Toronto Raptors to open their 2017-18 season against Chicago Bulls

Voice of the Toronto Raptors Matt Devlin joined Sportsnets Starting Lineup to discuss the recently released NBA schedule and the changes for this year and ESPN predicting that the Raptors will finish sixth in the conference.

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors will make their earliest regular-season start in club history in 2017-18.

The NBA released its full schedule Monday, and Toronto will start its 23rd season at home against Chicago on Oct. 19 — a week earlier than last season’s start.

Toronto’s road debut is Oct. 23 at San Antonio, which will the first of a season-high six-game road swing.

The longest home stand of the season is four games from Feb. 2-8.

The Raptors will end the regular season April 11 at Miami.

Toronto will host the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Jan. 13, two days after the lone visit from LeBron James and the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Raptors will have 14 back-to-back games, down three from last season. Six will feature a pair of road games.

Toronto will play its 14th season in the Atlantic Division, joining Boston, Brooklyn, New York and Philadelphia. The Raptors finished second behind Boston in the Atlantic last year, ending a run of three-straight division titles. Toronto was swept by Cleveland in the second round of the NBA playoffs.

The Raptors were a member of the Central Division from 1995-2004.

Here is the team’s entire 82-game schedule:

Toronto Raptors 2017-18 schedule. (Via Toronto Raptors)
Toronto Raptors 2017-18 schedule. (Via Toronto Raptors)

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