NBA Teams With the Most National TV Appearances in the 2015-2016 Season

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The NBA has released its full schedule for the 2015-2016 season, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors each getting 25 appearances on national television, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs.

The season begins with two games on October 27 that are rematches of playoff series from last season: Cavs facing the Bulls followed by the Pelicans playing the Warriors, which will include the presentation of the championship rings to Golden State players.

Christmas will feature the finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavaliers (in Cleveland), and will also include the Pelicans vs Heat, Bulls vs Thunder, Spurs vs Rockets and the Los Angeles derby of Clippers vs Lakers.

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The most interesting game of the season? The Clippers coming to Dallas on November 11 to play the Mavericks, and we’ll get to see what kind of reaction DeAndre Jordan will get from Mavs fans. The teams actually face off before that in Los Angeles on October 29.

Total Number of National TV Appearances

Cleveland Cavaliers – 25

Golden State Warriors – 25

Los Angeles Clippers – 24

Oklahoma City Thunder – 24

Chicago Bulls – 23

San Antonio Spurs – 21

Houston Rockets – 19

Los Angeles Lakers – 19

New Orleans Pelicans – 13

Miami Heat – 11

Memphis Grizzlies – 10

Atlanta Hawks – 8

Boston Celtics – 7

Indiana Pacers – 7

Dallas Mavericks – 7

New York Knicks – 7

Minnesota Timberwolves – 5

Phoenix Suns – 5

Portland Trail Blazers – 5

Washington Wizards – 5

Milwaukee Bucks – 4

Sacramento Kings – 4

Utah Jazz – 3

Toronto Raptors – 2

Brooklyn Nets – 1

Charlotte Hornets – 1

Orlando Magic – 1

Denver Nuggets – 0

Detroit Pistons – 0

Philadelphia 76ers – 0

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The Cavaliers and the Warriors getting more TV time than anyone else isn’t surprising. The two are the NBA finalists from last season. One team also has LeBron James, a guaranteed ratings magnet regardless of the market he’s playing in, while the others are the defending NBA champions and a team the league has no problem promoting because they’re fun to watch with appealing young stars.

The Los Angeles Lakers remain a team everyone wants to watch, with 19 appearances, despite not making the playoffs over the last two years and not really built to making it this season. The New York Knicks on the other hand, another team that’s been far from good in the last two years, is getting only 7 appearances. There’s not a lot of faith being shown in their ability to step up.

And then there’s the number 0. The Sixers might be better than they’ve been the last two years, but they’re still going to lose a lot of games while featuring a lot of unknown players, which makes them very uninteresting to watch. The Pistons haven’t been to the postseason since 2009 and don’t have a star to draw out-of-town intrigue, while the Nuggets should be the worst team in the West.

Obviously, things can change. If further down the line a certain matchup that hasn’t been picked by the broadcasters is better than what they have scheduled, they simply make that switch. The Lakers were dropped from the national lineup a number of times last season, especially after Kobe Bryant was shut down by the team.

Full 2015-16 NBA National TV Schedule

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Date Teams Network
Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Chicago TNT
Oct. 27, 10:30 p.m. ET New Orleans @ Golden State TNT
Oct. 28, 8:00 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Oklahoma City ESPN
Oct. 28, 10:30 p.m. ET Minnesota @ L.A. Lakers ESPN
Oct. 29, 8:00 p.m. ET Atlanta @ New York TNT
Oct. 29, 10:30 p.m. ET Dallas @ L.A. Clippers TNT
Oct. 30, 7:00 p.m. ET Miami @ Cleveland ESPN
Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m. ET Golden State @ Houston ESPN
Nov. 4, 8:00 p.m. ET New York @ Cleveland ESPN
Nov. 4, 10:30 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Golden State ESPN
Nov. 5, 8:00 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ Chicago TNT
Nov. 5, 10:30 p.m. ET Memphis @ Portland TNT
Nov. 6, 8:00 p.m. ET Miami @ Indiana ESPN
Nov. 6, 10:30 p.m. ET Houston @ Sacramento ESPN
Nov. 11, 8:00 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Dallas ESPN
Nov. 11, 10:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Portland ESPN
Nov. 12, 8:00 p.m. ET Golden State @ Minnesota TNT
Nov. 12, 10:30 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Phoenix TNT
Nov. 18, 8:00 p.m. ET New Orleans @ Oklahoma City ESPN
Nov. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET Chicago @ Phoenix ESPN
Nov. 19, 8:00 p.m. ET Milwaukee @ Cleveland TNT
Nov. 19, 10:30 p.m. ET Golden State @ L.A. Clippers TNT
Nov. 20, 8:00 p.m. ET San Antonio @ New Orleans ESPN
Nov. 20, 10:30 p.m. ET Chicago @ Golden State ESPN
Nov. 24, 8:00 p.m. ET Boston @ Atlanta TNT
Nov. 24, 10:30 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ Golden State TNT
Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ Miami TNT
Dec. 3, 9:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Memphis TNT
Dec. 4, 7:00 p.m. ET Brooklyn @ New York ESPN
Dec. 4, 9:30 p.m. ET Cleveland @ New Orleans ESPN
Dec. 9, 7:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ Boston ESPN
Dec. 9, 9:30 p.m. ET Atlanta @ Dallas ESPN
Dec. 10, 8:00 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Chicago TNT
Dec. 10, 10:30 p.m. ET New York @ Sacramento TNT
Dec. 11, 7:00 p.m. ET Miami @ Indiana ESPN
Dec. 11, 9:30 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ San Antonio ESPN
Dec. 16, 8:00 p.m. ET Memphis @ Chicago ESPN
Dec. 16, 10:30 p.m. ET Milwaukee @ L.A. Clippers ESPN
Dec. 17, 8:00 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ Cleveland TNT
Dec. 17, 10:30 p.m. ET Houston @ L.A. Lakers TNT
Dec. 18, 8:00 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ San Antonio ESPN
Dec. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET New Orleans @ Phoenix ESPN
Dec. 25, 12:00 p.m. ET New Orleans @ Miami ESPN
Dec. 25, 2:30 p.m. ET Chicago @ Oklahoma City ABC
Dec. 25, 5:00 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Golden State ABC
Dec. 25, 8:00 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Houston ESPN
Dec. 25, 10:30 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ L.A. Lakers ESPN
Jan. 6, 7:00 p.m. ET New York @ Miami ESPN
Jan. 6, 9:30 p.m. ET Memphis @ Oklahoma City ESPN
Jan. 7, 8:00 p.m. ET Boston @ Chicago TNT
Jan. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ Sacramento TNT
Jan. 8, 8:00 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Minnesota ESPN
Jan. 8, 10:30 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ L.A. Lakers ESPN
Jan. 13, 8:00 p.m. ET Indiana @ Boston ESPN
Jan. 13, 10:30 p.m. ET Miami @ L.A. Clippers ESPN
Jan. 14, 8:00 p.m. ET Cleveland @ San Antonio TNT
Jan. 14, 10:30 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ Golden State TNT
Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. ET Minnesota @ Oklahoma City ESPN
Jan. 15, 9:30 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Houston ESPN
Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m. ET New Orleans @ Memphis ESPN
Jan. 18, 8:00 p.m. ET Golden State @ Cleveland TNT
Jan. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET Houston @ L.A. Clippers TNT
Jan. 20, 8:00 p.m. ET Golden State @ Chicago ESPN
Jan. 20, 10:30 p.m. ET Atlanta @ Portland ESPN
Jan. 21, 8:00 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Cleveland TNT
Jan. 21, 10:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Phoenix TNT
Jan. 22, 8:00 p.m. ET Miami @ Toronto ESPN
Jan. 22, 10:30 p.m. ET Indiana @ Golden State ESPN
Jan. 23, 8:30 p.m. ET Chicago @ Cleveland ABC
Jan. 27, 8:00 p.m. ET Houston @ San Antonio ESPN
Jan. 27, 10:30 p.m. ET Dallas @ Golden State ESPN
Jan. 28, 8:00 p.m. ET New York @ Toronto TNT
Jan. 28, 10:30 p.m. ET Chicago @ L.A. Lakers TNT
Jan. 30, 8:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Cleveland ABC
Jan. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET Chicago @ L.A. Clippers ABC
Feb. 3, 8:00 p.m. ET Golden State @ Washington ESPN
Feb. 3, 10:30 p.m. ET Minnesota @ L.A. Clippers ESPN
Feb. 4, 8:00 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ New Orleans TNT
Feb. 4, 10:30 p.m. ET Houston @ Phoenix TNT
Feb. 5, 7:00 p.m. ET Indiana @ Atlanta ESPN
Feb. 5, 9:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Dallas ESPN
Feb. 6, 9:00 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ Golden State ESPN
Feb. 7, 2:00 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Miami ABC
Feb. 9, 8:00 p.m. ET Washington @ New York TNT
Feb. 9, 10:30 p.m. ET Houston @ Golden State TNT
Feb. 10, 8:00 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ Cleveland ESPN
Feb. 10, 10:30 p.m. ET Houston @ Portland ESPN
Feb. 11, 8:00 p.m. ET New Orleans @ Oklahoma City TNT
Feb. 18, 8:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ Cleveland TNT
Feb. 18, 8:00 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ New Orleans TNT
Feb. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ L.A. Clippers TNT
Feb. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Utah TNT
Feb. 19, 8:00 p.m. ET Indiana @ Oklahoma City ESPN
Feb. 19, 10:30 p.m. ET Boston @ Utah ESPN
Feb. 20, 8:30 p.m. ET Golden State @ L.A. Clippers ABC
Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Oklahoma City ABC
Feb. 21, 8:00 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ Chicago ESPN
Feb. 24, 8:00 p.m. ET Washington @ Chicago ESPN
Feb. 24, 10:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Sacramento ESPN
Feb. 26, 8:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ Atlanta ESPN
Feb. 26, 10:30 p.m. ET Memphis @ L.A. Lakers ESPN
Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. ET Golden State @ Oklahoma City ABC
Mar. 2, 8:00 p.m. ET New Orleans @ Houston ESPN
Mar. 2, 10:30 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ L.A. Clippers ESPN
Mar. 3, 8:00 p.m. ET San Antonio @ New Orleans TNT
Mar. 3, 10:30 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ Golden State TNT
Mar. 4, 8:00 p.m. ET Washington @ Cleveland ESPN
Mar. 4, 10:30 p.m. ET Atlanta @ L.A. Lakers ESPN
Mar. 5, 8:30 p.m. ET Houston @ Chicago ABC
Mar. 6, 3:30 p.m. ET Golden State @ L.A. Lakers ABC
Mar. 9, 7:00 p.m. ET Miami @ Milwaukee ESPN
Mar. 9, 9:30 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Oklahoma City ESPN
Mar. 10, 8:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ San Antonio TNT
Mar. 10, 10:30 p.m. ET Cleveland @ L.A. Lakers TNT
Mar. 12, 8:30 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ San Antonio ABC
Mar. 13, 3:30 p.m. ET Cleveland @ L.A. Clippers ABC
Mar. 14, 8:00 p.m. ET Memphis @ Houston ESPN
Mar. 14, 10:30 p.m. ET New Orleans @ Golden State ESPN
Mar. 16, 7:00 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ Boston ESPN
Mar. 16, 9:30 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Houston ESPN
Mar. 19, 8:30 p.m. ET Golden State @ San Antonio ABC
Mar. 22, 8:00 p.m. ET Houston @ Oklahoma City TNT
Mar. 22, 10:30 p.m. ET Memphis @ L.A. Lakers TNT
Mar. 23, 8:00 p.m. ET Milwaukee @ Cleveland ESPN
Mar. 23, 10:30 p.m. ET Dallas @ Portland ESPN
Mar. 29, 8:00 p.m. ET Houston @ Cleveland TNT
Mar. 29, 10:30 p.m. ET Washington @ Golden State TNT
Mar. 31, 7:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ Houston TNT
Mar. 31, 9:30 p.m. ET L.A. Clippers @ Oklahoma City TNT
Apr. 1, 8:00 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Atlanta ESPN
Apr. 1, 10:30 p.m. ET Boston @ Golden State ESPN
Apr. 3, 3:30 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ Houston ABC
Apr. 5, 8:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ Memphis TNT
Apr. 5, 10:30 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ L.A. Clippers TNT
Apr. 6, 7:00 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Indiana ESPN
Apr. 6, 9:30 p.m. ET Houston @ Dallas ESPN
Apr. 7, 8:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ Miami TNT
Apr. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Golden State TNT
Apr. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Chicago ABC
Apr. 12, 8:00 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ San Antonio TNT
Apr. 12, 10:30 p.m. ET Memphis @ L.A. Clippers TNT
Apr. 13, 8:00 p.m. ET Orlando @ Charlotte ESPN
Apr. 13, 10:30 p.m. ET Utah @ L.A. Lakers ESPN
H/T: Deadspin
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