At long last, the NBA is (almost) back.
The 2019-20 season tips off Tuesday with a doubleheader. The Toronto Raptors will raise their championship banner against the Zion Williamson-less New Orleans Pelicans at 5 p.m. PT, while reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers host the cross-town Lakers at 7:30 p.m.
But the real action starts at 1 p.m. with the NBC Sports' NBA Tip-Off Show, which will get you ready for all things Warriors, Kings and the rest of the NBA.
With Buddy Hield's contract saga firmly in the rearview mirror, the Kings begin the 2019-20 regular season on the road Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns at 7 p.m.
Sacramento spent a lot of money revamping its bench this offseason in an effort to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Kings hired Luke Walton this summer to lead them there, and he'll try to guide a young core led by De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley and Hield to the postseason.
The Warriors, meanwhile, will make their regular-season debut at Chase Center on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. when Leonard and the Clippers come to town. Leonard and the Raptors closed Oracle Arena with an NBA Finals-clinching win on Golden State's former home floor, and the Warriors have made plenty of changes since then. Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Andre Iguodala (Memphis Grizzlies ... for now) and Shaun Livingston (retirement) are all gone, while Klay Thompson still is rehabbing after tearing his ACL in The Finals four months ago.
Two-time MVP Steph Curry has a new backcourt mate in D'Angelo Russell, and the Warriors will have to discover a new identity after spending the last half-decade in the NBA's spotlight.
Warriors Insider Monte Poole will join co-host Jim Kozimor and NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh in-studio, as well as Warriors analyst Brian Shaw and co-host Kelli Johnson. Warriors coach Steve Kerr will sit down with NBC Sports Bay Area reporter Logan Murdock for an exclusive 1-on-1 interview.
Kings Insider James Ham will preview things from a Sacramento perspective. You can follow the conversation on Twitter as well with the hashtag #NBAtipoffNBC.
Here's how you can watch NBC Sports' NBA Season Tip-Off Show online and on the MyTeams app.