2019-20: Every home opener for NBA teams; MLB teams too-TUE0813

5 THINGS YOU'LL FIND ON THIS POST
1 74th NBA season tips off on Oct. 22 and ends on April 15
2 Top pick Zion Williams plays opening night; Lakers vs. Clippers
3 A look at when several star players return to the city they left
4 MLB releases 2020 schedule; list of every team's home opener
5 Baseball's earliest start is March 26; 15 dates to mark down

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74

NBA will open its 74th season

on Oct. 22 and end on April 15;

playoffs will begin April 18

24

Consecutive season TNT has had an opening night doubleheader; network’s 36th year covering NBA

1 vs. 1

Toronto gets championship rings on Oct. 22 when it opens vs. #1 draft pick Zion Williamson, New Orleans

2 vs. 2

Game 2 debuts new duos: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, Paul George vs. Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis


Most Christmas Day appearances of teams scheduled to play in 2019


12/25

Champions Raptors will host Christmas Day game for first time in 72 years of NBA games the 25th

  • Noon ET: Boston at Toronto

  • 2:30: Milwaukee at Philadelphia

  • 5: Houston at Golden State

  • 8: LA Clippers at LA Lakers

  • 10:30: New Orleans at Denver


Fewest Christmas Day appearances of teams scheduled to play in 2019


48

The schedule features 24 Saturday games and 24 Sunday games that will air in prime time in Europe

30

Minutes the NBA is moving up the starting time for some West Coast games, to 10 p.m. Eastern

  • 24: In 2018-19 there were 57 games that started at 10:30 p.m.; this season there will be 33

  • 4: Average number of times team will play back-to-back games, down for 5th straight season

  • 0: For third straight year no team will play stretch of 4 games in 5 day

2019-20 NBA HOME OPENERS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
All times Eastern
ATLANTIC DATE OPPONENT TIME
Boston 10/25 Raptors 7
Brooklyn 10/23 Timberwolves 7:30
New York 10/26 Celtics 7:30
Philadelphia 10/23 Celtics 7:30
Toronto 10/22 Pelicans 8
CENTRAL DATE OPPONENT TIME
Chicago 10/26 Raptors 8
Cleveland 10/26 Pacers 8
Detroit 10/24 Hawks 7
Indiana 10/23 Pistons 7
Milwaukee 10/26 Heat 5
SOUTHEAST DATE OPPONENT TIME
Atlanta 10/26 Magic 7:30
Charlotte 10/23 Bulls 7
Miami 10/23 Grizzlies 7:30
Orlando 10/23 Cavaliers 7
Washington 10/30 Rockets 8
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DATE OPPONENT TIME
Denver 10/25 Suns 9
Minnesota 10/27 Heat 7
Okla. City 10/25 Wizards 8
Portland 10/23 Nuggets 10
Utah 10/23 Thunder 9
PACIFIC DATE OPPONENT TIME
Golden St. 10/24 Clippers 10:30
LA Clippers 10/22 Lakers 10:30
LA Lakers 10/25 Jazz 10:30
Phoenix 10/23 Kings 10
Sacramento 10/25 Trail Blazers 10
SOUTHWEST DATE OPPONENT TIME
Dallas 10/23 Wizards 8:30
Houston 10/24 Bucks 8
Memphis 10/25 Bulls 8
New Orleans 10/25 Mavericks 8
San Antonio 10/23 Knicks 8:30

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Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 20 will feature 28 of the 30 team;

a dozen other date to circle:

  • 10/28: Top draft Zion Williamson plays first regular-season game in New Orleans

  • 11/7: Boston’s Kemba Walker returns to Charlotte, where he is Hornets’ all-time leading scorer

  • 11/15: Mike Conley, Grizzlies’ career leader in points, assists, steals and games, return to Memphis as member of Jazz

  • 11/27: Kyrie Irving returns to Boston Garden for first time as member of Brooklyn Nets

  • 12/11: Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers make their one regular-season visit to Toronto

  • 12/14: Phoenix and San Antonio play in Mexico

  • 12/22: Paul George and Clippers play Chris Paul and Thunder in Oklahoma City

  • 1/9: Russell Westbrook, 8-time All-Star with Thunder, returns to Oklahoma City as member of Rockets

  • 1/24: Milwaukee plays Charlotte in Paris, the first NBA regular-season game played in France

  • 2/16: 69th All-Star Game in Chicago

  • 3/5: Raptors and Warriors meet for first time since NBA Finals

  • 4/15: Season ends with 13 games (Miami, Detroit, Denver, Utah finish April 14)


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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Schedules for 2020 season released Aug. 12 call for all 30 teams to play on Opening Day

3/26

2020 could be first time since 1968 all 30 teams play on Opening Day; 2 rainouts prevented it in 2018

9/27

Season scheduled to end

putting the World Series

on track for Oct. 20-28

2020 MLB HOME OPENERS
AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST DATE OPPONENT
Baltimore 3/26 Yankees
Boston 4/2 White Sox
New York 4/2 Blue Jays
Tampa Bay 3/26 Pirates
Toronto 3/26 Red Sox
CENTRAL DATE OPPONENT
Chicago 3/26 Royals
Cleveland 3/26 Tigers
Detroit 3/30 Royals
Kansas City 4/2 Mariners
Minnesota 4/2 Athletics
WEST DATE OPPONENT
Houston 3/26 Angels
Los Angeles 4/3 Astros
Oakland 3/26 Twins
Seattle 3/26 Rangers
Texas 3/31 Angels
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST DATE OPPONENT
Atlanta 4/3 Marlins
Miami 3/26 Phillies
New York 3/26 Nationals
Philadelphia 4/2 Brewers
Washington 4/2 Mets
CENTRAL DATE OPPONENT
Chicago 3/30 Pirates
Cincinnati 3/26 Cardinals
Milwaukee 3/26 Cubs
Pittsburgh 4/2 Reds
St. Louis 4/2 Orioles
WEST DATE OPPONENT
Arizona 3/26 Braves
Colorado 4/3 Padres
Los Angeles 3/26 Giants
San Diego 3/26 Rockies
San Francisco 4/3 Dodgers

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Here are 15 dates to mark down on your 2020 baseball calendar, including Cubs-Cardinals in London

  • 3/26, 4/17: Astros face Mike Trout and Angels 10 times in first 3 weeks with 7 games in Minute Maid Park

  • 3/30: Toronto native Joey Votto and the Reds visit Rogers Centre

  • 3/31: Mike Trout and the Angels will be Rangers first opponents in Globe Life Field

  • 4/14: Cubs will make third-ever appearance in Camden Yards to face Orioles

  • 4/14: Trout makes second appearance in Miami as Angels play Marlins

  • 4/28: Mets and Marlins meet for 3-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • 5/8: Red Sox travel to New York to renew rivalry with Yankees

  • 5/15: Dodgers will play in Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium for just second time in 15 years

  • 6/13: Cardinals host Cubs for first time in 2020 — in London; teams meet for 4 in St. Louis on July 23-26

  • 6/19: Red Sox return to Wrigley Field for first times since 2012

  • 6/26: Cubs will face Yankees in New York for first time since 2014

  • 6/26: St. Louis will make second regular-season visit to Fenway; Cardinals played Red Sox in 2013 World Series

  • 7/17: Phillies start second half with series vs. Angeles; 4th time Bryce Harper, Trout oppose each other

  • 8/13: White Sox and Dodgers will play ‘Field of Dreams’ game in Dyersville — first MLB game played in Iowa

  • 9/4: It’s Cody Bellinger vs. Christian Yelich as Dodgers return to Milwaukee for 4 games vs. Brewers


Source: nba.com; mlb.com