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2015-16 NBA Regular Season TV Schedule on ESPN and ABC

ABC and ESPN — in their 14th consecutive season of NBA coverage — combine to televise 90 games during the 2015-16 NBA regular-season, all of which are either exclusive or full-national telecasts.

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Beginning January 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN on ABC will launch its new, prime-time franchise, NBA Saturday Night on ABC, with a blockbuster matchup – the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs. the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose. The eight-game NBA Saturday Night on ABC franchise will feature star-studded, marquee games with multiple appearances by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. All games are also available on ESPN Deportes.

ABC/ESPN’s 2015-16 NBA Regular Season Schedule

(All Times Eastern; Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Net
Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:00 PM San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
10:30 PM Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:00 PM Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
9:30 PM Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets ESPN
Wed Nov 4, 2015 8:00 PM New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
10:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors ESPN
Fri Nov 6, 2015 8:00 PM Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers ESPN
10:30 PM Houston Rockets @ Sacramento Kings ESPN
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks ESPN
10:30 PM San Antonio Spurs @ Trail Blazers ESPN
Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:00 PM New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
10:30 PM Chicago Bulls @ Phoenix Suns ESPN
Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:00 PM San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Pelicans ESPN
10:30 PM Chicago Bulls @ Golden State Warriors ESPN
Fri Dec 4, 2015 7:00 PM Brooklyn Nets @ New York Knicks ESPN
9:30 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ New Orleans Pelicans ESPN
Wed Dec 9, 2015 7:00 PM Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics ESPN
9:30 PM Atlanta Hawks @ Dallas Mavericks ESPN
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:00 PM Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers ESPN
9:30 PM Los Angeles Lakers @ San Antonio Spurs ESPN
Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:00 PM Memphis Grizzlies @ Chicago Bulls ESPN
10:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks @ Los Angeles Clippers ESPN
Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers @ San Antonio Spurs ESPN
10:30 PM New Orleans Pelicans @ Phoenix Suns ESPN
Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:00 PM New Orleans Pelicans @ Miami Heat ESPN
2:30 PM Chicago Bulls @ Oklahoma City Thunder ABC
5:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors ABC
8:00 PM San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets ESPN
10:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Wed Jan 6, 2016 7:00 PM New York Knicks @ Miami Heat ESPN
9:30 PM Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
Fri Jan 8, 2016 8:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ Minnesota Timberwolves ESPN
10:30 PM Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:00 PM Indiana Pacers @ Boston Celtics ESPN
10:30 PM Miami Heat @ Los Angeles Clippers ESPN
Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:00 PM Minnesota Timberwolves @ Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
9:30 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ Houston Rockets ESPN
Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:30 PM New Orleans Pelicans @ Memphis Grizzlies ESPN
Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:00 PM Golden State Warriors @ Chicago Bulls ESPN
10:30 PM Atlanta Hawks @ Portland Trail Blazers ESPN
Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:00 PM Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors ESPN
10:30 PM Indiana Pacers @ Golden State Warriors ESPN
Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:30 PM Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers ABC
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:00 PM Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs ESPN
10:30 PM Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors ESPN
Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:30 PM San Antonio Spurs @ Cleveland Cavaliers ABC
Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:30 PM Chicago Bulls @ Los Angeles Clippers ABC
Wed Feb 3, 2016 8:00 PM Golden State Warriors @ Washington Wizards ESPN
10:30 PM Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Clippers ESPN
Fri Feb 5, 2016 7:00 PM Indiana Pacers @ Atlanta Hawks ESPN
9:30 PM San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks ESPN
Sat Feb 6, 2016 9:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors ESPN
Sun Feb 7, 2016 2:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers @ Miami Heat ABC
Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers @ Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
10:30 PM Houston Rockets @ Portland Trail Blazers ESPN
Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:00 PM Indiana Pacers @ Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
10:30 PM Boston Celtics @ Utah Jazz ESPN
Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:30 PM Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Clippers ABC
Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:30 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ Oklahoma City Thunder ABC
8:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers @ Chicago Bulls ESPN
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:00 PM Washington Wizards @ Chicago Bulls ESPN
10:30 PM San Antonio Spurs @ Sacramento Kings ESPN
Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:00 PM Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks ESPN
10:30 PM Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:30 PM Golden State Warriors @ Oklahoma City Thunder ABC
Wed Mar 2, 2016 8:00 PM New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets ESPN
10:30 PM Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Clippers ESPN
Fri Mar 4, 2016 8:00 PM Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
10:30 PM Atlanta Hawks @ Los Angeles Lakers ESPN
Sat Mar 5, 2016 8:30 PM Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls ABC
Sun Mar 6, 2016 3:30 PM Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Lakers ABC
Wed Mar 9, 2016 7:00 PM Miami Heat @ Milwaukee Bucks ESPN
9:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers @ Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN
Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:30 PM Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs ABC
Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:30 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ Los Angeles Clippers ABC
Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:00 PM Memphis Grizzlies @ Houston Rockets ESPN
10:30 PM New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors ESPN
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder @ Boston Celtics ESPN
9:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers @ Houston Rockets ESPN
Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:30 PM Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs ABC
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:00 PM Milwaukee Bucks @ Cleveland Cavaliers ESPN
10:30 PM Milwaukee Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers ESPN
Fri Apr 1, 2016 8:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ Atlanta Hawks ESPN
10:30 PM Boston Celtics @ Golden State Warriors ESPN
Sun Apr 3, 2016 3:30 PM Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets ABC
Wed Apr 6, 2016 7:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers ESPN
9:30 PM Houston Rockets @ Dallas Mavericks ESPN
Sat Apr 9, 2016 8:30 PM Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls ABC
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:00 PM Orlando Magic @ Charlotte Hornets ESPN
10:30 PM Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Lakers ESPN

NBA Christmas Day on ABC, ESPN

The NBA on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, will air across ABC and ESPN.  This year’s five-game slate, featuring 13 hours of continuous coverage, is highlighted by the much-anticipated NBA Finals rematch – the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry host the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James – at 5 p.m. exclusively on ABC. The ABC doubleheader will start at 2:30 p.m. with the Oklahoma City Thunder – led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – hosting the Chicago Bulls – led by Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. NBA Countdown will precede the doubleheader on ABC at 2 p.m.

The Christmas Day schedule will begin on ESPN at 12 p.m. (noon) when the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade host the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis. ESPN will then televise a prime-time doubleheader featuring two rivalry contests. At 8 p.m., the Houston Rockets and James Harden will host the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan. At 10:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant square off with the cross-town rivals Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul. All Christmas Day games are also available on ESPN Deportes.

ESPN’s season-opening coverage

ESPN tips off its 2015-16 NBA regular-season coverage with a star-studded opening week of marquee matchups, beginning with a doubleheader Wednesday, Oct. 28. First, the Oklahoma City Thunder – led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – will host the San Antonio Spurs – led by Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge – at 8 p.m. The nightcap highlights the top two 2015 NBA Draft picks – the Minnesota Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns vs. the Los Angeles Lakers and D’Angelo Russell – at 10:30 p.m. NBA Countdown will precede the doubleheader at 7 p.m.

Coverage continues on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. when the Miami Heat visit the Cleveland Cavaliers as LeBron James faces his former team, led by Dwyane Wade, in Cleveland’s home-opener. At 9:30 p.m., the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry visit the Houston Rockets and James Harden in a Western Conference Finals rematch.

NBA on ABC highlights

  • Six appearances by the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James (16 total across ABC and ESPN);
  • Five appearances each by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and reigning 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry, the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose (against Cleveland on debut of NBA Saturday Night on ABC), and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant;
  • Defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors run through the Western Conference gauntlet on NBA Saturday Night on ABC: at Los Angeles Clippers Feb. 20, at Oklahoma City Thunder Feb. 27 and at San Antonio Spurs Mar. 19;
  • Multiple appearances each by the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan, the Houston Rockets and James Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul;
  • Eastern Conference showdown book-ends NBA Saturday Night on ABC schedule – Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs. Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, Sat, Jan. 23 and Sat, Apr. 9;
  • Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant on NBA Sunday Showcase, Feb. 21;
  • LeBron James reignites rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 30 edition of NBA Saturday Night on ABC.

NBA on ESPN highlights

  • 10 appearances each by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, the Houston Rockets and James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul, and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant;
  • Nine appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant and the San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge (including Wed, Oct. 28 – ESPN’s opening night);
  • Eight appearances each by the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis, and the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade;
  • ESPN’s first night of NBA coverage highlighted by top two 2015 NBA Draft picks head-to-head: Minnesota Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns visit the Los Angeles Lakers and D’Angelo Russell;
  • Los Angeles Clippers and DeAndre Jordan visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wed, Nov. 11;
  • Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James host the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade Fri, Oct. 30, as James faces his former teammate Wade during ESPN’s opening week of coverage;
  • Special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day telecast, Mon, Jan. 18 – New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies;
  • Several cross-town and intrastate rivalry games: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors on Wed, Nov. 4; Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks on Fri, Dec. 4; San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets on Christmas Day; Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day;  Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs on Wed, Jan. 27; San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks on Fri, Feb. 5; Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks on Wed, Apr. 6;
  • LeBron/Cavaliers vs. Kobe/Lakers on Wed, Feb. 10.

In addition to the 90-game regular-season, ABC and ESPN will combine to televise up to 44 NBA Playoffs games, finishing with the exclusive presentation of the 2016 NBA Finals on ABC and including ESPN’s exclusive Eastern Conference Finals coverage. In addition, the NBA Countdown pre-game show will generally preview ABC and ESPN games or doubleheaders 30 minutes prior to game time.

All ESPN games will also be available on WatchESPN. ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes will also have NBA game coverage throughout the season.




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