Must-Watch NBA National TV Games of 2019-20 Regular Season

John Healy
October 14, 2019 - 3:11 pm
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The much-anticipated 2019-20 NBA season is here, and it is quite a different look from the past year. With several star players switching teams in free agency, and the addition of another potential superstar-in-the-making from the NBA Draft, this season is filled with plenty of intriguing matchups.

List of Nationally Televised Games

• Oct. 22
New Orleans Pelicans at Toronto Raptors, 8 p.m., TNT
Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

The NBA opens the season with No. 1 pick Zion Williamson making his debut against the defending national champions. Of course, the Raptors are without Kawhi Leonard, who will make his debut in the next game with the Clippers when he takes on LeBron James, Anthony Davis in what should be the first of many highly-anticipated games between these two teams.

• Oct. 23
Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Oct. 24
Milwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets, 8 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. TNT

Kawhi Leonard returns to Golden State for the first time since crushing their dreams of a three-peat, but this time he is with the Clippers and looks to stand in their way in the Western Conference.

Kawhi Leonard greets his Clippers teammates.
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• Oct. 25
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m. ESPN
Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• Oct. 30
Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Oct. 31
Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. TNT
Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans, 9:30 p.m. TNT

• Nov. 1
Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets, 7 p.m. ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

• Nov. 6
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m. ESPN

The Rockets and Warriors have played some of the most intense playoff games over the past few years, but this time the teams will look different. The Rockets swapped out Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook, while the Warriors will be without Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, but will join D'Angelo Russell alongside Steph Curry in what should still be an intense matchup.

• Nov. 7
Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets, 8 p.m. TNT
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. TNT

Kemba Walker returns to face his former team as a member of the Boston Celtics, while Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers will be tested against Leonard and Paul George on the new-look Clippers.

Kemba Walker drives to the basket against the Cavaliers.
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• Nov. 8
Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m. ESPN

• Nov. 13
Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Nov. 14
Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Brooklyn Nets at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. TNT

Kristaps Porzingis returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in what could be an agonizing reminder to Knicks fans of what they once had.

• Nov. 15
Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies, 8 p.m. ESPN
Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• Nov. 20
Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Nov. 22
San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. ESPN
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• Nov. 27
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 7 p.m., ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

It’s “Revenge Night” in the NBA as both Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis face their former teams after unceremonious breakups. Irving will likely face a hostile crowd at the TD Garden as the Nets head to Boston, while the Pelicans will look to show they will be just fine without Davis, as No. 1 pick Zion Williamson will aim to steal the show against the Lakers.

• Dec. 3
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans, 7:30 p.m. TNT
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m. TNT

• Dec. 6
Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• Dec. 10
Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat, 8 p.m. TNT

• Dec. 11
Los Angeles Clippers at Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m., ESPN
New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

The NBA reunion tour continues into December, except this one will be a little happier. Kawhi Leonard will likely get a hero’s welcome, despite opting to join the Clippers, as he returns to Toronto for the first time since leading them to an NBA title last season. We also get a Zion Williamson vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo matchup in the second game of the ESPN doubleheader.

• Dec. 12
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. TNT
Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. TNTN

It always makes for good theater when Philadelphia and Boston square off, and this should be no different as the two Eastern Conference contenders square off at the TD Garden. They’ll be followed by last year’s Western Conference-best Denver Nuggets, who once again seem to be flying under the radar.

Sixers' Joel Embiid celebrates a victory over the Celtics.
Photo credit Getty Images

• Dec. 13
Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat, 8 p.m. ESPN
Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 18
Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Dec. 19
Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. TNT
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. TNT

It's old vs. new in a matchup between LeBron and Giannis in an appetizer leading up the the Christmas Day games. It's followed by Western Conference powers Houston and the Clippers as James Harden and Russell Westbrook take on Kawhi and Paul George.

• Dec. 20
Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. ESPN
New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• Dec. 25, Christmas Day Games
Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors, Noon, ESPN
Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers, 2:30 p.m. ABC
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors, 5 p.m. ABC
Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers, 8 p.m. ESPN & ABC
New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

This year's Christmas Day slate of games is a star-studded lineup that features conference matchups between teams that all made the playoffs last season, with the exception of the late-night game, although the Pelicans bring the star-power with Zion. Any one of these games could be a preview of the conference finals and should make for an exciting holiday.

• Dec. 26
New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets, 8 p.m. TNT
Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. TNT

• Jan. 3
Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets, 8 p.m. ESPN
New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• Jan. 8
Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Jan. 10
New Orleans Pelicans at New York Knicks, 8 p.m. ESPN
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

Zion Williamson steps foot in Madison Square Garden after the Knicks' tanking efforts to get the No. 1 pick failed. It will still feature a matchup between Zion and his former Duke teammate, RJ Barrett, and the two could very well be battling for the Rookie of the Year.

• Jan. 15
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

This doubleheader could bet two potential playoff previews. Last year, the Sixers eliminated the Nets in five games, but with Kyrie Iriving in Brooklyn now, the Nets look to show they have taken a step forward in competing among the elite in the East.

• Jan. 16
Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. TNT
Denver nuggets at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. TNT

• Jan. 17
Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

• Jan. 18
Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans, 3:30 p.m. ABC
Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets, 8:30 p.m. ABC

Kawhi and Paul George vs. Zion, followed by Lebron and AD vs. Westbrook and Harden? That's a star-studded Saturday matinee worth tuning in for to liven up the middle of winter.

• Jan. 20
New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies, 5 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. TNT
Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. TNT

TNT will boast a triple-header on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will leadoff with a matchup featuring the top two picks in this year's NBA Draft in Zion Williamson vs. Ja Morant.

• Jan. 22
Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Jan. 23
Los Angeles Lakers at Brooklyn Nets, 8 p.m. TNT
Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. TNT

• Jan. 24
Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m. ESPN

• Jan. 25
Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers, 8:30 p.m. ABC

LeBron James in a Lakers preseason game in China.
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• Jan. 26
Boston Celtics at New Orleans Pelicans, 6 p.m. ESPN

• Jan. 28
Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. TNT

• Jan. 29
Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Jan. 30
Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. TNT
Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. TNT

• Jan. 31
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets, 8 p.m. ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 ESPN

• Feb. 1
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ABC

• Feb. 2
New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets, 2 p.m. ABC

• Feb. 4
Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans, 7:30 p.m. TNT
Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets, 10 p.m. TNT

It's Zion vs. Giannis to start the night, followed by two of the more underrated teams in the Western Conference in the Trail Blazers and Nuggets — a rematch of last year's Western Conference Semifinals, which went seven games.

Damian Lillard brings the ball up against the Nuggets in Jan. 2019.
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• Feb. 5
Golden State Warriors at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz, 10 p.m. ESPN

While Kevin Durant will be out for the season, this will be the first time when he will get to see his former team, which has ex-Net D'Angelo Russell making his return to Brooklyn.

Stephen Curry high-fives new teammate D'Angelo Russell.
Photo credit USA Today Sports

• Feb. 6
Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. TNT
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. TNT

• Feb. 7
Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers, 8 p.m. ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• Feb. 8
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m. ABC

• Feb. 11
Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. TNT
Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets, 9:30 p.m. TNT

• Feb. 12
Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets, 10 p.m. ESPN

• Feb. 13
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. TNT

• Feb. 20
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. TNT
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. TNT

• Feb. 21
Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m. ESPN
New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• Feb. 22
Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks, 8:30 p.m. ABC

• Feb. 23
Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ABC

• Feb. 25
Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors, 7:30 p.m. TNT
New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. TNT

• Feb. 26
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Boston Celtics at Utah Jazz, 10 p.m. ESPN

Kristaps Porzingis with the Dallas Mavericks in preseason.
Photo credit USA Today Sports

• Feb. 27
Portland Trail Blazers at Indiana Pacers, 8 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. TNT

• Feb. 28
Oklahoma City Thunder at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. ESPN
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

Feb. 29
Houston Rockets at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ABC

• March 1
Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers, 3:30 p.m. ABC
Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m. ESPN

• March 3
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. TNT
Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. TNT

As the calendar shifts to March, games start to take on more significance as playoff seeding becomes a factor. The Nets and Celtics could be fighting for the top of the Atlantic Division, while the Sixers also likely figure to be in the mix, but will be out west dealing with LeBron and AD.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James prepare for a preseason game with Lakers.
Photo credit USA Today Sports

• March 4
Orlando Magic at Miami Heat, 7 p.m. ESPN
Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

• March 5
Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets, 8 p.m. TNT
Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. TNT

March 7
Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m. ABC

• March 8
Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers, 3:30 p.m. ABC

• March 10
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs, 8 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m.

• March 11
Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m. ESON

• March 12
Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. TNT
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. TNT

With the playoff races heating up, both these matchups figure to be potential playoff previews.

• March 14
Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks, 8:30 p.m. ABC

• March 15
Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers, 3:30 p.m. ABC
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers, 9 p.m. ESPN

• March 16
Golden State warriors at Toronto Raptors, 8 p.m. ESPN
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

• March 18
Golden state Warriors at Indiana Pacers, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. ESPN

• March 24
Los Angeles Lakers at Toronto Raptors, 7:30 p.m. TNT
San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz, 10 p.m. TNT

• March 25
Los Angeles Clippers at Brooklyn Nets, 7 p.m. ESPN
Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

• March 31
Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. TNT
Denver Nuggets at Golden Sate Warriors 10 p.m. TNT

• April 1
Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks, 9 p.m. ESPN

• April 2
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets, 8 p.m. TNT
Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. TNT

• April 5
Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics, 3:30 p.m. ABC

• April 7
Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz, 10 p.m. TNT

• April 8
Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics, 7 p.m. ESPN
San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

April 9
Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. TNT
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m.m TNT

• April 11
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, 8:30 p.m. ABC

• April 14
Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. TNT
Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz, 10 p.m. TNT

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