLA.
This is not only the night before Thanksgiving, but this is also the first time Davis will return to New Orleans, and the first time he’ll play Zion Williamson. While his reception may be a bit negative, due to the way he left, Davis will get his first opportunity to play against Williamson.
January 9: Russell Westbrook returns to Oklahoma City.
This was an obvious choice. Westbrook spent 11 years of his career in Oklahoma City and left, relatively unexpectedly after Paul George decided to jump ship mid-contract. Nevertheless, the love between Westbrook and Oklahoma City is what Miami’s love for Dwyane Wade is. With all of that considered, this will be a happy reunion in OKC.
December 11: Kawhi returns to Toronto.
Although Kawhi was only there for a year, he’s a Toronto legend after bringing Canada their first NBA title just a few months ago. This is an awkward reunion, and while he accomplished the ultimate feat in Toronto, there will surely be a mixed reception in his first game back.
January 10: Zion Williamson vs. R.J. Barrett.
This is a reunion of two great friends and former teammates, but it’s also going to be a battle that’ll hopefully resemble James and Wade’s matchups throughout their career. Williamson was also on the radar for the Knicks through his entire freshman year at Duke so it’ll be interesting to see him play in MSG.