The full NBA schedule was released today. The league has improved on a number of scheduling issues, including back-to-backs and once again, no team will play four games in five days.
The league put out a release about some of the biggest aspects of the upcoming schedule:
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, and conclude on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
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).
As usual, there is a pretty big disparity in the number of nationally televised games for teams. If you’re interested in seeing LeBron James on the Lakers, you will likely have the chance in more than half of the team’s games, assuming you have cable.
Adding up ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBATV games, 43 Lakers games will be available to most fans. From USA Today‘s Sam Amick:
The national television standings from the full NBA sked (ABC/ESPN, TNT, NBA TV)…
1: Lakers (43)
2. Golden State (40)
t3. Boston, Houston, Philly (39)
4. OKC (36)
No other teams are in the 30s (sidenote: San Antonio has 25)
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 10, 2018
The NBA had previously announced season openers, some key match-ups, and Christmas Day games.
Some of the most interesting dates that we learned today:
Nov. 15, 2018: Warriors at Houston
A rematch of last season’s seven-game Western Conference Finals.
Dec. 13-15, 2018: NBA in Mexico
The Orlando Magic play the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz over three nights in Mexico City.
Jan. 3, 2019: Raptors at Spurs
Kawhi Leonard’s first game back in San Antonio.
Jan. 17, 2019: NBA in London
Knicks vs. Wizards at the O2 Arena.
Feb. 22, 2019: Spurs at Raptors
The return game, and DeMar DeRozan’s return after a bitter end to his long Raptors tenure.
Mar. 9, 2019: Lakers at Celtics
The rivalry heads to Boston, and now we have LeBron vs. Kyrie.