The NBA is giving the Toronto Raptors the opportunity to duplicate last season’s 7-1 start in October.
Nine of their first 12 games are at home, including the Oct. 29 season opener against Atlanta, marking the fifth time in the past six years they will start the season at the Air Canada Centre.
LeBron, Cavaliers open against Knicks
LeBron James will play his first game since rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Oct. 30 against New York, then
return to Miami for the first time on Christmas.
The NBA regular season will open Oct. 28, with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks in one of the three games that night.
Other key dates:
- A 12-game Martin Luther King Jr. Day, four televised nationally, is highlighted by another Cleveland-Chicago matchup.
- The NBA Finals rematches between the Spurs and Heat are scheduled for Feb. 6 in San Antonio and March 31 in Miami.
- If a Kevin Love trade to Cleveland is completed, his return to Minnesota would be Jan. 31.
- James's first game in San Antonio since his final one in a Miami uniform is March 12.
- Pau Gasol heads back to Los Angeles for the first time since leaving the Lakers for Chicago on Jan. 29.
- Jason Kidd's first visit to Brooklyn since leaving the Nets to coach Milwaukee is Nov. 19.
- International games scheduled for Mexico City (Houston-Minnesota on Nov. 12) and London (New York-Milwaukee on Jan. 15).
- The regular season ends April 15.
After this home stretch, the Raptors will play 14 of their next 22 contests on the road.
Toronto will also finish the regular season with 18 of its final 29 games away from the ACC.
The Raptors will only have two home dates in April, the fewest in franchise history for an 82-game schedule.
Toronto will have a seven-game homestand from Nov. 7-21, matching the franchise high set in November 1999 and March 2012.
Key dates include a pair of visits by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 5 and March 4.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder are in two for an early-season appearance Nov. 4.
The lone visit by Tim Duncan and the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs is Feb. 8, followed by Kobe Bryant’s only trek to Toronto with the Los Angeles Lakers on March 27.
The Raptors will play on back-to-back days 19 times during the 2014-15 campaign, an increase of one from the past two seasons.