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Lakers-Clippers headline NBA's opening night

Clippers, Lakers to square off on NBA's opening night.

The NBA announced its 2013-14 schedule on Monday evening, a slate that features games in two countries outside of the U.S and Canada – in Mexico City and London – for the first time.


As always, the slate will be a busy one in Los Angeles, and the city’s two teams will face off on opening night, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.


The Clippers, who had a productive offseason after losing in the first round of last spring's playoffs, have high hopes for their upcoming season in a still-strong Western Conference. Highlights of their schedule include:   


-- Nov. 4 vs. Houston and Dwight Howard, which will be the big man's first return to Staples Center since leaving the Lakers


-- Nov. 7 @ Miami, the reigning champions


-- Nov. 16 vs. Brooklyn, whose roster features coach Doc Rivers' former Boston stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce


-- Nov. 18 vs. Memphis, who knocked the Clippers out of the 2013 playoffs


-- Dec. 5 @ Memphis, the site of their playoff loss in April


-- Dec. 11 at Boston, which will be Rivers' first trip back since leaving


-- Dec. 25 @ Golden State


-- Jan. 10 vs. the Lakers


-- Feb. 5 vs. Miami, which will be the Heat's only matchup with the Clippers in L.A.


-- Feb. 23 @ Oklahoma City


-- March 6 vs. the Lakers


-- April 6 vs. the Lakers


The Lakers' rebuilding season will feature its share of highlights, including Kobe Bryant's eventual return. Other big games include:


-- Nov. 1 vs. San Antonio, who swept them in the first round in April


-- Nov. 7 at Houston, their reunion with Howard


-- Dec. 13 at Oklahoma City, one of the biggest early matchups of the season


-- Dec. 25 vs. Miami


-- Jan. 10 vs. the Clippers


-- Jan. 14 vs. Cleveland, which will be Andrew Bynum's return to Los Angeles


-- Jan. 26 at New York, where Mike D'Antoni will be reunited with the few remaining members of his former team


-- Feb. 19 vs. Houston, Howard's return to his former home court


-- March 6 vs. the Clippers


-- April 6 vs. the Clippers


The Clippers conclude their regular season on April 16 in Portland, while the Lakers wrap up in San Antonio that same night.