The release of the new season’s NBA slate of televised games will see ABC and ESPN combine for 90 national telecasts during the regular season, starting Oct. 29 for a doubleheader pitting the Bull/Knicks at 8p and Thunder/Trail Blazers at 10:30p. ABC and ESPN will combine to televise three games on Christmas Day starting a noon on ESPN with the Wizards/Knicks. ABC then offers a doubleheader at 2:30p starting with Thunder/Spurs and followed by Cavaliers/Heat. Overall, ABC showcases 15 exclusive, national broadcasts and seven doubleheaders, while ESPN delivers 75 national telecasts and 34 doubleheaders.
On TNT, the network is on deck for 53 NBA regular season games including 10 appearances on TNT by the Cavaliers and Bulls, nine appearances by the Clippers, Lakers, Thunder and Warriors, seven appearances by the Spurs and six appearances by the Knicks, Rockets, Trail Blazers and Suns. The network will open the season with an Oct. 28 tip off between the Mavericks/Spurs at 8p, followed by the Rockets/Lakers at 10:30p. The network will also showcase a Christmas Day doubleheader with the Lakers/Bulls at 8p, followed by Warriors/Clippers at 10:30p. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day programming on Jan. 19 features the Cavaliers/Bulls at 8p and Lakers/Suns at 10:30p.
NBA TV’s slate of games this season will see 97 contests in the spotlight, opening with the Bulls/Timberwolves at 8p and Lakers/Warriors at 10:30p. Additionally, the network’s NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint will return for its sixth consecutive season with its first of 16 games on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Special programming on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day includes the Mavericks/Grizzlies at 5p.