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NBA schedule 2016-17: Everything you need to know about the national TV schedule

The Warriors lead the league in appearances while the Nets and Magic will only be featured on national TV once.

We are months away from a new NBA season, but fans can already start planning their November nights. The national TV schedule for the 2016-17 season is out, and it's sure to inspire joy in the fans of the teams that will be featured over 20 times and anger on those who will only get to see their squad featured on a handful of nights.

It's important to remember that the schedule can change, as the league can and will flex certain matchups. As things stand now, however, the Golden State Warriors will get the most appearances for the second season in a row with 28. The Los Angeles Clippers rank second with 26, while the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls will get 25 nationally televised games. The San Antonio Spurs follow with 23 and the New York Knicks have 22, while the Los Angeles Lakers, who had 19 nationally televised games last year, will have 15 this time around.

TNT will get the first broadcast of the season, a double-header on opening night. First the Cavaliers and the Knicks face off in Cleveland, as the reigning champions will raise their first banner. Tip-off for the early game is 8 p.m. ET. Then, on the second game of the night, the Warriors will take on the Spurs in Oakland in a battle of elite Western teams. Tip-off for the late game is 10:30 p.m.

There were three teams which didn't have a single nationally televised game last season: the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons. That will change this year, as those teams will combine for 12 appearances. Fans of the Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings, on the other hand, will only get to see their team on national TV once. The New Orleans Pelicans, who enjoyed 13 nationally televised games last year, will only get five this time around after a disappointing 2015-16 season.

Here's a list of the how many games each team will have on national TV. A total of 164 games will air on ABC, ESPN and TNT this season.

After opening day, the second-biggest TV day of the season for the NBA is Christmas. The slate will feature a rematch between last season's finalists, the Cavaliers and Warriors, as well as matchups between the Knicks and Celtics, the Bulls and Spurs, the Timberwolves and Thunder and the Clippers and Lakers. ESPN and ABC will broadcast the five games.

The final big TV day for the league is Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. TNT will debut its new Monday Night Games package for that occasion, which will feature a Finals rematch between the Warriors and Cavaliers and a clash between the Thunder and Clippers. It will be the first of 10 double-headers the network will televise on Mondays, a new addition to their slate.

This year's schedule continued to focus on limiting back-to-backs, which means that on Thursdays and Saturdays TNT and ABC, respectively, will broadcast featured matchups but won't have exclusivity, meaning other games will be played as well.

Click here for the full schedule of TNT games for the 2016-17 season.

Click here for the full schedule of ESPN and ABC games for the 2016-17 season.