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NBA schedule 2022-23: Which teams have the most games on national TV? Warriors, Lakers, Celtics...

The NBA released the 2022-23 schedule with the national television schedule on Wednesday and Golden State will be in the spotlight most this year.

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The NBA released the 2022-23 schedule with the national television schedule on Wednesday and Golden State will be in the spotlight most this year.
EZRA SHAWAFP

The NBA is months from tipping off the new season, but the league gave us a little teaser on Wednesday afternoon when the the full schedule was released.

ABC, ESPN and TNT the national providers of NBA

Each of the 32 teams around the league now know their schedule from the middle of October until the end of …. When the season begins. If your are an avid fan of the NBA you might already be thinking of investing in NBA Game Pass, the league’s service that allows you to watch all of your favorites team’s games along with every game all year long.

If you are casual fan who flips on the TV when a big game is on, or when your favorite player is on the court you will probably just wait for the big games that are televised nationally.

There are a few networks that broadcast the NBA on a nation wide level. The first of which is ABC, which had right to the NBA Finals last season and will have the rights to the NBA Finals this season as well. ABC usually shows one or two of the biggest weekend matches during the regular season and lets ESPN broadcast the mid-week games. TNT is the other network that has the right to bring the country NBA games.

Between ABC, the ESPNs and TNT the NBA is essentially available seven days a week. ESPN gets the Monday, Wednesday and Friday games, while TNT broadcasts the Tuesday and Thursday games. And ABC will step in and take care of the weekend duties from ESPN on many, but not all occasions.

Biggest markets and brightest stars in spotlight

Obviously, the trick to peaking interest and ratings for these nationally televised games is putting the leagues best teams and the game’s biggest stars on the spotlight, so we are going to have loads of games with the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, LeBron James and the LA Lakers, Philly and Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic the the Denver Nuggets.

As you would expect the two Conference Champions, from big markets, are going to be the top televised teams in the nation. The defending champion Golden State Warriors will be primetime 24, while the Boston, Los Angeles, and Phoenix will get the spotlight 23 times, and the Los Angeles Clippers round out the top 10 with 22 nationally televised games.

Utah was a playoff team last year, but will only get three national games this season, along with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder who finished at the bottom of their respective conference standings. Here is the full list of teams’ national appearances.

Teams with the most nationally televised games

  • Golden State Warriors: 24
  • Boston Celtics: 23
  • Los Angeles Lakers: 23
  • Phoenix Suns: 23
  • Los Angeles Clippers: 22
  • Philadelphia 76ers: 21
  • Denver Nuggets: 20
  • Dallas Mavericks: 19
  • Memphis Grizzlies: 19
  • Milwaukee Bucks: 18
  • Brooklyn Nets: 17
  • Miami Heat: 17
  • Atlanta Hawks: 15
  • Portland Trail Blazers: 13
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: 12
  • New Orleans Pelicans: 12
  • New York Knicks: 12
  • Chicago Bulls: 11
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 7
  • Toronto Raptors: 7
  • Charlotte Hornets: 6
  • Sacramento Kings: 5
  • Houston Rockets: 4
  • Indiana Pacers: 4
  • San Antonio Spurs: 4
  • Washington Wizards: 4
  • Detroit Pistons: 3
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: 3
  • Orlando Magic: 3
  • Utah Jazz: 3
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