Raptors to Open the NBA Season Hosting New Orleans
The Toronto Raptors will play host to the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 23 in their NBA season opener in their temporary home of Tampa, Fla.
The NBA unveiled the first half of its schedule on Friday.
Amalie Arena will be the Raptors' home for at least the first half of their 72-game schedule because of border restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It marks the 11th time in the past 12 seasons the Raptors start the year with a home game. The Raptors also opened against New Orleans last year in Toronto.
The NBA schedule opens Dec. 22 with Canadian Steve Nash making his head coaching debut with the Brooklyn Nets against the visiting Golden State Warriors, and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers facing the Los Angeles Clippers.
The schedule incorporates steps to reduce travel, including the use of a "series"' model. In some instances where a team is scheduled to play twice in one market, those games have been scheduled to be played consecutively.
With files from the Canadian Press