NBA 2018-19 schedule release: Christmas Day, season opener, MLK Day and LeBron’s first Lakers home game

There may still be a couple of months left until the start of the 2018-19 NBA season, but the excitement has already begun. Fans are pumped after some big free agency moves, and now they’re starting to get a sense of what the upcoming season will entail. That began earlier this week with the release of over/under win total projections by Las Vegas sports books, and now it’s continued with the slow rollout of the upcoming schedule. 

We likely won’t see the full schedule for a bit, but we do have some info on the games schedule for important dates like opening night and Christmas Day. As we prepare for the release, let’s go over a few things we know about the schedule.

NBA season-openers, opening week schedule

Last season, the start date was moved up from the fourth week in October to the third week in an effort to decrease back-to-backs and eliminate four-game-in-five-night scenarios. The league typically begins play on a Tuesday, and once again that is the case, with opening night set for Tuesday, Oct. 16. 

Here is the entire national TV schedule for opening week. 

Opening night, October 16:

October 17

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