It’s official: The NBA will be back.
The 2013-14 season will be in full swing in just 84 days—that’s a little more than two-and-a-half months.
The league released the new schedule Tuesday evening and the season opens with three games on October 29th, two of which are marquee match-ups.
— NBA (@NBA) August 6, 2013
Opening night will feature the Orlando Magic at the Indiana Pacers at 7:00 PM Eastern time. That game will be followed an NBA on TNT double-header featuring Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls visiting the two-time defending champion Miami Heat at 8:00 PM EST and concluding with the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the LA Clippers in Staples Center at 10:30 PM EST.
The other big announcement is the NBA’s Christmas Day lineup.
2013 #NBAXmas on ESPN & ABC Schedule: Bulls/Nets, Thunder/Knicks, Heat/Lakers, Rockets/Spurs & Clippers/Warriors!
— NBA (@NBA) August 6, 2013
Christmas brings with it the gift of five NBA games on ABC and ESPN.
The festivities will kickoff with the Brooklyn Nets visiting the Chicago Bulls at noon on ESPN. At 2:30 PM the Oklahoma City Thunder will visit the New York Knicks on ABC, followed by the Heat at the Lakers at 5:00 PM. Then, the broadcast will go back to ESPN for the Houston Rockets at the San Antonio Spurs at 8:00 PM, followed by the Clippers at the Golden State Warriors at 10:30 PM.
Palm Beach Post Heat writer Ethan Skolnick is among many who are questioning the decision to have the two-time champs face the Lakers on Christmas Day.
So it’s official: Heat at Lakers at 5 p.m. on Christmas. I have no idea why.
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) August 6, 2013
Many in the Twitterverse believe that the Christmas lineup should have involved Dwight Howard and the Rockets taking on the Lakers and a Heat/Spurs rematch. For those pining for the latter, NBA TV has you covered.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 6, 2013
The schedule for Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 20th) features four televised games. The action will begin at 2:30 PM EST with the Nets at the Knicks on ESPN. That will be followed by the New Orleans Pelicans at the Memphis Grizzlies at 5:00 PM on NBA TV. The night cap will be a double-header on TNT that pits the Lakers at the Bulls and the Pacers at the Warriors.
For those of you who are fond of following the new rookies, Orlando Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo will, of course, be in action on opening night. The remaining top 5 draft picks will all be in action the following night, October 30th.
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Anthony Bennett will be introduced to the league by the Brooklyn Nets. Otto Porter Jr. and the Washington Wizards start the season against the Detroit Pistons. The Charlotte Bobcats and rookie big man Cody Zeller face off against the Rockets, and Alex Len and the Phoenix Suns will meet the Portland Trail Blazers.
Be sure to hit up NBA.com and check out the full schedule. With all of the teams that have improved their rosters in hopes of battling for the NBA championship, this is definitely a great year to consider NBA League Pass.
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