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Lakers-Clippers and Raptors-Pelicans set for NBA’s opening-night matchups on Oct. 22

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Those excited to watch the Lakers and Clippers battle for Los Angeles supremacy won’t have to wait very long to see the first matchup, as those two teams will open up the regular season by going head to head on Oct. 22, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Also getting opening night billing will be the Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans.

Obviously, Lakers-Clippers is the main attraction.

Both LA ballclubs had incredibly busy offseasons, with the Lakers landing Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade with the Pelicans and the Clippers signing Kawhi Leonard and also bringing in Paul George in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

As a result, both the Lakers and the Clippers are considered title contenders heading into the 2019-20 campaign, which truly marks the first time in the history of both franchises that they are both looked at as potential championship teams in the same season.

Until now, the Lakers have been the dominant team in Tinseltown, as they have won 16 titles as opposed to zero for the Clips, but many feel that the Clippers actually hold the edge over LeBron James and Co. going into next year.

Meanwhile, the Raptors are coming off of their first NBA title, but they suffered a grave loss this offseason when Leonard spurned them to join the Clippers.

As for the Pelicans, they are beginning a new dawn in the post-Davis era, as they are now building around a young core of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.