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NBA on TNT’s 2018-19 Regular Season Schedule to Feature 66 Games, Highlighted by NBA Opening Night on Tuesday, Oct. 16, MLK Jr. Day Tripleheader & Players Only Franchise Returning in January

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Opening Night Doubleheader to Showcase Defending NBA Champion Warriors vs. Thunder
& Eastern Conference Heavyweights – 76ers vs. Celtics – Tuesday, Oct. 16

TNT’s MLK Jr. Day Tripleheader (Jan. 21) to Include Warriors Visiting Lakers & LeBron James,
Star-Studded Rockets vs. 76ers & Pelicans with Anthony Davis vs. Grizzlies

Network’s Innovative Players Only Franchise – Former Professional Players in All Broadcast Roles –
Premieres Third Season on Tuesday, Jan. 29, with Pelicans vs. Rockets & 76ers vs. Lakers

Turner Sports, entering its 35th consecutive year of NBA coverage, will feature a 66-game schedule during the 2018-19 NBA regular season including a marquee Opening Night doubleheader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tripleheader and the return of Players Only telecasts on eight Tuesdays beginning in January.  The network will showcase the league’s biggest stars, including 13 appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James and the Houston Rockets, last season’s No. 1 seed in the Western Conference led by NBA MVP James Harden; 12 appearances by both the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics; 11 by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers; and eight by the Milwaukee Bucks.  TNT will televise doubleheaders on 21 Thursdays and 10 Tuesdays throughout the regular season.

TNT will officially tip off the 2018-19 NBA regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 16, with a premier doubleheader featuring three former Kia NBA Most Valuable Player award winners – the NBA Champion Warriors, with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, hosting the explosive Thunder with Russell Westbrook at 10:30 p.m. ET. Preceding the Thunder/Warriors matchup, TNT will showcase two Eastern Conference powers – the Celtics with Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum vs. the 76ers with Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid at 8 p.m.

TNT’s coverage of Autotrader Premiere Week will continue Thursday, Oct. 18, with a doubleheader featuring James’ highly-anticipated Lakers debut vs. the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard at 10:30 p.m.  The night’s first game will feature the 76ers and Simmons hosting the Chicago Bulls and off-season acquisition Jabari Parker at 8 p.m.

Additionally, an NBA on TNT tripleheader on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 21) will showcase the defending NBA Champion Warriors visiting the Lakers and James at 10:30 p.m.  MLK Day coverage will begin with the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis vs. the Memphis Grizzlies and Mike Conley at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Rockets and Chris Paul vs. the 76ers and Embiid at 8 p.m.

TNT’s innovative Players Only franchise – with former professional basketball players in all broadcast roles – will return for its third year starting Tuesday, Jan. 29, with all three of last season’s Kia NBA MVP finalists in action – the Rockets and Harden hosting the Pelicans and Davis at 8 p.m., followed by 76ers vs. Lakers and James at 10:30 p.m. TNT’s Players Only telecasts will regularly air on Tuesday nights from the series’ Jan. 29 debut through April 2.

Additional TNT regular season schedule highlights (full schedule listed below):

  • Seven pairs of teams will play each other twice on TNT

      Celtics/76ers (Oct. 16 & Feb. 12)
      Celtics/Bucks (Nov. 1 & Feb. 21)
      Rockets/Thunder (Nov. 8 & Apr. 9)
      Warriors/Rockets in a Western Conference Finals rematch (Nov. 15 & Jan. 3)
      Rockets/Lakers (Dec. 13 & Feb. 21)
      Warriors/Lakers (Jan. 21 & Apr. 4)
      Lakers/Thunder (Jan. 17 & Apr. 2)

  • The first TNT appearance for Kawhi Leonard with his new Toronto Raptors team – vs. Warriors – in the opening game of the Thursday, Nov. 29 doubleheader at 8 p.m.  The Sacramento Kings and No. 2 overall draft selection Marvin Bagley III will host the LA Clippers at 10:30 p.m.

  • A Western Conference doubleheader that will showcase the present and the future on Thursday, Dec. 13Rockets with Harden and Paul vs. Lakers with James and Brandon Ingram – at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a matchup of rookies selected in the top five of the NBA Draft – the Dallas Mavericks with international standout Luka Dončić vs. the Phoenix Suns and No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton – at 10:30 p.m.

  • An inter-conference doubleheader on Thursday, Dec. 27, beginning with two of last season’s conference finalists – the Celtics and Irving vs. the Rockets and Harden – meeting at 8 p.m., followed by the 76ers and Rookie of the Year Simmons vs. the Utah Jazz and Rookie of the Year finalist Donovan Mitchell at 10:30 p.m.

  • A pair of All-Stars that were traded for each other will meet for the first time when the Raptors and Leonard visit the Spurs and DeMar DeRozan on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m.  A Western Conference Finals rematch – Warriors/Rockets – will follow at 10:30 p.m.

  • An Opening Night rematch on Tuesday, Feb. 12Celtics vs. 76ers – at 8 p.m., followed by the Jazz and Mitchell visiting the Warriors and Curry at 10:30 p.m.

  • Four consecutive appearances by the Lakers and James – vs. Raptors and Leonard on Thursday, Mar. 14, at 8 p.m.; vs. Washington Wizards and John Wall on Tuesday, Mar. 26, at 10:30 p.m.; vs. the Thunder and Westbrook on Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 8 p.m.; and vs. Warriors and Durant on Thursday, Apr. 4, at 10:30 p.m.

  • Eastern Conference foes – Celtics vs. Wizards – will meet in the final week of regular season action on Tuesday, April 9, at 9 p.m., followed by the Rockets vs. Thunder at 9:30 p.m.

In addition to its regular-season coverage, TNT will be the exclusive home of NBA All-Star Weekend’s signature events including Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 15, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 16, and the NBA’s 68th annual All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday, Feb. 17.  The network will also televise more than 40 NBA Playoff games including first and second round action and the exclusive presentation of the 2019 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Live streaming coverage of all NBA on TNT games is available via http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt and the Watch TNT app and participating TV providers’ websites and apps. Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.

TNT’s 2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule

(All Times Eastern)



Date


Day


Time (ET)


Game


Oct. 16


Tuesday


8 p.m.


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics

   

10:30 p.m.


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors


Oct. 18


Thursday


8 p.m.


Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers

   

10:30 p.m.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers


Oct. 25


Thursday


8 p.m.


Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

   

10:30 p.m.


Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Nov. 1


Thursday


8 p.m.


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics

   

10:30 p.m.


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers


Nov. 8


Thursday


8 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

   

10:30 p.m.


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors


Nov. 15


Thursday


8 p.m.


Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

   

10:30 p.m.


San Antonio Spurs vs. LA Clippers


Nov. 29


Thursday


8 p.m.


Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors


 

 

10:30 p.m.


LA Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings


Dec. 6


Thursday


8 p.m.


New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics

   

10:30 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz


Dec. 13


Thursday


8 p.m.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets

   

10:30 p.m.


Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns


Dec. 20


Thursday


8 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat

   

10:30 p.m.


Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers


Dec. 27


Thursday


8 p.m.


Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets

   

10:30 p.m.


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz


Jan. 3


Thursday


8 p.m.


Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs

   

10:30 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors


Jan. 10


Thursday


7 p.m.


Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

   

9:30 p.m.


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs


Jan. 17


Thursday


7 p.m.


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers

   

9:30 p.m.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder


Jan. 21


Monday


5:30 p.m.


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies

   

8 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

   

10:30 p.m.


Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Jan. 24


Thursday


8 p.m.


Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards

   

10:30 p.m.


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Jan. 29


Tuesday


8 p.m.


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

   

10:30 p.m.


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Jan. 31


Thursday


8 p.m.


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors

   

10:30 p.m.


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors


Feb. 5


Tuesday


8 p.m.


Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

   

10:30 p.m.


Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers


Feb. 7


Thursday


8 p.m.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

   

10:30 p.m.


San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers


Feb. 12


Tuesday


8 p.m.


Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers

   

10:30 p.m.


Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors


Feb. 14


Thursday


8 p.m.


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans


Feb. 21


Thursday


8 p.m.


Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

   

10:30 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Feb. 26


Tuesday


8 p.m.


Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors

   

10:30 p.m.


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets


Feb. 28


Thursday


7 p.m.


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Indiana Pacers


 

 

9:30 p.m.


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder


Mar. 5


Tuesday


8 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors

   

10:30 p.m.


Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors


Mar. 7


Thursday


8 p.m.


Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks


 

 

10:30 p.m.


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers


Mar. 12


Tuesday


8 p.m.


Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans

   

10:30 p.m.


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets


Mar. 14


Thursday


8 p.m.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors

   

10:30 p.m.


Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets


Mar. 26


Tuesday


8 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

   

10:30 p.m.


Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Apr. 2


Tuesday


8 p.m.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

   

10:30 p.m.


Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors


Apr. 4


Thursday


8 p.m.


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

   

10:30 p.m.


Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Apr. 9


Tuesday


7 p.m.


Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards

   

9:30 p.m.


Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

 

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