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ESPN & ABC Combine for Biggest NBA Regular-Season Schedule Ever: 104 Games

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ESPN and ABC, in its 16th consecutive season of NBA coverage, will combine to deliver its biggest NBA regular-season schedule ever, featuring 104 nationally televised games during the 2017-18 season. The schedule will include 87 games on ESPN, generally tied to prime-time doubleheaders on Wednesday and Friday nights, plus 17 games on ABC, highlighted by the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and the NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC franchises. In the heart of the NBA season, ESPN and ABC will combine to nationally televise six NBA games per week across four days per week. All games are also streamed live on the ESPN App.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC will return for its third season, starting Jan. 20. All NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC broadcasts air at 8:30 p.m. ET and are preceded by 30-minute editions of NBA Countdown at 8 p.m. The series will tip off with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant visiting the Houston Rockets and James Harden. The series will include several appearances by the Warriors as they face marquee opponents such as the Boston Celtics, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs. Here is the full schedule:

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC – (8:30 p.m.)

Date Game
Jan. 20 Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Jan. 27 Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
Feb. 3 Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 10 San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors
Feb. 24 Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors
Mar. 3 Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets
Mar. 10 San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
Apr. 7 Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets

The NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC will return on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, when the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook host the Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball, who will be making his first ABC appearance. The schedule includes an Eastern Conference showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics on Feb. 11. The NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC generally airs at 3:30 p.m. ET with 30-minute editions of NBA Countdown preceding the game. The full schedule is below:

NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC – (Generally at 3:30 p.m.)

Date Game
Feb. 4 Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder (2 p.m.)
Feb. 11 Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
Feb. 25 San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Mar. 11 Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Apr. 1 Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs

Additional NBA on ABC highlights:

  • First-ever Christmas Day triple-header highlighted by a rematch of the most-watched NBA Finals in ABC history: Golden State Warriors host Cleveland Cavaliers;
  • Significant two-game slate on Jan. 20, as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Oklahoma City Thunder at a special start time of 3:30 p.m., followed by the Golden State Warriors as they visit the Houston Rockets on the debut episode of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC;
  • Six appearances each by the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder;
  • Five appearances by the Cleveland Cavaliers, plus four appearances each by the Boston Celtics and the San Antonio Spurs;
  • NBA’s most popular stars and top players take center stage throughout the season, including regular appearances by LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Isaiah Thomas, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Paul George, and many more.

ESPN & ABC NBA Christmas schedule:

Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
12 p.m. (Noon) Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks ESPN
3 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors ABC
5:30 p.m. Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics ABC
8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder ABC

For more details on ESPN’s previously announced Christmas and season-opening schedules, please visit ESPN Media Zone.

ESPN’s 87-game regular-season schedule opens on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with a prime-time doubleheader as the Philadelphia 76ers and top NBA Draft pick Markelle Fultz visit the Washington Wizards and John Wall at 7 p.m. In the nightcap, the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler. Here are more ESPN highlights, followed by the full 87-game ESPN schedule:

Additional NBA on ESPN highlights:

  • Four-game season-opening schedule featuring two prime-time doubleheaders Wednesday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 20;
  • First Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers game of the season at the TD Garden (Nov. 8);
  • Top two 2017 NBA Draft picks square off Nov. 15 – Philadelphia 76ers and Markelle Fultz at Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball;
  • Thanksgiving eve showdown between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Nov. 22);
  • Noon ET Christmas telecast from Madison Square Garden as the New York Knicks host the Philadelphia 76ers;
  • 13 appearances by the Golden State Warriors, plus 11 appearances each by the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers;
  • 10 appearances each by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, L.A. Clippers and the Washington Wizards;
  • Nine appearances each by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers;
  • Two Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers telecasts (Jan. 3, Jan. 17);
  • LeBron James’ and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball on Selection Sunday, March 11;
  • Stars returning to face former teams: Jimmy Butler back to Chicago (Feb. 9), Paul George back to Indianapolis (Dec. 13), Gordon Hayward back to Utah (March 28);
  • NBA’s most popular stars and top players take center stage throughout the season, including regular appearances by LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard, Isaiah Thomas, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Paul George, and many more.

Full ESPN and ABC schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Wed, Oct. 18 7 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards ESPN
9:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs ESPN
Fri, Oct. 20 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks ESPN
9:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans ESPN
Wed, Oct. 25 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat ESPN
10:30 p.m. Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Wed, Nov. 1 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at New York Knicks ESPN
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at L.A. Clippers ESPN
Fri, Nov. 3 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards ESPN
9:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
Wed, Nov. 8 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics ESPN
10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors ESPN
Fri, Nov. 10 9 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at San Antonio Spurs ESPN
Wed, Nov. 15 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets ESPN
10:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Fri, Nov. 17 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs ESPN
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets ESPN
Wed, Nov. 22 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings ESPN
Tue, Nov. 28 10 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz ESPN
Wed, Dec. 6 8 p.m. *Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets ESPN
10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at L.A. Clippers ESPN
Fri, Dec. 8 7 p.m. *Golden State Warriors at Detroit Pistons ESPN
9:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs ESPN
Tue, Dec. 12 7 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks ESPN
9:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Minnesota Timberwolves ESPN
Wed, Dec. 13 7 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers ESPN
9:30 p.m. Charlotte Hornets at Houston Rockets ESPN
Fri, Dec. 15 7 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers ESPN
9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets ESPN
Fri, Dec. 22 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Houston Rockets ESPN
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors ESPN
Mon, Dec. 25 12 p.m. (Noon) Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks ESPN
3 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors ABC
5:30 p.m. Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics ABC
8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder ABC
Wed, Jan. 3 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics ESPN
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Fri, Jan. 5 7 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Boston Celtics ESPN
9:30 p.m. Washington Wizards at Memphis Grizzlies ESPN
Wed, Jan. 10 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves ESPN
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State Warriors ESPN
Fri, Jan. 12 8 p.m. *Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks ESPN
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns ESPN
Sun, Jan. 14 9 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves ESPN
Wed, Jan. 17 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at L.A. Clippers ESPN
Fri, Jan. 19 8 p.m. Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons ESPN
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Utah Jazz ESPN
Sat, Jan. 20 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers ABC
8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets ABC
Wed, Jan. 24 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks ESPN
10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at L.A. Clippers ESPN
Fri, Jan. 26 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans ESPN
Sat, Jan. 27 8:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors ABC
Sun, Jan. 28 6 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
Wed, Jan. 31 8 p.m. New York Knicks at Boston Celtics ESPN
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns ESPN
Fri, Feb. 2 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers ESPN
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings ESPN
Sat, Feb. 3 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers ABC
Sun, Feb. 4 2 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder ABC
Wed, Feb. 7 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns ESPN
Fri, Feb. 9 7 p.m. LA Clippers at Detroit Pistons ESPN
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings ESPN
Sat, Feb. 10 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors ABC
Sun, Feb. 11 3:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics ABC
Wed, Feb. 14 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Boston Celtics ESPN
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers ESPN
Fri, Feb. 23 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets ESPN
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Sat, Feb. 24 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors ABC
Sun, Feb. 25 3:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers ABC
8 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards ESPN
Wed, Feb. 28 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards ESPN
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at L.A. Clippers ESPN
Fri, Mar. 2 8 p.m. Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards ESPN
10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz ESPN
Sat, Mar. 3 8:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets ABC
Sun, Mar. 4 8 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks ESPN
Wed, Mar. 7 8 p.m. Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons ESPN
10:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver Nuggets ESPN
Sat, Mar. 10 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder ABC
Sun, Mar. 11 3:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves ABC
9 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Mon, Mar. 12 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets ESPN
10:30 p.m. Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers ESPN
Wed, Mar. 14 8 p.m. Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics ESPN
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors ESPN
Mon, Mar. 19 7 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
9:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs ESPN
Wed, Mar. 21 7 p.m. Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
9:30 p.m. Washington Wizards at San Antonio Spurs ESPN
Wed, Mar. 28 9:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Utah Jazz ESPN
Fri, Mar. 30 8 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers ESPN
Sun, Apr. 1 3:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs ABC
Wed, Apr. 4 8 p.m. Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors ESPN
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Sat, Apr. 7 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets ABC
Mon, Apr. 9 10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at L.A. Clippers ESPN
Wed, Apr. 11 8 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers ESPN
10:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers ESPN

*Telecast subjection to local blackout restrictions

The NBA Countdown pre-game show will precede ESPN and ABC games and doubleheaders throughout the season, generally airing 60 minutes beforehand on ESPN and 30 minutes prior to tipoff on ABC. ESPN’s The Jump will continue to provide extensive, daily coverage throughout the 2017-18 NBA season and on a year-round basis, Mondays through Fridays.

ESPN Radio will air 25 games throughout the season, including Rockets-Warriors on opening night and two Christmas Day matchups in Cavaliers-Warriors and Wizards-Celtics.  It will also present events from NBA All-Star 2018 and broadcast the NBA Finals 2018. ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s Spanish-language U.S. sports network, will also present a full slate of regular-season games.

The 104-game slate leads into ESPN and ABC’s NBA Playoffs coverage, which includes up to 44 games, culminating with ABC’s exclusive coverage of the 2018 NBA Finals. ESPN will also exclusively televise the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.

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ESPN NBA contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected] (@Ben_ESPN);

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-3496 or [email protected] (Gianina_ESPN).