NBA on TNT's 2018-19 regular season schedule to feature 66 games, highlighted by opening night Oct. 16 –

Turner Sports, entering its 35th consecutive year of NBA coverage, will feature a 66-game schedule during the 2018-19 NBA regular season including a marquee Opening Night doubleheader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tripleheader and the return of Players Only telecasts on eight Tuesdays beginning in January. The network will showcase the league’s biggest stars, including 13 appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James and the Houston Rockets, last season’s No. 1 seed in the Western Conference led by NBA MVP James Harden; 12 appearances by both the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics;11 by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers; and eight by the Milwaukee Bucks. TNT will televise doubleheaders on 21 Thursdays and 10 Tuesdays throughout the regular season.

TNT will officially tip off the 2018-19 NBA regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 16, with a premier doubleheader featuring three former Kia NBA Most Valuable Player award winners — the NBA Champion Warriors, with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant,hosting the explosive Thunder with Russell Westbrook at 10:30 p.m. ET. Preceding the Thunder/Warriors matchup, TNT will showcase two Eastern Conference powers — the Celtics with Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum vs. the 76ers with Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid at 8 p.m.

TNT’s coverage of Autotrader Premiere Weekwill continue Thursday, Oct. 18, with a doubleheader featuring James’ highly-anticipated Lakers debut vs. the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard at 10:30 p.m. The night’s first game will feature the 76ers and Simmons hosting the Chicago Bulls and off-season acquisition Jabari Parker at 8 p.m.

Additionally, an NBA on TNT tripleheader on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 21) will showcase the defending NBA Champion Warriors visiting the Lakers and James at 10:30 p.m. MLK Day coverage will

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