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NBA schedule 2014: Bulls, Cavaliers, Thunder each lead league with 25 national TV appearances

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The 2014-15 national TV schedule for the NBA is full of the usual suspects, plus some intriguing non-traditional matchups. Here's a breakdown of how many national games each team has this season.

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The 2014-15 NBA regular season schedule was released promptly at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, giving the basketball world its guide for the next year of action. Television broadcasts were included as part of the announcement, so we now know who's going to be populating the likes of ESPN, TNT and ABC throughout the upcoming 82-game slate.

With an eye toward the numbers, here's a look at how many national broadcasts, not including NBATV, for each team:

Team No. of Games
Atlanta Hawks 2
Boston Celtics 1
Brooklyn Nets 4
Charlotte Hornets 2
Chicago Bulls 25
Cleveland Cavaliers 25
Dallas Mavericks 11
Denver Nuggets 5
Detroit Pistons
2
Golden State Warriors 19
Houston Rockets 17
Indiana Pacers 5
Los Angeles Clippers 23
Los Angeles Lakers 20
Memphis Grizzlies 1
Miami Heat 16
Milwaukee Bucks 0
Minnesota Timberwolves 2
New Orleans Pelicans 2
New York Knicks 16
Oklahoma City Thunder 25
Orlando Magic 0
Philadelphia 76ers 0
Phoenix Suns 10
Portland Trail Blazers 16
Sacramento Kings 3
San Antonio Spurs 19
Toronto Raptors 4
Utah Jazz 1
Washington Wizards 10

There are a few things to note here, including the Cavaliers, Bulls and Thunder leading the way with 25 appearances apiece. That's not particularly surprising given the stars featured on those teams, but the list isn't without some unexpected numbers.

The Warriors and Trail Blazers have been rewarded after strong seasons, each placing among the league's highest in total appearances, while the Pacers have been effectively dropped from the national rotation. The Knicks, Lakers and Clippers remain mainstays as representations of the nation's two largest markets, while the Spurs, Rockets and Heat have parlayed their recent success into substantial national outputs.

Two other teams reached double-digit national numbers, with the Wizards being particularly notable. Many fans around D.C. weren't thrilled when last season's team needed to make the playoffs before being seen by national audiences, but they'll have 10 chances in 2014-15, including a home game when Kevin Durant visits in January. That'll be a fun one.

Many of the teams who got shafted on the national broadcasts aren't surprising, as the Magic, 76ers and Bucks are expected to be pretty bad. However, it's a bit of a travesty that the very good Raptors and Grizzlies only have a combined five appearances. Maybe Toronto needs more (or less..?) of Drake.