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Heat to open season against the Magic

This will be the third straight year Miami will play their season opener in Orlando.

Orlando Magic v Miami Heat Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Miami Heat will open the 2018-19 regular season Oct. 17 in a visit to the Orlando Magic, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman reported. It will be the third consecutive time the Heat will open the season against their state rival.

The Heat will face their first back-to-back early in the year, having to fly from Orlando to Washington, D.C. to play the Wizards Oct. 18.

Miami will be off during the NBA’s marquee Christmas Day match-up schedule. The last time the Heat played Dec. 25 was in 2014, after LeBron James had joined the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The full NBA schedule will be released Friday at 4 p.m. ET.