Opening Night for the 2019-20 NBA Season is still a couple of months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about it now, right?
In the aftermath of the disassembling of the Oklahoma City Thunder as the world knew it, there hasn’t been much to talk about—or get excited for—over the last few weeks, but the NBA released the full schedule for the upcoming season, so let’s break it down, shall we?
- As expected, the Thunder’s national exposure has decreased significantly. OKC will be on national TV just 3 times (down from 27 last season), and for the first time in a decade, they will not play on Christmas Day.
- The Thunder will be featured on ESPN twice, TNT once, and NBA TV 9 times.
- Fox Sports Oklahoma will televise 81 of the Thunder’s 82 games, and every game will be broadcast on WWLS-The Sports Animal (98.1 FM) in Oklahoma City.
- The Thunder will play a season-long five consecutive home games starting on December 16th and ending on December 26th.
- The Thunder have two different four-game road trips: December 8th-December 14th and January 2nd-January 7th.
- The Thunder will play in 13 back-to-backs—one more than a season ago—which includes 5 road/road, 6 home/road, and 2 home/home.
- October: 5 games (3 home, 2 road)
- November: 13 games (7 home, 6 road)
- December: 15 games (8 home, 7 road)
- January: 17 games (7 home, 10 road)
- February: 10 games (7 home, 3 road)
- March: 14 games (5 home, 9 road)
- April: 8 games (4 home, 4 road)
- The Thunder opens up the season on Wednesday, October 23rd, at 7 PM CT on the road against the Utah Jazz.
The Thunder’s home opener is on Friday, October 25th, at 7 PM CT against the Washington Wizards.
- The Thunder will face off against Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and the Rockets for the first time on October 28th in Houston at 7 PM CT.
- Paul George will make his return to Oklahoma City on Sunday, December 22nd, at 6 PM CT.
- For the third consecutive season, the Thunder will host the Dallas Mavericks on New Year’s Eve at 7 PM CT.
- Russell Westbrook will make his return to Oklahoma City on January 9th. The game will tip-off at 8:30 PM CT and will be aired on TNT.
- The Thunder will play the Rockets in Houston on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 4 PM CT.
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