Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors to Kick off New Season on Halloween at Home to the Indiana Pacers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors to Kick off New Season on Halloween at Home to the Indiana Pacers

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Raptors set to kick off season on Halloween

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TORONTO - Toronto basketball fans might have to cancel their trick-or-treating this year.

The Toronto Raptors host the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 31 to open the 2012-13 NBA regular season, tipping off the club's 18th campaign in the league.

Toronto's first road trip will be a new one -- the club visits the Brooklyn Nets, who relocated from New Jersey this off-season.

The Raptors might be road-weary by Christmas, with 19 of their first 31 games away from Air Canada Centre.

The team's longest road trip is five games from Dec. 3-10, while Toronto has a six-game home stand Jan. 2-13.

Linsanity and the Houston Rockets come to Toronto on Dec. 16, the NBA-finalist Oklahoma City Thunder are in town Jan. 6, while Canadian Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers pass through on Jan. 20.

Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and the rest of the Miami Heat -- defending NBA champions -- have two matinee dates in Toronto: Feb. 3 and March 17.

The Raptors have 17 back-to-back games this season, three fewer than last season. …

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