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National Basketball Association releases 2019-20 schedule, doubleheaders to tip off earlier

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The NBA today released its complete game schedule and broadcast schedules for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV and ESPN Radio for the 2019-20 regular season. The defending champions usually play against a conference rival, while two of the best teams in the opposing conference tend to fill in the night's other slot.

For a fifth consecutive season, back-to-backs are at a historic low, with teams averaging 12.4 this season, down from 13.3 last season. The Warriors have the second-most with 30, the Rockets will appear 26 times, Celtics 25 times, while the Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers make 24 appearances each.

There will be no ESPN Wednesday night doubleheaders with 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. starts, and only two of Turner's 10 Tuesday night doubleheaders will be that late.

Kawhi Leonard will make his return to Toronto on December 11 as the LA Clippers visit the defending champion Raptors.

Any time a high-profile player changes teams, there's some serious buzz when that player returns to play in his former city for the first time.

- Miami at Milwaukee (5 p.m.): Four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler's first road game with the Heat is in Milwaukee, where he starred in college at Marquette.

In the league's opening-night doubleheader on October 22, the defending champion Toronto Raptors will host the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. ET, while the Los Angeles Lakers will face their fellow Staples Center residents, the Los Angeles Clippers, at 10:30 p.m. ET.

In all, there were 57 games on national television starting at 10:30 p.m. last season.

In 10 National Basketball Association seasons, he has spent time with the Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards prior to his time with the Raps. The longest road swings last five games: November 8 to 16 and March 1 to 9.

As seen in the tweet embedded below, the Hawks social account cryptically revealed select games on their schedule and it'll likely take you a couple of times through to catch all the dates and matchups.

Long before LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers previous year, the future Hall of Famer had established himself as one of the greats of the game.

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