Defending NBA champions Toronto Raptors resume their title-retention bid as they kick off their string of seeding games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, August 1 (Sunday, August 2, Manila time).
Riding a four-game winning streak before the season suspension, the Raptors look to extend their victorious run against the team with the best record in the Western Conference.
The Raptors have been counted out of the NBA title debate after losing Kawhi Leonard in the offseason, but they have proven to be just as dangerous without their former best player.
Led by Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry, the Raptors have tallied a 46-18 record, good for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Lakers, meanwhile, seek to make it 2-of-2 in the seeding games after escaping the Los Angeles Clippers in Day 1 of the season restart.
Although he made the biggest plays against the Clippers, LeBron James still has to shake off rust from the four-month hiatus as he clearly struggled to find his offensive rhythm.
Game time is at 8:30 am.