The Milwaukee Bucks will head east to see the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers will face off, the New Orleans Pelicans will reportedly visit the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics will hit the road against the Toronto Raptors according to sources.
Finally, the five-time defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors will showcase the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco when they host the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers and Clippers are a highly anticipated matchup, and the presumed Western Conference favorites after both teams reloaded in the offseason.
The Lakers added six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to pair with four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, and the Clips added two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and six-time All-StarPaul Georgeto a roster with many pieces remaining from last year’s 48-34 squad, including star sixth man Lou Williams. These two could easily wind up playing each other for an NBA Finals berth in the late spring.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers could be an Eastern Conference Finals preview featuring two of the game’s best players in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid. The two sides engaged in a couple of fantastic games last year.
No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson will take the court against a Denver Nuggets team that finished second in the West last season. The matchup between Williamson and NBA MVP candidate Nikola Jokic will be one to watch.
Lastly, the Boston Celtics will visit the Toronto Raptors in a battle of two teams that will likely find themselves in the East’s second tier behind the Bucks and 76ers but could both spoil the party.
The official schedule release date is unknown, but it may be soon, as last year’s slate droppedAug. 10, but we know all NBA fans are on the edge of their seat ready for this season to tip-off.