The NBA schedule got networks off and running on the programming plans for the new season with ESPN/ABC, TNT and NBA TV all revealing coverage details. TNT tips off the 2015-16 season on Oct. 27 with a doubleheader pitting Cavaliers/Bulls at 8p, followed by the Pelicans/Warriors at 10:30p. Overall, the network features a 53-game slate that includes 10 appearances by the Warriors, Bulls and Clippers, along with 18 Thursday night NBA doubleheaders during the regular season. In addition, the channel offers a primetime doubleheader on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 18, along with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 12, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 13, and the 65th NBA All-Star Game from on Feb. 14. All TNT games can be found here.
ABC and ESPN will combine to televise 90 regular season games between them this season, including the new NBA Saturday Night on ABC, which launches January 23 at 8:30p with the Cavaliers/Bulls. Programming tips off on Oct. 28 with a doubleheader pitting the Spurs/Thunder at 8p, followed by the Timberwolves/Lakers at 10:30p. The annual Christmas Day slate launches on ESPN at noon with the Pelicans/Heat, followed by Bulls/Thunder and Cavaliers/Warriors on ABC and wrapping up with Spurs/Rockets at 8p and Clippers/Lakers at 10:30p on ESPN again. Click here for the full slate.
Finally, NBA TV is set to offer fans nine appearances by the Warriors, Cavaliers and Spurs this season, with live game coverage beginning Oct. 31 with Warriors/Pelicans and Kings/Clippers battles. NBA TV’s regular season coverage will also feature special programming on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that includes the Magic/Hawks. Overall, the network will feature 31 doubleheaders this season, an all-time high for the channel, as well as one tripleheader. For the season’s lineup, click here.