Clippers-Lakers Duel in the Opening Night and NBA Christmas 2019-2020
The 2019-2020 NBA will still be held for more than two months. However, some NBA media and contributors have been getting spoiled matches on important NBA days. The most important days awaited in the title each season are opening days and Christmas celebrations. Both of these games will usually make the stadium full and attract the attention of many parties because of the presence of big NBA teams or players.
CBS Sports reported that the opening match of this season will suffer a setback when compared to last season. This season, the opening game will be held Tuesday night, October 22, 2019, local time. While the title of last season was held Friday, October 19, 2018.
This withdrawal schedule also delayed the playoff schedule a week longer than last season. One of the factors that made the NBA postpone their schedule this season was the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The interstate event held in China had just ended September 15. Therefore, the NBA tries to provide longer breaks for the players.
In previous seasons, the NBA had a tendency to open the season with matches involving defending champions and their regional rivals. However, the NBA did things differently this season. Defending champion, the Toronto Raptors will indeed play in the opening match. However, they did not face their rivals in the Eastern Region. They will actually face one of the dark horse teams this season, the New Orleans Pelicans.
Two teams from Los Angeles are arguably the most lively discussed in the free player market this time, the Clippers and the Lakers, also helped open the season. Unmitigated, this Los Angeles duel is not only on the opening night. Their duel was even scheduled on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, most likely in the opening night Clippers will not be strengthened by Paul George who is still recovering from a shoulder injury.
The Clippers and Lakers are scheduled to meet four times next season and two of them on the opening night and Christmas eve. This has shown how introspective the NBA is for the wishes of NBA fans or even connoisseurs in all parts of the world.
Pelicans and Raptors will also be present again on Christmas Eve. However, the two will not meet again. Pelicans will face the Denver Nuggets at home to the Nuggets while the Raptors will host the Boston Celtics. The duel of two teams of candidates for the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia 76ers against the Milwaukee Bucks were also present on Christmas Eve. Finally, there is the classic Western Conference duel, the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors who were part of the Western Conference semifinal last season.
In addition to these two important nights, NBA fans usually also await the “return” of their former team star players who moved during the break of the season. Kristaps Porzingis, who missed last season, will finally come to Madison Square Garden as a guest on November 14, 2019.
The new Lakers star, Anthony Davis, whose move is full of drama will visit Pelicans on November 27. On the same day, Kyrie Irving, will also return to the Boston Celtics headquarters. Kawhi Leonard, who was the main star of the Raptors, won the championship and will return to the Scotiabank Arena on December 11.
Russell Westbrook will be playing his first game as a guest at the Oklahoma City Thunder home on January 9, 2020. While his duet partner in Thunder last season, Paul George, will make his first visit to Thunder on March 3, 2020. (DRMK)