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Rap­tors will open their pre-sea­son at Char­lotte

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The new-look Toronto Rap­tors will open their three-game NBA pre-sea­son in Char­lotte.

The Rap­tors are on the road against the Hor­nets on Dec. 12 and 14, then face the Mi­ami Heat in a “home” game on

Dec. 18 to round out their three­game pre-sea­son.

Due to Canada’s re­stric­tions around COVID-19, the Rap­tors are play­ing their home games for at least part of the sea­son at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

The Rap­tors made some key changes in re­cent days, sign­ing New Zealand-born Aussie cen­tre Aron Baynes after los­ing Marc Ga­sol and Serge Ibaka in free agency. Other new­com­ers in­clude rookie guards Malachi Flynn and Jalen Har­ris, who were se­lected No. 29 and 59 in the re­cent NBA draft.

The reg­u­lar sea­son tips off on Dec. 22. It will in­clude just 72 games per team this sea­son rather than 82, and the sched­ule is be­ing re­leased in two seg­ments. The first half, cov­er­ing Dec. 22 to March 4, will be re­leased in the com­ing days, while the se­cond half — March 11 to May 16 — will be re­leased to­ward the end of the first half.

Re­leas­ing the sched­ule in two parts al­lows the league to resched­ule games post­poned due to COVID-19.

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