NBA TVs Preseason Coverage to Feature 31 Live Game Telecasts Featuring Anticipated Debuts of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul

Network’s Original Programming Lineup to Include 2015-16 Team Previews, Special “72 Burning Questions” Themed Episodes of The Starters and NBA GameTime Studio Show


NBA TV will televise 31 live preseason game telecasts – including the expected preseason debuts of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers and many of the league’s top stars – when action tips off Friday, Oct. 2, with the Denver Nuggets visiting the Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET. 

The network’s schedule will also feature the anticipated preseason debuts of NBA rookies including the Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor and the Nuggets’ Emmanuel Mudiay.  Additionally, the live game schedule includes multiple appearances by the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Lakers and Clippers, accompanied by a full slate of original programming – 2015-16 NBA team preview shows, NBA GameTime and special episodes of The Starters. 

NBA TV’s opening weekend schedule will feature Bryant, Russell and the Lakers hosting the Utah Jazz and Gordon Hayward on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 9 p.m., from Honolulu, Hawaii.  Two nights later, the Sixers and Okafor will visit the Washington Wizards and John Wall on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

James and the Eastern Conference Champion Cavaliers will make its preseason debut in Cincinnati, hosting the Atlanta Hawks and Jeff Teague on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. The network will feature the second game between the Jazz and Lakers from Honolulu at 12 a.m. (Oct. 6 at midnight), and the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins at Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe at 10 p.m. that same day. 

Additionally, NBA TV will televise live coverage of the NBA Global Games 2015, an international preseason exhibition beginning Thursday, Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m., when the Boston Celtics and offseason acquisition David Lee visit Olimpia Milano in Milan, Italy. Later that week, the Celtics will visit Spain to face Real Madrid on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. The Charlotte Hornets and Clippers will meet for games in Shenzhen and Shanghai, China, on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m., respectively. The Orlando Magic and Flamengo will close out the NBA’s global preseason tour on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m., from Rio de Janeiro. The complete NBA TV preseason schedule is listed below.  

NBA TV will offer in-depth coverage of all 30 NBA teams with back-to-back 30-minute NBA Team Previews airing nightly at 6 and 6:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7 with the Clippers and Warriors.  The first week’s schedule will also include the Bulls and Toronto Raptors on Thursday, Oct. 8, the Lakers and Cavaliers on Friday, Oct. 9, and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Rockets on Saturday, Oct. 10.

The Starters will preview the regular season as they answer ‘72 Burning Questions’ with a series of nine special preseason episodes airing Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

The league’s signature studio show, NBA GameTime, will provide insight and commentary throughout the preseason including analysis from Steve Smith, Dennis Scott, Isiah Thomas and the show’s deep roster of contributors.

Following is NBA TV’s preseason schedule (from host cities unless noted):

NBA TV Preseason Schedule



Time (ET)


Friday, Oct. 2

10:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers




Sunday, Oct. 4

9 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (from Honolulu)




Tuesday, Oct. 6

2:30 p.m.

Boston Celtics vs. Olimpia Milano (from Milan)


7 p.m.

Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards




Wednesday, Oct. 7

12 a.m.

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (from Honolulu)


7 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers (from Cincinnati)






Thursday, Oct. 8

3 p.m.

Boston Celtics vs. Real Madrid (from Madrid)


7 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers


10 p.m.

Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Lakers (from Ontario)




Friday, Oct. 9

7 p.m.

New York Knicks at Washington Wizards




Saturday, Oct. 10

8 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Minnesota Timberwolves (from Winnipeg)




Sunday, Oct. 11

1:30 a.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers (from Shenzhen, China)





9:30 p.m.

Maccabi Haifa at Los Angeles Lakers




Monday, Oct. 12

8 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls




Tuesday, Oct. 13

7 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers


10:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors




Wednesday, Oct. 14

8 a.m.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Clippers (from Shanghai, China)


8 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks




Thursday, Oct. 15

7 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers




Friday, Oct. 16

7:30 p.m.

Boston Celtics at New York Knicks




Saturday, Oct. 17

5:30 p.m.

Orlando Magic vs. Flamengo (from Rio de Janeiro)


10 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers (from San Diego)




Sunday, Oct. 18

1 p.m.

Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets


6 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors


9 p.m. 

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers 

Monday, Oct. 19

7 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers


10:30 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers




Tuesday, Oct. 20

8 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Milwaukee Bucks




Thursday, Oct. 22

7:30 p.m.

New York Knicks at Boston Celtics




Friday, Oct. 23

8:30 p.m.

Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs




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