Raptors set to open NBA regular season at home versus Timberwolves in October
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (9) tries to pressure Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. (33) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Saturday, March 18, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 17, 2023 3:39PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors' 2023-24 regular-season schedule is now in place.
Toronto will begin its NBA campaign at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 25. It's the 12th straight season that the Raptors open at Scotiabank Arena.
Among its notable contests, the Raptors host former head coach Nick Nurse and the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 28. Nurse was fired in April and replaced by Darko Rajakovic in June.
Toronto also hosts former Raptor Fred VanVleet and the Houston Rockets on Feb. 9. VanVleet left Toronto after seven seasons to sign a lucrative deal with Houston in free agency.
The Raptors also host Canadian Jamal Murray and the defending champion Denver Nuggets on Dec. 20, the Golden State Warriors on March 1, Hamilton's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 22 and the Los Angeles Lakers on April 2.
Toronto's in-season tournament group play games were announced Tuesday and will take place between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28. The Raptors are in East Group C with the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics
Toronto is coming off a 41-41 season but fell short of making the playoffs.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 17, 2023.