NBA Schedule 2016-17: The new NBA season will kick off on October 25 with an opening night match between Cleveland Cavaliers, the defending champions, and the New York Knicks.
TNT will host a doubheader on Oct. 25 to kick off the season. Opening night will also feature a clash between Western Conference powerhouse teams Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs.
Opening week will feature this year’s top two draft picks – Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram – as the Philadelphia 76ers square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers face the Houston Rockets.
Chicago Bulls, bolstered by the additions of hometown star Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondon, will host the Boston Celtics on Day 3 of the new season (Oct. 27). Day 3 will also feature a clash between the star-studded Los Angeles Clippers and the rising Portland Trail Blazers.
For the second year in succession, the Christmas Day showcase will be headlined by the NBA finals rematch between the Cavaliers and the Warriors.
NBA Schedule 2016-17: Key Dates
December 25: Christmas Day
Cavaliers vs Warriors: ABC (2:30 p.m. ET)
Spurs vs Bulls: ABC (5 p.m. ET)
Celtics vs Knicks: ESPN (12 p.m. ET)
Thunder vs Timberwolves: ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Clippers vs Lakers: ESPN (10:30 p.m. ET)
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Cavaliers vs Warriors: TNT (8 p.m. ET)
Thunder vs Clippers: TNT (10:30 p.m. ET)
Hawks vs Knicks: NBA TV (1 p.m. ET)
Pelicans vs Pacers: NBA TV (4 p.m. ET)
February 11: Kevin Durant Visits Oklahoma City
Warriors vs Thunder: ABC (8 p.m. ET)
NBA Saturday Primetime (Starts January 21)
Cavaliers vs Spurs: ABC (8:30 p.m. ET)
Every Saturday going forward
NBA Global Games (January 12)
Suns vs Mavericks in Mexico City (3 p.m. ET on NBA TV)
Pacers vs Nuggets in London (8:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV)
Jan. 14: Suns vs Spurs in Mexico City (3 p.m. ET on NBA TV)
NBA Schedule 2016-17 is sure to excite basketball fans. While everyone is expecting a finals rematch between the Cavaliers and the Warriors, the regular season should feature the rise of young stars and give us an idea of future title contenders.