The following day, a full slate of 11 games will kick off the 2019-20 campaign in earnest.
The NBA season will begin on October 22, one week later than past year. It's a reversal of last season, which began with the Sixers visiting the Celtics in Boston (with the Cs winning).
The next time the team faces the Raptors will be on Christmas Day - the fourth-straight year and 33rd time in franchise history that the Celtics will play a December 25 game.
Six of the team's final ten games of the season will be both at home and against playoff teams from last season, including the Portland Trail Blazers on March 27, Orlando Magic on April 3, Milwaukee Bucks on April 5, and Indiana Pacers on April 8. That includes Anthony Davis going back to New Orleans, Leonard to Toronto, Paul George and Russell Westbrook to Oklahoma City, Kemba Walker to Charlotte and Kyrie Irving to Boston.
- The Celtics will host No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on January 11.
It is now official: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers will open their 82-game National Basketball Association campaign against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in a Clippers home game at Staples Center on October 22.
Boston's home opener will be October 25 versus Toronto. Lakers come to Boston on January 20, Martin Luther King Day, which is always a special occasion in the NBA.Breaking tradition, the Celtics will not play at home on the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday.
November 27 will also be a big night for Brooklyn's new point guard, since that's when he'll return to Boston for the first time as an opponent since leaving the Celtics. That doesn't include the January 24 game in Paris between Milwaukee and Charlotte.