NBA releases schedule for season restart in Orlando



The NBA officially revealed its schedule for the resumption of the 2019-20 season following the coronavirus-enforced break, and opening night features a star rookie and a marquee matchup. 

Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face the Utah Jazz at the Disney World complex near Orlando at 6:30 p.m. ET on July 30 in the first game of the resumed season, which will consist of a 22-team format.

The second game of the nationally televised doubleheader, at 9 p. has LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers facing Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers.  

The opening game will come more than four months after the season was paused on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert became the first player in the league to test positive for COVID-19.

On Friday, the league officially completed talks with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on the terms for restarting the season, paving the way for the 88-game schedule of what are being called seeding games between 22 teams to be released. 

“We’re coming back because sports matter in our society,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “They bring people together when they need it most.”

Each team will play eight “seeding” games that will take place in a 16-day span before ending on August 14.

The league will then begin a typical playoff format with the NBA Finals set to begin September 30 and ending no later than October 13. 

Excluding the opening night of the restart, there will be between four to seven games each day spread across three different courts. 

Games will start as early as 1 p.m. ET on weekdays, 12:30 on weekends and ending with 9 p.m. ET starts.  

Here are the schedules for the 22 teams:

Boston Celtics

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Sunday, Aug. 2 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • vs. Miami Heat: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Wednesday Aug. 5 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Friday, Aug. 7 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Orlando Magic: Sunday, Aug. 9 (5 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Washington Wizards: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Brooklyn Nets

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Washington Wizards: Sunday, Aug. 2 (2 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Boston Celtics: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Friday, Aug. 7 (5 p.m. ET)
  • vs. LA Clippers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Orlando Magic: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (1 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Dallas Mavericks

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Friday, July 31 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Sunday, Aug. 2 (9 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (2:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. LA Clippers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Utah Jazz: Monday, Aug. 10 (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (5 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Denver Nuggets

  • vs. Miami Heat: Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Utah Jazz: Saturday, Aug. 8 (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Monday, Aug. 10 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. LA Clippers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Houston Rockets

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Friday, July 31 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Sunday, Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Sunday, Aug. 9 (8 p.m. ET)
  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Indiana Pacers

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (7 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Washington Wizards: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Orlando Magic: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Miami Heat: Monday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Houston Rockets: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Miami Heat: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

LA Clippers

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Saturday, Aug. 1 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Thursday, Aug. 6 (6:30 ET, TNT)
  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (1 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Sunday, Aug. 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • vs. LA Clippers: Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Saturday, Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Utah Jazz: Monday, Aug. 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Houston Rockets: Thursday, Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Monday, Aug. 10 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Sunday, Aug. 2 (4 p.m. ET)
  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Monday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Utah Jazz: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (2:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday, Aug. 7 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Sunday, Aug. 9 (2 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Boston Celtics: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Miami Heat

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Monday, Aug. 3 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Boston Celtics: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Saturday, Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Monday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Milwaukee Bucks

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Houston Rockets: Sunday, Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Miami Heat: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Monday, Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Washington Wizards: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • vs. Utah Jazz on Thursday, July 30 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. LA Clippers on Saturday, August 1 (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, August 3 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Sacramento Kings on Thursday, August 6 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Washington Wizards on Friday, August 7 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, August 9 (3:00 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • vs. Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, August 11 (9:00 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Orlando Magic on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • vs. Utah Jazz on Saturday, August 1 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Denver Nuggets on Monday, August 3 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, August 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, August 7 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Washington Wizards on Sunday, August 9 (12:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Phoenix Suns on Monday, August 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Miami Heat on Wednesday, August 12 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. LA Clippers on Friday, August 14 (TBD, TBD)

Orlando Magic

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets on Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Sacramento Kings on Sunday, August 2 (6:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, August 4 (6:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, August 5 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, August 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Boston Celtics on Sunday, August 9 (5:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, August 11 (1:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • vs. Indiana Pacers on Saturday, August 1 (7:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. San Antonio Spurs on Monday, August 3 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Washington Wizards on Wednesday, August 5 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Orlando Magic on Friday, August 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, August 9 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, August 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, August 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Houston Rockets on Friday, August 14 (TBD, TBD)

Phoenix Suns

  • vs. Washington Wizards on Friday, July 31 (4:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, August 2 (9:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. LA Clippers on Tuesday, August 4 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Indiana Pacers on Thursday, August 6 (4:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Miami Heat on Saturday, August 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, August 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, August 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, July 31 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Boston Celtics on Sunday, August 2 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • vs. Houston Rockets on Tuesday, August 4 (9:00 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Denver Nuggets on Thursday, August 6 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. LA Clippers on Saturday, August 8 (1:00 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, August 9 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, August 11 (5:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)

Sacramento Kings

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs on Friday, July 31 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Orlando Magic on Sunday, August 2 (6:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, August 4 (2:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, August 6 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Brooklyn Nets on Friday, August 7 (5:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Houston Rockets on Sunday, August 9 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, August 11 (9:00 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)

San Antonio Spurs

  • vs. Sacramento Kings on Friday, July 31 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, August 2 (4:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, August 3 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, August 5 (4:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Utah Jazz on Friday, August 7 (1:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, August 9 (3:00 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • vs. Houston Rockets on Tuesday, August 11 (2:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Utah Jazz on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)

Toronto Raptors

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, August 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Miami Heat on Monday, August 3 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. Orlando Magic on Wednesday, August 5 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Boston Celtics on Friday, August 7 (9:00 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, August 9 (2:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, August 10 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, August 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Denver Nuggets on Friday, August 14 (TBD, TBD)

Utah Jazz

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, July 30 (6:30 ET, TNT)
  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, August 1 (3:30 ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, August 3 (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, August 5 (2:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. San Antonio Spurs on Friday, August 7 (1:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Denver Nuggets on Saturday, August 8 (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • vs. Dallas Mavericks on Monday, August 10 (3:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)

Washington Wizards

  • vs. Phoenix Suns on Friday, July 31 (4:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, August 2 (2:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Indiana Pacers on Monday, August 3 (4:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, August 5 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, August 7 (8:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, August 9 (12:30 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, August 11 (9:00 p.m. ET)
  • vs. Boston Celtics on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)





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