ESPN & ABC will air 104 nationally televised games on cable and broadcast TV.
ESPN will air almost weekly NBA games, including weekly doubleheaders on Wednesday and Friday nights. ABC will air nine Saturday Primetime and eight Sunday Showcase games, both beginning in January
Christmas Day: ABC will air a national broadcast tripleheader of NBA games on Christmas Day, including the third consecutive Christmas rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Other games include Washington at Boston, followed by a primetime meeting between Houston at Oklahoma City. ESPN will air one game at noon, as New York host Philadelphia.
Michelle Beadle is the new host of NBA Countdown and will be joined by Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Tracy McGrady. Paul Pierce joins the network and will make select appearances.
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson lead the broadcast games through the season and postseason, including the NBA Finals. Doris Burke becomes a full-time analyst and will continue to work as the courtside reporter for the NBA Finals
ABC and ESPN will both air up to 44 NBA Playoffs games, including coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN and the 2018 NBA Finals on ABC
Rachel Nichols returns as host of the ‘The Jump’ airing weekdays afternoons with various NBA/ESPN talent and reporters.
NBA on ESPN Talent
NBA Countdown (Studio) – Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Jalen Rose, Tracy McGrady
‘The Jump’ – Host: Rachel Nichols, Weekdays ESPN 3 pm
NBA on ESPN
Lead – Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson
Play-by-play – Mark Jones, Dave Pasch, Ryan Ruocco, Adam Amin
Game Analysts – Hubie Brown, Doris Burke
Courtside Reporters – Lisa Salters, Israel Gutierrez, Cassidy Hubbarth; Doris Burke (Postseason)
NBA on Christmas Day
Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks, ESPN Noon
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors, ABC 3 p.m.
Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics, ABC 5:30 p.m.
Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder, ABC 8 p.m.
NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, Saturdays 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 20: Oklahoma City at Cleveland (3:30 p.m.)
Saturday, January 20: Golden State at Houston
Saturday, January 27: Golden State at Boston
Saturday, February 3: Houston at Cleveland
Saturday, February 10: San Antonio at Golden State
Saturday, February 24: Oklahoma City at Golden State
Saturday, March 3: Boston at Houston
Saturday, March 10: San Antonio at Oklahoma City
Saturday, April 7: Oklahoma City at Houston
ABC NBA Sunday Showcase, Sundays 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 4: LA Lakers at Oklahoma City (2 p.m.)
Sunday, February 11: Cleveland at Boston
Sunday, February 25: San Antonio at Cleveland
Sunday, March 11: Golden State at Minnesota
Sunday, April 1: Houston at San Antonio
TNT will televise weekly Thursday night NBA doubleheaders during the regular season, as well as 10 weeks of Monday night games. They will air their lone Christmas night game betwen the Timberwolves and the Lakers.
TNT will be the exclusive home of NBA All-Star Weekend from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The weekend of February 18th will include the Rising Stars Challenge, All-Star Saturday Night, and the NBA All-Star Game, simulcast on TNT & TBS.
The Emmy award winning Inside the NBA pregame show returns with Ernie Johnson hosting, joined by Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal.
Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan, Chris Webber, and Reggie Miller are the primary broadcast teams with various other talent substituting
TNT will televise over 40 Playoff games as well as exclusive coverage of the Western Conference Finals.
NBA TV will present 106 simulcasts of NBA games from Regional Networks, including NBA TV Fan Night on Monday nights thru the end of 2017 and will return to Tuesdays for 2018. They will also broadcast a studio show highlighting in progress games around the league with a rotation of hosts, analysts, and insiders. NBA TV will have exclusive broadcasts of the Mexico Games (Nets vs Thunder on 12/7 and Nets vs Heat on 12/9) and the London Games (76ers at Celtics on 1/11/18).
NBA TV will broadcast ‘Players Only’ coverage every Tuesdays with game analysts hosting and proving play by play. Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas, and Kevin McHale will work in studio, while Greg Anthony will do play by play/host for the ‘Players Only Marquee Game’ along with Steve Smith for games called in studio. Dennis Scott joins the broadcast as a reporter at the site of the game. Players Only will air on NBA TV from the start of the season until mid-January, when it moves over to TNT.
Turner Sports Talent
Inside the NBA (Studio) – Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith
NBA on TNT
Play by Play – Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan, Brian Anderson, Ian Eagle
Game Analysts – Greg Anthony, Brent Barry, Grant Hill, Mike Fratello, Reggie Miller, Kevin McHale, Grant Hill, Steve Smith, Chris Webber
Courtside Reporters – David Aldridge, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Rebecca Haarlow, Lewis Johnson, Kristen Ledlow
NBA TV Studio Talent – David Aldridge, Greg Anthony, Brent Barry, Vince Cellini, Rick Fox, Mike Fratello, Jared Greenberg, Grant Hill, Stu Jackson, Rick Kamala, Stu Jackson, Ernie Johnson, Kristen Ledlow, Kevin McHale, Dennis Scott, Steve Smith, Isiah Thomas, Chris Webber, Matt Winer
NBA on TNT Schedule, Thursday 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17: Boston at Cleveland | Houston at Golden State
Thursday, October 19: New York at Oklahoma City | : LA Clippers at LA Lakers
Thursday, October 26: Boston at Milwaukee | New Orleans at Sacramento
Thursday, November 2: Golden State at San Antonio | LA Lakers at Portland
Thursday, November 9: Cleveland at Houston | Oklahoma City at Denver
Thursday, November 16: Golden State at Boston | Houston at Phoenix
Thursday, December 7: LA Lakers at Philadelphia | Houston at Utah
Thursday, December 14: LA Lakers at Cleveland | Dallas at Golden State
Thursday, December 21: Boston at New York | San Antonio at Utah
Monday, December 25: Minnesota at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 28: Houston at Boston | Philadelphia at Portland
Thursday, January 4: Golden State at Houston | Oklahoma City at LA Clippers
Thursday, January 11: Cleveland at Toronto | San Antonio at LA Lakers
Monday, January 15: LA Lakers at Memphis, 5:30 p.m. | Golden State at Cleveland | Houston at LA Clippers
Thursday, January 18: Philadelphia at Boston, 7 p.m. | Minnesota at Houston 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 23: Cleveland at San Antonio | Boston at LA Lakers
Thursday, January 25: Washington at Oklahoma City | Minnesota at Golden State
Tuesday, January 30: Cleveland at Detroit | Portland at LA Clippers
Thursday, February 1: Houston at San Antonio | Oklahoma City at Denver
Tuesday, February 6: Washington at Philadelphia | Oklahoma City at Golden State
Thursday, February 8: Boston at Washington | Oklahoma City at LA Lakers
Tuesday, February 13: Cleveland at Oklahoma City | San Antonio at Denver
Thursday, February 15: LA Lakers at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
Thursday, February 22: Washington at Cleveland | LA Clippers at Golden State
Tuesday, February 27: Washington at Milwaukee | LA Clippers at Denver
Thursday, March 1: Philadelphia at Cleveland | Minnesota at Portland
Tuesday, March 6: Houston at Oklahoma City | New Orleans at LA Clippers
Thursday, March 8: Boston at Minnesota |San Antonio at Golden State
Tuesday, March 20: Oklahoma City at Boston | Houston at Portland
Tuesday, March 27: Cleveland at Miami | Milwaukee at LA Clippers
Thursday, March 29: Oklahoma City at San Antonio | Milwaukee at Golden State
Tuesday, April 3: Golden State at Oklahoma City | San Antonio at LA Clippers
Thursday, April 5: Washington at Cleveland | Minnesota at Denver
Tuesday, April 10: Boston at Washington | Houston at LA Lakers
Thanks to Sammy for all of his work helping us put this primer together!