The NBA announced its schedule Monday, with the regular season kicking off Oct. 22 and coming to a close April 15.
Here are 11 games to watch throughout the season:
The defending champion Toronto Raptors will host the New Orleans Pelicans as they officially receive their championship rings. The contest also marks the debut of rookie sensation and No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.
Although the Raptors lost key pieces in Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, they bring back the majority of their title-winning core and will look to add to their franchise-best playoff streak by reaching the postseason for a seventh-straight year.
It'll be worth watching budding star Pascal Siakam's development, as he looks to add an All-Star appearance to his resume.
The league is wasting no time getting the Lakers and Clippers on the court together. LeBron James finally has a superstar running mate in Los Angeles in Anthony Davis - both he and the Clippers' newly formed dynamic duo of Leonard and Paul George will be making their L.A. debuts in this intracity clash.
Both franchises sit atop the championship odds, with the Clippers owning a slight edge over their fellow Staples Center residents.
Doncic is coming off of a spectacular Rookie of the Year season, and his battle against this year's award favorite will be one worth watching. Both franchises view their young cores as potential playoff contenders in the deep Western Conference.
The Pelicans refused to comply with Davis' initial trade demands, as the two parties played through the awkwardness over the final few months of the 2018-19 season. However, the team eventually gave in and shipped the superstar to L.A. in exchange for a glut of draft picks and young talent, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart.
Davis will surely receive loud boos despite the Pelicans being well-positioned for a bright future. An argument can be made that the perennial All-Star did them a favor, as the dark cloud looming over the franchise is now seemingly gone.
Boston's future soon unraveled, as the team performed well below expectations and was eventually forced to move on from both Irving and fellow All-Star Al Horford.
The Brooklyn Nets managed to land both Irving and Kevin Durant this summer and are in position to eventually contend for a championship just six years after a massive 2013 trade with the Celtics sent them into obscurity.
He came, he saw, he conquered, and he left.
Leonard helped lead a deep Raptors roster to several firsts, including the franchise's first-ever NBA title versus the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
The superstar forward will collect his hard-earned ring in his first visit north of the border since bolting to the Clippers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo's Milwaukee Bucks will visit the City of Brotherly Love on Christmas Day to face Joel Embiid's new-look Philadelphia 76ers in the first of four games between the two powerhouses.
The 76ers and Bucks both fell to Leonard's Raptors last postseason. However, both now stand on top of the Eastern Conference with seemingly little resistance.
For what it's worth, the first matchup between the two teams will be Oct. 28, marking the first time Chris Paul returns to Houston since the trade that sent Westbrook out of OKC.
Williamson is once again expected to be in the spotlight as he heads to New York City to face his former Duke teammate RJ Barrett.
The Knicks struck out on several marquee free agents this summer and are left with the hope that the No. 3 pick in June's draft will live up to his lofty expectations.
Russell will be a crucial part of a Warriors offense missing Klay Thompson until some time after the All-Star break. We'll have a better idea of Russell's role with the franchise by the time of his return to Brooklyn.
Carter rejoined the up-and-coming Atlanta Hawks for his own farewell tour in season No. 22. The soon-to-be 43-year-old is expected to retire as the fourth-oldest player in league history.