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NBA Schedule 2018-19 Release: Here are the key dates for the Raptors

The Raptors are getting ready for the coming season, and now you can too. Mark your calendars!

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With NBA news into its annual august (and August) summer doldrums, the release of the 2018-19 regular season schedule is always met with much jubilation. We’re not any closer to on-court action, or seeing the new-look Raptors take the league by storm, but now at least we can start to plan out our future.

As of right now, the official NBA schedule is available for perusal. Obviously we can’t summarize the entire thing — nor do we want to — but for key dates involving the Toronto Raptors, we’ve got you covered.

Check here for the entire 2018-19 Raptors regular season schedule.

Key Dates of the Raptors’ 2018-19 Season

October 17 - Home/Season opener vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

October 19 - First Boston Celtics meeting (in Toronto)

October 20 - First Washington Wizards meeting (in Washington)

(Yes that’s three games in four nights to start the season.)

October 30 - First Philadelphia Sixers meeting (in Toronto)

November 4 - Raptors visit LeBron in Los Angeles

November 29 - The Warriors come to Toronto

December 26 - Annual Boxing Day game, this time vs. Miami

January 1 - Ring in the new year with the Utah Jazz in Toronto

January 3 - Raptors vs. Spurs in San Antonio — this should be fun

February 3 - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stops by Toronto with the Clippers

February 22 - DeMar DeRozan visits Toronto for the first time as a Spur

March 14 - LeBron comes to Toronto

March 20/22 - Home-and-home with... the Thunder???

April 7 - Last home game of the season vs. the Miami Heat

April 9 - Last game of the season vs. the Timberwolves

Here’s the official release from the NBA with a few more details involving the NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC (Toronto didn’t get an invite), other key dates league-wide, along with other television info, for both national and international broadcasts.

Check back on the site tomorrow with a deeper dive into the schedule — longest road trips, longest home stands, back-to-backs, and all the other bells and whistles. Get excited.