The Raps will tip off the season at home for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons, hosting a LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers team on Oct. All told, the Raptors will have to play 12 back-to-back games, and on three different occasions the club will have a season-high four-game road swing. The team will play nine road games in November and December, but Raptors fans will want to be in Toronto in January, when the club hosts the most home games of any month eight. This game will serve not only as a litmus test, but a chance to establish a season-long rivalry that, with any luck for Raptors fans, could spill over to the post-season.
Coming off a fifth consecutive year in which they missed the playoffs, optimism is abound for the Los Angeles Lakers. Buoyed by the signing of LeBron James in free agency, many anticipate the Lakers to take another step toward restoring the franchise to its former glory.