NBA: Lakers, Clippers to clash on Opening Day -- report

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Aug 04 2019 12:43 PM

Los Angeles Lakers players Kyle Kuzma (left), Anthony Davis (center) and Lebron James watch the game against the Los Angeles Clippers during the NBA Summer League at Thomas & Mack Center. Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

NBA fans reportedly will see the first showdown for Los Angeles supremacy on Oct. 22 when LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers meet Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the opening date on Saturday, adding the Toronto Raptors will begin defense of their NBA title that day against the new-look New Orleans Pelicans and No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson.

On Friday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also reported the Lakers and Clippers would meet in one of five Christmas Day games. 

The others: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics at the Raptors and the Pelicans at Denver Nuggets.

The full schedule is expected to be released next week.

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