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2015 NBA schedule: Everything you need to know about this year's national TV schedule

The Cavs and Warriors will each play 25 nationally-televised games. The Nuggets, Pistons and Sixers on the other hand...

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We're just about 75 days from the start of the 2015-2016 NBA regular season and on Wednesday the season inched even closer as the NBA announced the schedule for the upcoming year.

The national TV schedule can ultimately change as the NBA flexes matchups into prime time, but as things stand now the two teams fans around the country will be seeing most frequently are the Cleveland Cavaliers and defending champion Golden State Warriors. Both teams will appear on ESPN, ABC and TNT a total of 25 times. The Clippers and Thunder will each play 24 nationally-televised games, while the Bulls will play 23, the Spurs 21 and the Lakers 19. The Pelicans and Anthony Davis will play 13 games on national TV.

TNT will be the home for the first national broadcast of the season, a doubleheader on Wednesday Oct. 27. The first game will feature the Cavaliers and Bulls, in Chicago. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. ET. Following that the defending champion Warriors will take on the Pelicans in front of what promises to be a booming Golden State crowd. Tip-off for that game is at 10:30 p.m.

Only three teams in the league won't be seen on a national broadcast all season: the Nuggets, Pistons and Sixers. The Knicks, after playing 16 nationally-televised games last season, will only get seven this year.

Here's a list of the how many games each team will have on national TV. A total of 143 games will air on ABC, ESPN and TNT this season.

The second major day on the national TV calendar is Christmas, when five games will air nationally. The highlight of the Dec. 25 slate is the Finals rematch between the Cavaliers and Warriors in Golden State, at 5 p.m. and on ABC. Also on the schedule is Miami at New Orleans (Noon, ESPN); Oklahoma City at Chicago (2:30 p.m., ABC); Houston at San Antonio (8 p.m., ESPN); and Clippers *at* Lakers (10:30 p.m., ESPN).

The final big national TV day will be Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. That day will feature Memphis at New Orleans (2:30 p.m., ESPN); Atlanta at Orlando (5 p.m., NBA TV); Cleveland once again at Golden State (8 p.m., TNT); and the Clippers in Houston (10:30 p.m., TNT).

The other day of note is Wednesday, Nov. 11, when ESPN will air a doubleheader featuring DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers taking on the Mavericks in Dallas. In the nightcap, LaMarcus Aldridge will return to Portland for the first time as a member of the Spurs.

This year's national TV schedule will differ from years past. ABC will begin airing games on Saturday nights starting on Jan. 23 (Chicago at Cleveland). Those games will not be the only ones on the schedule, as ABC agreed not to have exclusivity to help the NBA reduce the amount of back-to-backs. The same goes for TNT on Thursday nights.

2015-16 NBA National TV Schedule

Game/Time Network Matchup
Oct. 27, 8 p.m. ET TNT Bulls vs. Cavaliers
Oct. 27, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Warriors vs. Pelicans
Oct. 28, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Thunder vs. Spurs
Oct. 28, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Lakers vs. Timberwolves
Oct. 29 1, 8 p.m. ET TNT Knicks vs. Hawks
Oct. 29, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Clippers vs. Mavericks
Oct. 30, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Cavaliers vs. Heat
Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Warriors vs. Rockets
Nov. 4, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Cavaliers vs. Knicks
Nov. 4, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Warriors vs. Clippers
Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET TNT Bulls vs. Thunder
Nov. 5, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Blazers vs Grizzlies
Nov. 6, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Pacers vs. Heat
Nov. 6, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Kings vs. Rockets
Nov. 11, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Mavericks vs. Clippers
Nov. 11, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Blazers vs. Spurs
Nov. 12, 8 p.m. ET TNT Timberwolves vs. Warriors
Nov. 12, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Suns vs. Clippers
Nov. 18, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Thunder vs. Pelicans
Nov. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Suns vs. Bulls
Nov. 19, 8 p.m. ET TNT Cavaliers vs. Bucks
Nov. 19, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Clippers vs. Warriors
Nov. 20, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Pelicans vs. Spurs
Nov. 20, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Warriors vs. Bulls
Nov. 24 8 p.m. ET TNT Hawks vs. Celtics
Nov, 24, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Warriors vs. Lakers
Dec. 3. 7 p.m. ET TNT Heat vs. Thunder
Dec 3. 9:30 p.m. ET TNT Grizzlies vs. Spurs
Dec. 4, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Knicks vs. Nets
Dec. 4, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Pelicans vs. Cavaliers
Dec. 9, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Celtics vs. Bulls
Dec. 9, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Mavericks vs. Hawks
Dec. 10, 8 p.m. ET TNT Bulls vs. Clippers
Dec. 10, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Kings vs. Knicks
Dec. 11, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Pacers vs. Heat
Dec. 11, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Spurs vs. Laker
Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Bulls vs. Grizzlies
Dec. 16, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Clippers vs. Bucks
Dec. 17, 8 p.m. ET TNT Cavaliers vs. Thunder
Dec. 17, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Lakers vs. Rockets
Dec. 18, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Spurs vs. Clippers
Dec. 18 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Suns vs. Pelicans
Dec. 25, 12 p.m. ET ESPN Heat vs. Pelicans
Dec. 25, 2:30 p.m. ET ABC Thunder vs. Bulls
Dec. 25, 5 p.m. ET ABC Warriors vs. Cavaliers
Dec. 25, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Rockets vs. Spurs
Dec. 25, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Lakers vs. Clippers
Jan. 6, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Heat vs. Knicks
Jan. 6, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Thunder vs. Grizzlies
Jan. 7, 8 p.m. ET TNT Bulls vs. Celtics
Jan. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Kings vs. Lakers
Jan. 8, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers
Jan. 8, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Lakers vs. Thunder
Jan. 13, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Celtics vs. Pacers
Jan. 13, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Clippers vs. Heat
Jan. 14, 8 p.m. ET TNT Spurs vs. Cavaliers
Jan. 14, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Warriors vs. Lakers
Jan. 15, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Thunder vs Timberwolves
Jan 15, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Rockets vs. Cavaliers
Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN Grizzlies vs. Pelicans
Jan. 18, 8 p.m. ET TNT Cavaliers vs. Warriors
Jan. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Clippers vs. Rockets
Jan. 20, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Bulls vs. Warriors
Jan. 20, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Blazers vs. Hawks
Jan. 21, 8 p.m. ET TNT Cavaliers vs. Clippers
Jan. 21, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Suns vs. Spurs
Jan. 22, 8: p.m. ET ESPN Raptors vs. Heat
Jan 22. 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Warriors vs. Pacers
Jan. 23, 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN Cavaliers vs. Bulls
Jan. 27, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Spurs vs. Rockets
Jan. 27, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Warriors vs. Mavericks
Jan. 28, 8 p.m. ET TNT Raptors vs. Knicks
Jan. 28, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Lakers vs. Bulls
Jan. 30, 8:30 p.m. ET ABC Cavaliers vs. Spurs
Jan. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET ABC Clippers vs. Bulls
Feb. 3, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Wizards vs. Warriors
Feb. 3, 10:30 p.m. ESPN Clippers vs. Timberwolves
Feb. 4, 8 p.m. TNT Pelicans vs. Lakers
Feb. 4, 10:30 p.m. TNT Suns vs. Rockets
Feb. 5, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Hawks vs. Pacers
Feb. 6, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Mavericks vs. Spurs
Feb. 6, 9 p.m. ET ESPN Warriors vs. Thunder
Feb. 7, 3 p.m. ET ABC Heat vs. Clippers
Feb. 9, 8 p.m. ET TNT Knicks vs. Wizards
Feb. 9, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Warriors vs. Rockets
Feb.10, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Cavaliers vs. Lakers
Feb. 10, 10:30 ESPN Blazers vs. Wizards
Feb. 11, 8 p.m. ET TNT Thunder vs. Pelicans
Feb 18, 8 p.m. ET TNT Cavaliers vs. Bulls
Feb. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Clippers vs. Spurs
Feb. 19. 8 p.m. ET ESPN Thunder vs. Pacers
Feb. 19, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Jazz vs. Celtics
Feb. 20, 8:30 p.m. ET ABC Clippers vs. Warriors
Feb. 21, 3:30 ABC Thunder vs. Cavaliers
Feb. 21, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Bulls vs. Lakers
Feb. 24, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Bulls vs. Wizards
Feb 24, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Kings vs. Spurs
Feb 25, 8 p.m. ET TNT Pelicans vs. Thunder
Feb. 25, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Jazz vs. Spurs
Feb. 26, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Hawks vs. Bulls
Feb. 26, 10:30 ESPN Lakers vs. Grizzlies
Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. ET ABC Thunder vs. Warriors
Mar. 2, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Rockets vs. Pelicans
Mar. 2, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Clippers vs. Thunder
Mar. 3, 8 p.m. ET TNT Pelicans vs. Spurs
Mar. 3, 8 p.m. ET TNT Warriors vs. Thunder
Mar. 4, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Cavaliers vs. Wizards
Mar. 4, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Lakers vs. Hawks
Mar. 5, 8:30 p.m. ET ABC Bulls vs. Rockets
Mar. 6, 3:30 p.m. ET ABC Lakers vs. Warriors
Mar. 9, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Bucks vs. Heat
Mar. 9, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Thunder vs. Clippers
Mar. 10, 8 p.m. ET TNT Spurs vs. Bulls
Mar. 12, 8:30 p.m. ET TNT Lakers vs. Cavaliers
Mar. 12, 8 p.m. ET ABC Spurs vs. Thunder
Mar. 13, 3:30 p.m. ET ABC Clippers vs. Cavaliers
Mar. 14, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Rockets vs. Grizzlies
Mar. 14, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Warriors vs. Pelicans
Mar. 16, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Celtics vs. Thunder
Mar. 16, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Rockets vs. Clippers
Mar. 19, 8:30 p.m. ET ABC Spurs vs. Warriors
Mar. 22, 8 p.m. ET TNT Thunder vs. Rockets
Mar. 22, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Lakers vs. Grizzlies
Mar. 23, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Cavaliers vs. Bucks
Mar. 23, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Blazers vs. Mavericks
Mar. 29, 8 p.m. ET TNT Cavaliers vs. Rockets
Mar. 29, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Warriors vs. Wizards
Mar. 31, 7 p.m. ET TNT Rockets vs. Bulls
Mar. 31, 9:30 p.m. ET TNT Thunder vs. Clippers
April 1, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Hawks vs. Cavaliers
April 1, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Warriors vs. Celtics
April 3, 3:30 p.m. ET ABC Rockets vs. Thunder
April 5, 8 p.m. ET TNT Grizzlies vs. Bulls
April 5, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Clippers vs. Lakers
April 6, 7 p.m. ET ESPN Pacers vs. Cavaliers
April 6, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN Mavericks vs. Rockets
April 7, 8 p.m. ET TNT Heat vs. Bulls
April 7, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Spurs vs. Warriors
April 9, 8:30 p.m. ET ABC Bulls vs. Cavaliers
April 12, 8 p.m. ET TNT Spurs vs. Thunder
April 12, 10:30 p.m. ET TNT Clippers vs. Grizzlies
April 13, 8 p.m. ET ESPN Hornets vs. Magic
April 13, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN Lakers vs. Jazz