The NBA on ABC: This is ABC’s national TV schedule for the 2018-19 NBA Season

Christmas Day means a lot of different things when it comes to the NBA. Much like NFL games on the television on Thanksgiving, the NBA is part of the holiday tradition. Watching the slate of scheduled games on December 25th is akin to Christmas to many families as much as it is to unwrap gifts and have dinner with friends/family.

And despite missing out on Christmas Day with their friends and families, playing has become an honor for NBA players. The league  schedules some of the biggest rivalries and ensures a holiday display of the biggest NBA superstars. This year, franchises that made the NBA Playoffs will receive exclusive Christmas uniforms, too.

There’s also another meaning to this day, to the die hard NBA fans they know this is also the kickoff of ABC’s NBA TV schedule.

NBA on ABC TV Schedule

For as long as I can recall — going back to the 1980s and 1990s — Christmas Day was the start of the national TV schedule for the big networks. Christmas Day would mark the first of weekend afternoon games being shown on on one of the major networks.

For the 2018-19 NBA regular season, that means nearly 20 games an be seen on ABC on nearly ever Saturday and/or Sunday for the rest of the season. Here’s ABC’s NBA national TV schedule for 2018-19.

2018-19 NBA ABC Television Schedule
Tue Dec 25 Oklahoma City at Houston 3:00 PM ET ABC
Tue Dec 25 Philadelphia at Boston 5:30 PM ET ABC
Tue Dec 25 LA Lakers at Golden State 8:00 PM ET ABC
Sat Jan 19 Oklahoma City at Philadelphia 3:30 PM ET ABC
Sat Jan 19 LA Lakers at Houston 8:30 PM ET ABC
Sat Jan 26 Golden State at Boston 8:30 PM ET ABC
Sat Feb 02 LA Lakers at Golden State 8:30 PM ET ABC
Sat Feb 03 Oklahoma City at Boston 2:00 PM ET ABC
Sat Feb 09 Oklahoma City at Houston 8:30 PM ET ABC
Sun Feb 10 LA Lakers at Philadelphia 3:30 PM ET ABC
Sat Feb 23 Houston at Golden State 8:30 PM ET ABC
Sat Mar 02 Golden State at Philadelphia 8:30 PM ET ABC
Sun Mar 03 Houston at Boston 3:30 PM ET ABC
Sat Mar 09 Boston at LA Lakers 8:30 PM ET ABC
Sun Mar 10 Indiana at Philadelphia 3:30 PM ET ABC
Sat Mar 16 Golden State at Oklahoma City 8:30 PM ET ABC
Sun Mar 17 Philadelphia at Milwaukee 3:30 PM ET ABC
Sun Apr 07 Oklahoma City at Minnesota 3:30 PM ET ABC

This year’s ABC TV schedule heavily features five teams. The Golden State Warriors have as many appearances on the schedule as they do all-stars on their team (six)*. The LeBron-led Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and OKC Thunder are all tied for second with have five national broadcasts each.

* Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala

The NBA Playoffs on ABC

The above is solely for the regular season, but know that ABC will also broadcast some of the 2019 NBA Playoff games. Starting with the first round in mid-April, ESPN, TNT and ABC will show many of those first games. Those four TV networks also have the rights to broadcast the NBA semifinals which are set for the end of April, as well as the conference finals which are typically held in mid-May 2019.

Last but not least, the 2019 NBA Finals schedule usually starts at the end of May/early June of which ABC will broadcast each championship game. Watch this space for NBA Playoff TV schedules as the season wears on.

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