NBA on ESPN

NBA on ESPN

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.)

DateGame
Jan. 20Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Jan. 27Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
Feb. 3Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 10San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors
Feb. 24Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors
Mar. 3Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets
Mar. 10San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
Apr. 7Oklahoma 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 Countdownpreceding the game. The full schedule is below:

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

DateGame
Feb. 4Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder (2 p.m.)
Feb. 11Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
Feb. 25San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Mar. 11Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Apr. 1Houston 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)TelecastNetwork(s)
12 p.m. (Noon)Philadelphia 76ers at New York KnicksESPN
3 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsABC
5:30 p.m.Washington Wizards at Boston CelticsABC
8 p.m.Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City ThunderABC

 

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:

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Wed, Oct. 187 p.m.Philadelphia 76ers at Washington WizardsESPN
9:30 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio SpursESPN
Fri, Oct. 207 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee BucksESPN
9:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at New Orleans PelicansESPN
Wed, Oct. 258 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Miami HeatESPN
10:30 p.m.Washington Wizards at Los Angeles LakersESPN
Wed, Nov. 18 p.m.Houston Rockets at New York KnicksESPN
10:30 p.m.Dallas Mavericks at L.A. ClippersESPN
Fri, Nov. 37 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington WizardsESPN
9:30 p.m.Boston Celtics at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN
Wed, Nov. 88 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Boston CelticsESPN
10:30 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State WarriorsESPN
Fri, Nov. 109 p.m.Milwaukee Bucks at San Antonio SpursESPN
Wed, Nov. 158 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte HornetsESPN
10:30 p.m.Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles LakersESPN
Fri, Nov. 178 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio SpursESPN
10:30 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at Denver NuggetsESPN
Wed, Nov. 228 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN
10:30 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento KingsESPN
Tue, Nov. 2810 p.m.Denver Nuggets at Utah JazzESPN
Wed, Dec. 68 p.m.*Golden State Warriors at Charlotte HornetsESPN
10:30 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at L.A. ClippersESPN
Fri, Dec. 87 p.m.*Golden State Warriors at Detroit PistonsESPN
9:30 p.m.Boston Celtics at San Antonio SpursESPN
Tue, Dec. 127 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at New York KnicksESPN
9:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Dallas MavericksESPN
Wed, Dec. 137 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana PacersESPN
9:30 p.m.Charlotte Hornets at Houston RocketsESPN
Fri, Dec. 157 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ersESPN
9:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Houston RocketsESPN
Fri, Dec. 228 p.m.L.A. Clippers at Houston RocketsESPN
10:30 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State WarriorsESPN
Mon, Dec. 2512 p.m. (Noon)Philadelphia 76ers at New York KnicksESPN
3 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsABC
5:30 p.m.Washington Wizards at Boston CelticsABC
8 p.m.Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City ThunderABC
Wed, Jan. 38 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston CelticsESPN
10:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles LakersESPN
Fri, Jan. 57 p.m.New York Knicks at Miami HeatESPN
9:30 p.m.Washington Wizards at Memphis GrizzliesESPN
Wed, Jan. 108 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota TimberwolvesESPN
10:30 p.m.L.A. Clippers at Golden State WarriorsESPN
Fri, Jan. 128 p.m.*Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee BucksESPN
10:30 p.m.Houston Rockets at Phoenix SunsESPN
Sun, Jan. 149 p.m.Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota TimberwolvesESPN
Wed, Jan. 178 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN
10:30 p.m.Denver Nuggets at L.A. ClippersESPN
Fri, Jan. 198 p.m.Washington Wizards at Detroit PistonsESPN
10:30 p.m.New York Knicks at Utah JazzESPN
Sat, Jan. 203:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland CavaliersABC
8:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Houston RocketsABC
Wed, Jan. 248 p.m.Houston Rockets at Dallas MavericksESPN
10:30 p.m.Boston Celtics at L.A. ClippersESPN
Fri, Jan. 268 p.m.Houston Rockets at New Orleans PelicansESPN
Sat, Jan. 278:30 p.m.Boston Celtics at Golden State WarriorsABC
Sun, Jan. 286 p.m.Philadelphia 76ers at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN
Wed, Jan. 318 p.m.New York Knicks at Boston CelticsESPN
10:30 p.m.Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix SunsESPN
Fri, Feb. 28 p.m.Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ersESPN
10:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Sacramento KingsESPN
Sat, Feb. 38:30 p.m.Houston Rockets at Cleveland CavaliersABC
Sun, Feb. 42 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City ThunderABC
Wed, Feb. 78 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland CavaliersESPN
10:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix SunsESPN
Fri, Feb. 98 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at Chicago BullsESPN
10:30 p.m.Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento KingsESPN
Sat, Feb. 108:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsABC
Sun, Feb. 113:30 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston CelticsABC
Wed, Feb. 148 p.m.L.A. Clippers at Boston CelticsESPN
10:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail BlazersESPN
Fri, Feb. 238 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston RocketsESPN
10:30 p.m.Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles LakersESPN
Sat, Feb. 248:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State WarriorsABC
Sun, Feb. 253:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland CavaliersABC
8 p.m.Philadelphia 76ers at Washington WizardsESPN
Wed, Feb. 288 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Washington WizardsESPN
10:30 p.m.Houston Rockets at L.A. ClippersESPN
Fri, Mar. 28 p.m.Toronto Raptors at Washington WizardsESPN
10:30 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah JazzESPN
Sat, Mar. 38:30 p.m.Boston Celtics at Houston RocketsABC
Sun, Mar. 48 p.m.Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee BucksESPN
Wed, Mar. 78 p.m.Toronto Raptors at Detroit PistonsESPN
10:30 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver NuggetsESPN
Sat, Mar. 108:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City ThunderABC
Sun, Mar. 113:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Minnesota TimberwolvesABC
9 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles LakersESPN
Mon, Mar. 128 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Houston RocketsESPN
10:30 p.m.Miami Heat at Portland Trail BlazersESPN
Wed, Mar. 148 p.m.Washington Wizards at Boston CelticsESPN
10:30 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State WarriorsESPN
Mon, Mar. 197 p.m.Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland CavaliersESPN
9:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at San Antonio SpursESPN
Wed, Mar. 217 p.m.Toronto Raptors at Cleveland CavaliersESPN
9:30 p.m.Washington Wizards at San Antonio SpursESPN
Wed, Mar. 289:30 p.m.Boston Celtics at Utah JazzESPN
Fri, Mar. 308 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at Cleveland CavaliersESPN
10:30 p.m.L.A. Clippers at Portland Trail BlazersESPN
Sun, Apr. 13:30 p.m.Houston Rockets at San Antonio SpursABC
Wed, Apr. 47 p.m.Boston Celtics at Toronto RaptorsESPN
9:30 p.m.Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans PelicansESPN
Sat, Apr. 78:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston RocketsABC
Mon, Apr. 910 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at L.A. ClippersESPN
Wed, Apr. 118 p.m.Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ersESPN
10:30 p.m.Utah Jazz at Portland Trail BlazersESPN

*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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