Lakers unveil 2018-19 preseason schedule

NBA: Preseason-Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers
Oct 13, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) scores a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled their preseason schedule for the 2018-19 season on Monday. The squad will play six total games against the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, and Golden State Warriors.

As usual, the Lakers will play in a variety of arenas across the region, including in cities that do not have NBA teams of their own.

The Lakers will begin preseason play in San Diego to showcase what will undoubtedly be a very different team than the one we saw in 2017-18. The Lakers will be hoping to unveil a team with much more star power with visions of the likes of Paul George and LeBron James in purple and gold fueling their offseason.

The Lakers will then have two matchups in Staples Center before visiting Anaheim, Las Vegas and San Jose.

Earlier this week, the NBA released the schedule for the newly implemented California Classic in Sacramento which will be Lakers fans’ first glimpse at the team’s new draft picks. The Lakers will still be featured at the annual Las Vegas Summer League later in July.

As usual, the preseason will be a time for many fans who do not otherwise have the opportunity to watch their Lakers up close. It will, of course, also give Luke Walton and his coaching staff some game action to prepare his team for a season in which the Lakers could compete for a playoff spot and the players an opportunity to work on their chemistry before the season resumes.

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