NBA Schedule

2019/20 NBA Schedules By Team

The schedule for the 2019/20 NBA regular season, officially unveiled by the league on Monday, will – for the fifth consecutive year – feature the fewest back-to-backs in league history. On average, teams will play on consecutive nights 12.4 times in ’19/20, down from 13.3 last season.

The NBA is also making a concerted effort to end its games earlier. The Lakers and Warriors, for instance, will each see their number of 10:30pm eastern time starts nearly cut in half, per Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Additionally, many of the NBA’s prime-time doubleheaders on TNT and ESPN will now tip off at 7:00/9:30pm ET or 7:30/10:00pm ET, rather than 8:00/10:30pm ET.

The NBA also confirmed several previously-reported marquee matchups, including its five-game Christmas Day slate and an opening night doubleheader of Pelicans at Raptors and Lakers at Clippers. ESPN has a round-up of several more must-see games on next season’s schedule.

Listed below are links to the full 2019/20 season schedules for each NBA team, organized by conference and division:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

Central Division

Southeast Division


WESTERN CONFERENCE

Northwest Division

Pacific Division

Southwest Division

And-Ones: Schedule, 2020 Free Agency, Draft

The NBA revealed today that it will announce its full regular season schedule – and national television schedule – for the 2019/20 season on Monday, August 12 at 3:00pm eastern time.

The dates for a handful of notable games have already been reported. We relayed the Christmas Day matchups last week, and Shams Charania of The Athletic notes (via Twitter) that the Raptors are expected to receive their championship rings on opening night (October 22) when they host the Pelicans and No. 1 pick Zion Williamson.

Charania also provides the dates for a handful of notable star/team reunions, including Anthony Davis and the Lakers visiting New Orleans and Kyrie Irving and the Nets traveling to Boston — both of those games will happen on November 27.

As we wait to find out what the rest of the 2019/20 schedule will look like, here are a few more items from around the basketball world:

  • After a wildly entertaining 2019 free agent period, the odds are slim that we’ll see the same level of fireworks involving star players in 2020. In an Insider-only article for ESPN.com, Bobby Marks previews 2020’s free agent period, noting that outside of Anthony Davis and the top restricted free agents – all of whom are likely to stick with their current teams – next year’s best free agents will be vets like Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Andre Drummond.
  • The NBA is ramping up its mental health program, as Sam Amick of The Athletic details. Sources tell Amick that the league issued a memo to all 30 teams on Wednesday to inform them of changes that must be made prior to the start of the 2019/20 season. Among those changes? All teams will be required to make at least one or two mental health professionals – and a licensed psychiatrist – available to players.
  • In an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump (video link), draft expert Jonathan Givony previewed this year’s rookie class and identified some of the top incoming college freshman. Givony also notes that several of the projected top players in the 2020 draft class will be playing in Europe or – like R.J. Hampton and LaMelo Ball – in Australia.

Schedule Pushed Back A Week Next Season

The 2019/20 NBA regular season will begin nearly a week later than this season, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer tweets.

Opening night will be October 22, compared to this season’s October 16 start. This also means the playoffs will begin a week later, O’Connor continues.

The league wanted to make the change to prevent opening night from occurring too early in the calendar year moving forward. The FIBA World Cup also factored into the decision, O’Connor adds.

The NBA has stretched out the regular season in order to accommodate concerns about excessive back-to-backs. This year’s schedule features the fewest back-to-backs in league history and that shouldn’t change next season despite the later starting date. On average, teams will play on consecutive nights 13.3 times this season, with no club playing more than 15 back-to-backs. The league, in cooperation with the Players’ Association, has eliminated instances of teams playing four games in five nights or eight games in 12 nights.

New NBA Schedule Features Fewest Ever Back-To-Backs

The schedule for the 2018/19 NBA regular season, officially unveiled by the league on Friday, will feature the fewest back-to-backs in league history. On average, teams will play on consecutive nights 13.3 times in ’18/19, with no club playing more than 15 back-to-backs.

Under the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NBA and players’ union, the league has been scheduling an earlier opening night, extending the regular season in order to allow players more rest in between games. This season’s schedule, which begins on October 16, will feature no instances of a team playing four games in five nights or eight games in 12 nights.

Some of the notable games include LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland on November 21, Kawhi Leonard‘s first game in San Antonio with the Raptors on January 3  and Gordon Hayward‘s first game in Utah as a member of the Celtics on November 9,

Listed below are links to the full 2018/19 season schedules for each NBA team, organized by conference and division:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

Central Division

Southeast Division


WESTERN CONFERENCE

Northwest Division

Pacific Division

Southwest Division

And-Ones: International Expansion, Season Length, Seeding

The limitations of existing air travel technology will prevent any major international expansion, Sam Amick of USA Today writes. While the league has enjoyed success hosting the occasional event in China, there’s just no logical way to incorporate such an ambitious expansion considering how long it would take, and how taxing it would be to send teams back and forth between North America and Asia.

Of course that hasn’t ruled out league commissioner Adam Silver from at least being open to the idea if, or perhaps when, existing airline technology changes. Currently a flight from the West Coast to China takes 14 hours. Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk are hard at work trying to innovate feasible ways of moving people across the globe quicker and more efficiently.

We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off,” Silver said. “But under existing airline technology, the planes aren’t fast enough to at least play in the current frame work of our regular season.

A more realistic option for international expansion would involve Mexico City. Travelling to Mexico is far more practical, although political and financial hurdles remain. Silver cites the success of the league’s international expansion north into Canada as proof that such change is at least possible.

There’s more from around the league:

  • In the same article, Sam Amick of USA Today writes that NBA commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t necessarily consider the 82-game season to be set in stone. “There’s nothing magical about 82 games,” Silver said. “It’s been in place for 50 years, but for the long-term planning of the league, as we learn more about the human body and the wear and tear of travel and the competitive landscape … invariably we’ll look at the regular season.
  • With the first season in the books, the Big3 has turned its attention to next year, bringing back a number of players from the inaugural campaign. A press release on the league’s official site mentions that a batch of players, including league MVP Rashard Lewis, have already signed on to return in 2018.
  • The NBA’s willingness to shake up the All-Star Game format could imply that they’d consider changing how seeding in the playoffs works, Nick Friedell of ESPN writes, although there’s no indication that any change is imminent.

Earlier Start, Fewer Back-To-Backs Highlight NBA Schedule

An earlier start date and the elimination of four games in five nights for all teams are among the highlights of the 2017/18 season schedule, which was released on Monday night by the league.

At the urging of the NBA Players Association, the league has tried to stretch out the regular-season schedule to allow players more rest in between games. There were 20 instances last season where a team had to play four games in five nights. No team will have to go through such a rugged stretch this year, since the regular season will start two weeks earlier than in previous years. The beginning of the regular season will be Tuesday, October 17.

Back-to-backs have also been trimmed down somewhat from an average of 16.3 per team to 14.4. The league hopes that this will also reduce the number of times that teams rest players during the course of the season.

Last season, there were numerous instances of nationally-televised games where prominent players were wearing street clothes as coaches tried to keep them fresh for the postseason. As Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post tweets, no team playing in an ABC game during the upcoming season has a game the day before or after, which should ensure that healthy players will suit up for those games.

Listed below are links to the full 2017/18 season schedules for each NBA team, organized by Conference and Division:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

Central Division

Southeast Division


WESTERN CONFERENCE

Northwest Division

Pacific Division

Southwest Division