Warriors, Celtics Face Off Saturday In “Battle Of The Best” Live On ABC

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ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by YouTube TV continues its 2018 broadcast season this Saturday night with another cross-conference matchup.

The Boston Celtics will be on the road Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors in a “Battle of the Best.”  Each team leads its respective conference and has an equal chance of taking the win in Saturday’s game, going by the numbers.

Both teams will come into Saturday’s matchup well-rested, having last played Tuesday, January 23.  Each won its respective game, too.  The Celtics have been almost as good on the road so far this season as they have been at home, going 17 – 6 on the road so far versus going 18 – 8 at home.  The team is 6 – 4 in its last 10 games, again with its most recent game ending in a win for the team.

Golden State meanwhile has proven to be slightly better on the road so far this season than at home, going 21 – 4 on the road and 17 – 6 at home.  The team has gone 8 – 2 in its last 10 games, with its most recent game also resulting in a win.

Again, looking at the numbers, Saturday’s match is sure to be a hard-fought battle that will be well worth the watch by any NBA fan.  Coverage is currently scheduled to start at 830 p.m. ET on ABC with Mike Breen on the call.  Analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will also be on hand for additional commentary alongside officiating analyst Steve Javie and sideline reporter Israel Gutierrez.

Saturday night’s broadcast will be preceded by NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk beginning at 8 p.m. ET.  Michelle Beadle will anchor the broadcast, and will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce for additional commentary.

More information on Saturday night’s broadcast is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nba

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NBA TV Launching New Program Monday Night

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NBA TV is launching a new program to its programming lineup.

The company announced this week that it will launch what it is calling Fast Break Mondays presented by Verizon beginning Monday, Jan. 22.  The new program is being marketed as a more in-depth broadcast, offering more for fans including quick-time polling, instant analysis and increased fan engagement.

New fan interactions and content are only a portion of what audience have to anticipate with NBA TV’s new program.  It will also feature plenty of live basketball action.  The program’s debut episode will feature a double header schedule that starts at 8 p.m. with a cross-conference matchup between the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets.  The L.A. Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves follow at 10:30 p.m. in a key Western Conference matchup.

Both games are certain to be interesting.  The Rockets (31 – 12), who will host the Heat (26 – 18) in the first game of the night, have proven to be just as good at home this season as on the road, going 16 – 6 at home and 15 – 6 on the road.  The team is 6 – 4 in its last 10 games and won its most recent game.  Miami meanwhile sit fourth in the East versus the Rockets being second in the West.  The Heat has also proven to be just as good on the road as at home, going 14 – 9 on the road and 12 – 9 at home.  The team has gone 8 – 2 in its last ten games, its most recent game resulting in a win, too.

The night’s second game is so important because of L.A.’s fight to stay in the playoff picture.  The Clippers (23 – 21) currently sit eighth in the conference, the last team in the West’s playoff race.  The team sits just above Denver (23- 22) in the race for that last spot.  Minnesota meanwhile sits fourth in the West at 29 – 18.  The T’Wolves are 23 – 7 in conference play versus the Clippers’ 17 – 13 conference record.  Both teams will have plenty to play for as they tip off Monday night, considering the numbers, making the game all the more critical and worth the watch.

More information on Monday’s games and on NBA TV’s new program is available along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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Western Conference Matchup Headlines ‘NBA Saturday Primetime On ABC Presented By YouTube TV’ Season Premiere

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ESPN’s flagship NBA program makes its annual return this weekend with a new sponsor.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by YouTube TV airs Saturday with a double header schedule that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Up first on the schedule is a special matinee broadcast on ABC featuring a cross-conference matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Cavs sit third in the Eastern Conference, seven games back from the conference leading Boston Celtics while the Thunder sit fifth in the Western Conference, 11.5 games back from the conference leading Golden State Warriors.

Though the Cavs currently sit in the top three in the East, the team has been struggling as of late, having gone 2 – 8 in its last 10 games.  The last four of those games — reaching back to last Monday, Jan. 8 — have all gone to the Cavs’ “L” column.  Cleveland looks to bounce back from that skid tonight as it takes on Orlando at 7 p.m. After that, the team will take a day off to rest up and prepare for Saturday’s game.

Oklahoma City, despite struggling during the season so far, is in the midst of a three-game winning streak, with its most recent win coming Wednesday against conference rival Los Angeles, 114 – 90.  The team will be off tonight and Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game.  It will need all the preparation it can get, as the team has struggled on the road this season, going 9 – 13 on the road versus going 15 – 13 at home.

Considering both teams’ records so far and most recently, Saturday afternoon’s game can go to either team.  Broadcast is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

The Warriors and Houston Rockets headline the day’s action at 8:30 p.m. on ABC in a 1-2 matchup in the Western Conference at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.  Houston is five games back from Golden State and has been impressive on the road so far this season, going 21 – 3 so far on the season.  The team comes into Saturday night’s game in the midst of a four-game winning streak while Houston — 5 – 5 in their last 10 games — has been off since falling to the Clippers 113 – 102 Jan. 15.  Houston will be back in action tonight against Minnesota in another Western Conference matchup hoping to rebound from that loss.

Saturday’s double header schedule is only part of the ESPN networks’ NBA schedule this week.  Two more games are on tap for Friday.  Those games are noted below along with Saturday’s schedule.

Thu, Jan 18 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce
ESPN
Fri, Jan 19 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne, Tracy McGrady
ESPN
  7 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ESPN
  8 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons
Ryan Ruocco, Doris Burke
ESPN
  10:30 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm: New York Knicks at Utah Jazz
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry
ESPN
Sat, Jan 20 3 p.m. NBA Countdown
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  3:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime presented by YouTube TV: Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Ryan Ruocco, Hubie Brown
ABC
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  8:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime presented by YouTube TV: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Steve Javie, Lisa Salters
ABC

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TNT To Feature Two Conference Matchups In Tonight’s Double Header Schedule

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TNT will feature two conference matchups tonight on its NBA on TNT broadcast schedule.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors are up first on the night in a 2-3 matchup in the Eastern Conference.  The host Raptors (28 – 11) are second in the east right ahead of the Cavs (26 – 14).

TNT’s TNT NBA Tip-Off precedes tonight’s broadcasts beginning at 7 p.m. ET live from the CES in Las Vegas with discussions from Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal.  The group will also provide live studio coverage throughout the night for each game.

The San Antonio Spurs (28 – 14) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (13 – 27) in the night’s second game.  While not a first versus worst matchup, the Western Conference foes’ matchup is still critical for both teams as the Lakers will look to keep from falling any further into the Western Conference basement as they face the Spurs.

Speaking of the Spurs, San Antonio currently sits third in the Western Conference, only five games back from the conference-leading Golden Stat Warriors.  That means that the Spurs will be playing hard to gain some ground on the Warriors.  Coverage of tonight’s matchup is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET.

More information on tonight’s double header schedule is available online along with more NBA news at:

 

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TNT Announces Matchups For Monday’s Triple Header Schedule

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TNT is bringing basketball fans a packed, near day-long schedule of games Monday.

The network’s NBA on TNT schedule starts at 5 p.m. with pre-game coverage that includes interviews with Bernice A. King and Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, the daughters of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X.  The interviews will be conducted by Isiah Thomas, and will include discussions on each man’s legacy, the families’ relationships and the now 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

The Memphis Grizzlies play host to the Los Angeles Lakers in a Western Conference matchup of who’s worse to open the day’s action.  Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Both teams sit in the basement in the Western Conference, with both teams sitting at 13 – 27, 19 games back from the conference-leading Golden Stat Warriors.  Memphis sits 13th in the conference while Los Angeles is right beneath the Grizzlies in 14th.  Only the Sacarmento Kings, who sit last in the conference, are worse than both teams.

Brian Anderson will anchor the Memphis/Los Angeles game.  He will be joined by analyst grant Hill for additional commentary.  Reporter Ros Gold-Onwude will be courtside with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The Warriors (33 – 9) take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (26 – 14) in the second game on the day’s schedule in a cross-conference matchup.  The Cavs currently sit third in the Eastern Conference, 5.5 games back from the Celtics while the Rockets are second in the West, only three games back from the Warriors.

Coverage is set to start at 8 p.m. ET.  Marv Albert will anchor the broadcast and will be joined by analyst Chris Webber for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ludlow will be courtside for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets (29 – 11) face off against the DeAndre Jordan and the LA Clippers to finish off the day’s hardwood action.  Coverage is set to start at 10:30 p.m. with Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller on the call.  reporter David Aldridge will be courtside with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

More information on TNT’s NBA coverage is available online along with all of the latest NBA news at:

 

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAONTNT

 

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NBA TV Announces Matchups For Monday’s Double Header Schedule

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NBA TV will air a special double header schedule of games next Monday.

The Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons are first on what will be a busy afternoon of basketball, with tip-off scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.  The Hornets (15 – 24) sit 11th in the Eastern Conference, 16 games back from the conference-leading Celtics, while the Pistons (22 – 18) sit in 8th in the conference, 9.5 games back from the Celtics, fighting one game at a time to keep their post season hopes alive.

The Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs face off in a David vs. Goliath cross-conference matchup at 3 p.m. to round out the day’s action.  The host Hawks sit dead last in the Eastern Conference at 11 – 30 while the Spurs (28 – 14) sit third in the Western Conference, five games back from the conference-leading Golden State Warriors.

Pre-game coverage for the day’s schedule starts at noon and includes a special sit-down interview with Dr. Bernice A. King and Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, the daughters of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.  The interviews will be hosted by Isiah Thomas.  They will include discussions on each man’s legacy, the families’ relationship and the now 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

More information on NBA TV’s schedule, news and more is available online at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBATV

 

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NBA TV Announces NBA Preseason Broadcast Schedule For NBA 2017 – ’18 Season

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NBA TV has announced its NBA pre-season broadcast schedule.

The network will broadcast 21 live pre-season games over the course of 13 days beginning Sept. 30 with a matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, California.

Oct. 2 will see the Celtics in action for the first time this pre-season as they take on the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30 p.m. The Nuggets and Lakers follow at 10:30 p.m.

The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City will make plenty of noise as they lead off day three of the network’s extensive pre-season coverage schedule. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 8 p.m., which is just the first of a triple-header scheduled for the day. Also scheduled for the evening is a matchup between the Suns and Trailblazers at 10 p.m.  That game will be followed by a matchup of the Warriors and Timberwolves at 1 a.m.

The network’s extensive schedule continues Oct. 4 with yet another triple-header schedule.  The Cavaliers and Hawks lead the night at 7 p.m. The Nuggets and Lakers follow at 10 p.m. and the Warriors and Timberwolves on the NBA China Games 2017presented by Master Kong.

The 76ers and Celtics round out the first five days of NBA TV’s extensive pre-season schedule.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Far more games are on tap for NBA TV’s NBA pre-season schedule.  The network’s full broadcast schedule is noted below.

2017 NBA TV Preseason Schedule (All Times Eastern)

      Date

Time

                    Matchup                                                         City

 

Saturday, Sept. 30

10 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Anaheim

Sunday, Oct. 1

6 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat

Miami

10 p.m.

LA Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors

Honolulu

Monday, Oct. 2

7:30 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics

Boston

 

10:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles

Tuesday, Oct. 3

8 p.m.

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Tulsa

10 p.m.

Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Portland

1 a.m.

Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers

Honolulu

Wednesday, Oct. 4

7 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland

10 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Ontario

2 a.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors

Shenzen, China

Thursday, Oct. 5

7:30 p.m.

Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn

10 p.m.

Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Portland

Friday, Oct. 6

7 p.m.

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia

Saturday, Oct. 7

7 p.m.

Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic

Orlando

Sunday, Oct. 8

7 a.m.

Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Shanghai, China

3 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards

Washington, D.C.

Monday, Oct. 9

7:30 p.m.

Houston Rockets at New York Knicks

New York

10 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings

Sacramento

Thursday, Oct. 12

7:30 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta

10:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings vs. LA Clippers

Los Angeles

 

More information on NBA TV’s NBA coverage during the 2017 – ’18 season is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.nba.com/nbatv

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nbatv

 

 

 

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