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Raptors embark on most challenging title defence in NBA history

The NBA made its return with two competitive and highly entertaining games on Thursday, capped off by a showdown between the Lakers and Clippers. But as we all know, the season doesn’t officially start until the defending champions take the court (listen, when you win the Larry OB, you make the rules up as you wish).

The Raptors will (re)start their title defence on Saturday. There are eight seeding games to be played over the next two weeks. The defending champs have a particularly tough schedule, but are most likely locked into the No. 2 seed in the East, with the potential of falling to No.