The Toronto Raptors will tip off their 25th anniversary season and defence of their NBA championship title on Tuesday, Oct. 22 against the New Orleans Pelicans at Scotiabank Arena, the team announced on Aug. 12.

The club released its full schedule for the 2019-20 NBA season, including plans to celebrate their 2019 championship on opening night with a ring ceremony and a banner raising prior to the game.

This marks the 10th time in the last 11 seasons the Raptors will open their season on home court. Toronto’s first road game is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 against the Boston Celtics.

For the first time in franchise history the Raptors will take to the court on Christmas Day, when they host the Celtics. Other key home games include the return of former Raptor Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 11, a lone visit from Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Mar. 16 and the Houston Rockets will be the opponents for the sixth annual Giants of Africa Game, celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, on Dec. 5.

The busiest month for the Raptors will be December with 16 games scheduled, including 11 of those at home. Wednesday nights will be the busiest day of the week for Toronto with 18 scheduled games, while they have 13 back-to-back games this season.

Toronto will make 11 appearances on U.S. national television, with six on ESPN and five contests on TNT. A local Raptors’ 2019-20 television schedule will be released at a later date.

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