NBA unveils full 2018-19 season schedule
NBA.com Global on Aug 11, 2018 06:57 AM
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NBA press release
NEW YORK - The NBA today released its complete game schedule and broadcast schedules for ABC, TNT,ESPN, NBA TV and ESPN Radio for the 2018-19 regular season. The league’s 73rd regular season will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 (Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, PHL time), and conclude on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (Thursday, April 11, 2019, PHL time).
As part of the 2018-19 schedule, the number of times when teams play games on back-to-back days will be an all-time low for the fourth consecutive season. The team average is 13.3 back-to-backs this season, down 31 percent since the 2014-15 season (19.3 per team). For the second season in a row, no team is scheduled to play a stretch with four games in five days. In addition, instances when teams play five games in seven days (0.7 per team) has been reduced by 42 percent from last season (1.2 per team) and 77 percent from the 2016-17 season (3.0 per team).
Also in 2018-19, the NBA will again label its schedule by week to enhance the ability of fans to follow the 1,230-game regular season. Starting with Week 1 and ending with Week 26, the weekly structure will help reinforce awareness of upcoming games and communicate key storylines. Each week will run Monday through Sunday.
The NBA previously announced its national television schedule for Week 1 of the 2018-19 regular season as well as its lineup of five Christmas Day games on ESPN networks and three Martin Luther King Jr. Day games on TNT. The season will begin on Oct. 16 (Oct. 17, PHL time) with a doubleheader on TNT featuring the Philadelphia 76ers visiting the Boston Celtics and the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 2018-19 season will feature 42 games on Saturdays and Sundays during primetime for fans in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This marks the most primetime games for fans in these regions and the fifth consecutive season with at least 20 such games.
The schedule also includes five consecutive Sunday games from March 10 to April 7 that will air in primetime in India. This marks the second straight year that five games will be televised in primetime in India.
NBA programming and games are seen in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages.
NBA.com and the NBA App will provide day-by-day and team-by-team schedules as well as regular-season telecast schedules of the league’s domestic broadcast partners.
The full schedule can be seen here.