The regular NBA 2022-23 season will begin on Tuesday, October 18, with a doubleheader on TNT (76ers vs. Celtics and Lakers vs. Warriors).
The NBA has announced the complete schedule for the 2022-23 season.
- Full schedule of games
- National TV games
- NBA TV games
- League Pass games
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA today released the complete 2022-23 regular season game schedule as well as broadcast schedules for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV, and ESPN Radio. The complete schedule, as well as team-by-team schedules, are attached and can be found at NBA.com/schedule.
The 77th NBA regular season, which will feature 82 games per team, will begin on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, and end on Sunday, April 9, 2023. The 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament will be held from Tuesday, April 11 to Friday, April 14, with the 2023 NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel beginning on Saturday, April 15. The first game of the 2023 NBA Finals, presented by YouTube TV, is set to take place on Thursday, June 1.
2022 Kia NBA Tip-Off
As part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2022, the first four days of the 2022-23 NBA regular season (Oct. 18-21) will feature eight national television games, with TNT and ESPN airing two doubleheaders each. These games will feature 12 different teams, three rematches from the 2022 NBA Playoffs, and rosters that currently include 15 NBA All-Star selections from last season and seven Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award winners.
The regular season will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with a doubleheader on TNT, marking Turner Sports’ 39th year of NBA coverage. The Philadelphia 76ers will play the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics in the first game (7:30 p.m. ET). The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors will receive their championship rings before facing the Los Angeles Lakers in the second game (10 p.m. ET).
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, ESPN will begin its 21st consecutive year of NBA coverage with a doubleheader between the Memphis Grizzlies and the New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET). The Dallas Mavericks will play the Phoenix Suns in a rematch of a 2022 Western Conference Semifinals series (10 p.m. ET).
On Thursday, Oct. 20, TNT will air its second doubleheader of the season, with the 76ers hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (7:30 p.m. ET) and the Lakers hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET). The Celtics will visit the Miami Heat (7:30 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets will face the Warriors in San Francisco (10 p.m. ET) on Friday, Oct. 21 – rematches from the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals and 2022 Western Conference First Round, respectively.
The NBA TV live game coverage for the 2022-23 season will begin on Saturday, Oct. 22 with a doubleheader featuring the San Antonio Spurs visiting the 76ers (6 p.m. ET) and the Mavericks hosting the Grizzlies (8:30 p.m. ET). The first week of the season’s national television schedule concludes on Sunday, Oct. 23 with the Suns hosting the Clippers on NBA TV (10 p.m. ET).
For the 15th year in a row, five games will be broadcast on ESPN or ABC on Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25). The NBA’s 75th season will begin on Christmas Day with the Knicks hosting the 76ers on ESPN (noon ET).
The Lakers visit the Mavericks (2:30 p.m. ET), the Celtics host the Bucks in a rematch of the 2022 Eastern Conference Semifinals (5 p.m. ET), and the Grizzlies make their Christmas Day debut when they visit the Warriors in a rematch of the 2022 Western Conference Semifinals (8 p.m. ET). The Nuggets will play the Suns in Denver on Christmas Day, which will be broadcast on ESPN (10:30 p.m. ET).
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
On Monday, January 16, TNT will broadcast a doubleheader in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Atlanta Hawks will host the Heat in the first game of a rematch of an Eastern Conference First Round series from 2022. (3:30 p.m. ET). The teams with the best records in the 2021-22 regular season will meet in the second game, when the Suns (NBA-best 64-18 last season) visit the Grizzlies (56-26 last season) at 6 p.m. ET, marking Memphis’ 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NBA TV will broadcast two games: the Celtics visiting the Charlotte Hornets (1 p.m. ET) and the Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets (10:30 p.m. ET).
The Election Day
As Election Day approaches, the NBA and its teams will continue to encourage fans to vote and take part in the democratic process. This season, the NBA will help promote voter participation, share important resources from voting organizations, and highlight the civic engagement work of teams in their markets on Monday, Nov. 7, the day before Election Day. As part of this initiative, no NBA games will be played on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.
Rivalry Week in the NBA
Classic and emerging rivalries between teams and players will take center stage during NBA Rivals Week, which will take place the week of January 23. NBA Rivals Week, a new regular-season highlight, will feature 11 nationally televised games across four networks over five days from Tuesday, January 24 to Saturday, January 28. Rivalries will be the focus of all nine games that week on TNT, ESPN, and ABC, as well as two games on NBA TV.
NBA Rivals Week will conclude on January 28 with the Lakers visiting the Celtics, as the two teams with the most NBA championships (17) and the most meetings in the NBA Finals (12) renew their rivalry in Boston (8:30 p.m. ET). Earlier in the day on ABC, the Nuggets will face back-to-back MVP runner-up and 2021-22 NBA scoring leader Joel Embiid and the 76ers (3 p.m. ET), followed by an intracity matchup between New York and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center (5:30 p.m. ET).
The complete NBA Rivals Week game and broadcast schedule, which includes four rematches from the 2022 NBA Playoffs, is available here.
Global NBA Games
The NBA Global Games will return for the 2022-23 season, with two regular-season games outside the United States and Canada, both televised by NBA TV. The Heat will face the Spurs in the NBA Mexico City Game 2022 on Saturday, December 17 at the Arena CDMX in Mexico City (5 p.m. ET). The Chicago Bulls will face the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Paris Game 2023 on Thursday, January 19 at the Accor Arena in Paris (3 p.m. ET).
NBA Finals Rematches in 2022
On Saturday, December 10 in San Francisco, the Warriors and Celtics will meet for the first time since the 2022 NBA Finals on ABC (8:30 p.m. ET). The first of seven regular-season games on Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC will be the season premiere of NBA Saturday Primetime.
The second and final regular-season meeting between the two defending conference champions will be broadcast on TNT on Thursday, January 19 in Boston (7:30 p.m. ET).
The final day of the regular season
On the final day of the regular season, all 30 teams will compete (Sunday, April 9). The seven Eastern Conference games and one interconference game (Rockets at Washington Wizards) will begin at 1 p.m. ET, while the seven Western Conference games will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. ESPN will broadcast a doubleheader, with the matchups to be determined later.
With 30 teams and 82 games per team, the estimated average miles traveled for the 2022-23 regular season has been reduced to 41,000 miles per team, a record low in the era. This represents a nearly 2,000-mile reduction per team from last season’s previous all-time low of 43,000 miles traveled. NBA teams are expected to travel more than 50,000 fewer miles this season than they did last.
No travel between games for teams on the road has increased by 66% since last season (88 from 53). The 88 no-travel instances include 55 instances of teams playing consecutive road games against the same opponent and 33 instances of teams playing two games in a row in Los Angeles (against the Clippers and Lakers) or New York (against the Knicks and Knicks) (against the Knicks and Nets).
Highlights from the Schedule
In the 2022-23 regular season, all 30 teams are scheduled to appear on TNT or ESPN at least once. Throughout the regular season, the NBA on TNT, ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV will offer flexible scheduling to provide the most compelling matchups to a national audience.
During the regular season, TNT will air 18 Tuesday doubleheaders and 13 Thursday doubleheaders, with all but one Thursday doubleheader taking place in January or later. There will be 21 Wednesday doubleheaders and 13 Friday doubleheaders on ESPN. All primetime doubleheaders on TNT and ESPN will return to 7:30 p.m. ET/10 p.m. ET.
On Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, ABC will broadcast 15 regular-season games (excluding Christmas Day). During the regular season, NBA TV will broadcast more than 100 live games.
The 2023 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV, as well as the 2023 Western Conference Finals, will be broadcast exclusively on ABC and ESPN/ABC, respectively. TNT will exclusively broadcast the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals and the 2023 NBA All-Star Game, both of which will take place in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Feb. 19.
During the regular season, ESPN Radio will broadcast 25 games, including Lakers vs. Warriors on opening night, Bucks vs. Celtics and Grizzlies vs. Warriors on Christmas Day, and Heat vs. Hawks on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also cover the NBA All-Star Game and the NBA Finals.
Throughout the season, NBA League Pass will provide live, out-of-market games via the NBA App, NBA.com, connected televisions, and TV providers. With NBA League Pass, fans can gain direct access to streaming matchups featuring their favorite teams and players (blackout restrictions apply). Visit NBA.com/leaguepass for more information.
The regular season will consist of 45 games that will be broadcast in primetime in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) as part of “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K23.”
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