– Record weekly primetime ‘NBA Saturdays’ and ‘NBA Sundays’ games make the NBA even more accessible to fans –
LONDON, Aug. 13, 2019 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that the 2019-20 NBA regular season will feature a record 48 primetime games in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as part of the league’s ‘NBA Saturdays’ and ‘NBA Sundays’ primetime initiative. For the first time, a primetime game will be available to fans both on Saturday and Sunday from the start of the season. The NBA’s full regular-season schedule was released yesterday, with the 74th regular season tipping off on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 and concluding on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
With more earlier scheduled tip-off times for games in the U.S. than ever before, fans in the region will be able to watch weekly live primetime games on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8.00pm CET from the start of the season, providing fans with a full weekend of primetime NBA action.
Some of the league’s biggest stars will feature as part of the weekend primetime games schedule, including the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, the Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving, the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, and international players including 2018-19 Kia NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), 2018-19 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz; France), 2018-19 All-NBA First Team member Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia) and 2018-19 Kia NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Champion Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon).
Fans will also be able to catch the NBA Paris Game 2020 presented by beIN SPORTS live in primetime on January 24, when the Charlotte Hornets host the Milwaukee Bucks.
Fans can go to nba.ecal.com to download their team calendar to their mobile device to receive tip-off time alerts and broadcast information for every game
Key ‘NBA Saturdays’ and ‘NBA Sundays’ European primetime games (see below for full schedule):
Week 1: The Miami Heat featuring Jimmy Butler take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks at 11pm CET on Saturday Oct. 26. While the 2019 NBA Finalists the Golden State Warriors’ take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:30pm CET on Sunday Oct. 27
Week 2: The 2019 number one NBA Draft pick Zion Williamson makes his European primetime debut with the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday Nov. 2 as they take on Italian Danilo Gallinari and the Oklahoma City Thunder at 10pm CET
Week 5: The Dallas Mavericks featuring Luka Doncic travel to Houston to take on James Harden and Russell Westbrooks’ Rockets on Sunday Nov. 24 at 9:30pm CET
Week 9: The 2019 NBA Champion Toronto Raptors host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday Dec. 22 at 9:30pm CET
Week 20: The new-look LA Clippers featuring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George host their cross-town rival Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on Sunday Mar. 8 at 9:30pm CET
Feature photo – Dylan Buell / Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images / NBAE / Double Clutch illustration – Matthew Wellington