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.
Heat to open the season on road against Magic, Wizards https://t.co/KcSoNlb3YB— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) August 8, 2018
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.