ESPN & ABC’s Blockbuster 2019-20 NBA Regular Season Schedule


  • The NBA Christmas Day tradition continues on ESPN and ABC with 5 games across Both Networks Including Prime-time LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game
  • NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC returns on Jan. 18 with special doubleheader featuring LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. James Harden and the Houston Rockets
  • NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC returns on Super Bowl Sunday as James Harden and the Rockets host Zion Williamson and the Pelicans
  • Special Thanksgiving Eve Doubleheader: Kyrie Irving returns to Boston as the Nets visit the Celtics, followed by Anthony Davis’ return to New Orleans with the Lakers and the first matchup between LeBron James and Zion Williamson
  • Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers to appear 15 times or more

ESPN and ABC will combine to televise 101 2019-20 NBA regular season games, beginning with a primetime doubleheader on ESPN, Wednesday, October 23. ESPN is set to telecast 83 games, including a special Thanksgiving Eve blockbuster doubleheader with Kyrie Irving returning to Boston and Anthony Davis returning to New Orleans, and 18 games on ABC, highlighted by NBA Christmas Day and NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC. In addition to the regular season, ESPN will televise five NBA preseason games and ESPN and ABC will combine to televise up to 44 NBA Playoffs telecasts, culminating with exclusive coverage of the 2020 NBA Finals. This season, ESPN will exclusively televise the Eastern Conference Finals. All ESPN and ABC NBA telecasts are available via the ESPN App.

ESPN’s opening week features two doubleheaders beginning Wednesday, October 23. Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics visit Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Semifinals when Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers host Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets in the nightcap. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers host Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in the Lakers’ home opener on Friday at 10:30 p.m., preceded by Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans’ home opener at 8 p.m. when they host Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks.

Opening week

Date Time (ET) Telecast Platform
Wed, Oct. 23 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers ESPN, ESPN App
10 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers ESPN, ESPN App
Fri, Oct 25 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans ESPN, ESPN App
10:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN, ESPN App

 

The ESPN and ABC NBA Christmas Day tradition enters its 18th year on Wednesday, December 25, with approximately 14 consecutive hours of NBA coverage, beginning at 11a.m. with NBA Countdown featuring a five-game slate. The primetime matchup will feature the highly-anticipated LA showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers, with duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and the LA Clippers, with the duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The game airs at 8 p.m. on both ABC and ESPN.

ESPN will broadcast two additional Christmas Day games including the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors versus the Boston Celtics at noon, and the New Orleans Pelicans versus the Denver Nuggets at 10:30 p.m. in Zion Williamson’s first Christmas appearance. ABC will also broadcast two additional games as reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visit Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by a playoff rematch between Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors and the new-look Houston Rockets, featuring James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Christmas Day

Time (ET) Telecast Platform
12 p.m. Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors ESPN, ESPN App
2:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers ABC, ESPN App
5 p.m. Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors ABC, ESPN App
8 p.m. LA Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN, ABC, ESPN App
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets ESPN, ESPN App

The NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC series will return for its fifth season with a slate filled with the league’s best teams and most compelling matchups. NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC begins January 18 with a special doubleheader, first with the LA Clippers and Kawhi Leonard visiting the New Orleans Pelicans and Zion Williamson followed by the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Houston Rockets. NBA Countdown will air on ABC at 8 p.m. and lead into each game.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC

Date Time (ET) Game
Jan 18 3:30 p.m.* LA Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans
8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets
Jan 25 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers
Feb 1 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
Feb 8 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors
Feb 22 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks
Feb 29 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Boston Celtics
Mar 7 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors
Mar 14 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks
Apr 11 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at LA Clippers

*special matinee broadcast

The NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC series returns on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, with a special 2 p.m. start time with a matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets. NBA Sunday Showcase will air at its normal 3:30 p.m. start time beginning Feb. 23, with NBA Countdown tipping off coverage at 3 p.m.

NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC

Date Time (ET) Game
Feb 2 2 p.m.* New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets
Feb 23 3:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers
Mar 1 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at LA Clippers
Mar 8 3:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at LA Clippers
Mar 15 3:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers
Apr 5 3:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics

*special start time on Super Bowl Sunday

NBA on ABC highlights:

  • At least 5 appearances each from the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers
  • NBA Christmas Day highlighted by the LA Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers, preceded by two-time playoff rematch between Houston and Golden State
  • NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC begins on January 18th with 3:30 p.m. LA Clippers at New Orleans matinee followed by the Lakers vs Rockets at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James visit the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry on Saturday, February 8, leading into All-Star Weekend
  • ABC’s second “Battle for LA” takes place on Sunday, March 8 as the Lakers face the Clippers
  • NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC concludes with the elite matchup when the LA Clippers host the Golden State Warriors

NBA on ESPN highlights:

  • 13 appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors led by Steph Curry
  • At least 10 appearances each by the LA Clippers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz
  • Los Angeles Lakers’ home opener vs. the Utah Jazz on Friday, October 25
  • November 13 doubleheader featuring LA Clippers at Houston Rockets at 7:30 p.m. and Warriors vs. Lakers at 10 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Eve “Homecoming” doubleheader, November 27: Kyrie Irving returns to Boston as the Nets visit the Celtics, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans; capturing Anthony Davis’ return to New Orleans and the first time LeBron and Zion face off
  • Kawhi Leonard returns to Toronto with the Clippers on December 11 after leading the Raptors to their first championship
  • Jimmy Butler faces his former team on December 18 when the Miami Heat visit the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Former Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barret compete against each other for the first time at Madison Square Garden on January 10 when the Knicks host the Pelicans
  • D’Angelo Russell returns to Brooklyn for the first time on February 5 after being acquired by Golden State in the offseason
  • 2019 NBA Finals rematch on March 16 when Golden State visits Toronto

NBA on ESPN schedule

Date Time (ET) Game
Wed, Oct 23 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, Oct 25 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans
10:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Oct 30 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics
10 p.m. LA Clippers at Utah Jazz
Fri, Nov 1 7 p.m. Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets
9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
Wed, Nov 6 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
10 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at LA Clippers
Fri, Nov 8 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavilers at Washington Wizards
Wed, Nov 13 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Houston Rockets
10 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers
Fri, Nov 15 8 p.m. Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies
10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Nov 20 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks
10 p.m. Boston Celtics at LA Clippers
Fri, Nov 22 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at LA Clippers
Wed, Nov 27 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans
Fri, Dec 6 8 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers
Wed, Dec 11 7 p.m. LA Clippers at Toronto Raptors
9:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks
Fri, Dec 13 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
Wed, Dec 18 7:30 p.m. Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, Dec 20 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Dec 25 12 p.m. Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors
8 p.m. LA Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets
Fri, Jan 3 8 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Jan 8 7:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks
10 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Jan 10 8 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at LA Clippers
Wed, Jan 15 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
9:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets
Fri, Jan 17 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers
9:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks
Wed, Jan 22 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
10 p.m. Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Jan 24 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves
Sun, Jan 26 6 p.m. Boston Celtics at New Orleans Pelicans
Wed, Jan 29 7:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets
10 p.m. Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, Jan 31 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Feb 5 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Brooklyn Nets
10 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz
Fri, Feb 7 8 p.m. Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz
Wed, Feb 12 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers
10 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets
Fri, Feb 21 8 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers
Wed, Feb 26 7:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs
10 p.m. Boston Celtics at Utah Jazz
Fri, Feb 28 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at LA Clippers
Sun, Mar 1 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans
Wed, Mar 4 7 p.m. Orlando Magic at Miami Heat
9:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks
Fri, Mar 6 8 p.m. Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Mar 11 7:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings
Sun, Mar 15 9 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers
Mon, Mar 16 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at LA Clippers
Wed, Mar 18 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers
10 p.m. Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Mar 25 7 p.m. LA Clippers at Brooklyn Nets
9:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks
Fri, Apr 1 9 p.m. Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks
Wed, Apr 8 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics
9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets
Wed, Apr 15 7:30 p.m. TBD*
10 p.m. TBD*

*The matchups for the season finale will be determined later in the season.

Preseason

Date Time (ET) Telecast Platform
Tue, Oct 8 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at Bok Center in Tulsa ESPN, ESPN App
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers at Memorial Coliseum ESPN, ESPN App
Wed, Oct 9 8 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls ESPN, ESPN App
Wed, Oct 16 8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks ESPN, ESPN App
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN, ESPN App

In addition to its 101-game regular season schedule and NBA CountdownESPN’s The Jump will air at 3 p.m. daily with host Rachel Nichols, featuring a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and guests on ESPN and the ESPN AppESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes will have extensive game coverage throughout the season. All games will be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+. ESPN also carries Hoop Streams – its innovative digital show – hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth preceding marquee games during the regular season, NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals.

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