The NBA’s official restart of its 2019-20 season in the Orlando bubble technically came Thursday night with a doubleheader featuring Pelicans vs. Jazz and Lakers vs. Clippers, but Saturday’s slate of NBA games is the second in what will be 15 straight days of nonstop basketball.
Each of the 22 teams that were invited to resume the NBA season after four-plus months away from the court is scheduled to play eight seeding games before the playoffs begin in mid-August. That means the NBA had to pack up to six games per day over the span of a couple weeks — a beautiful sight for basketball fans.
National TV broadcasts of the NBA games from the Orlando bubble will be shown by four different networks — ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBATV — and Saturday’s schedule features an ESPN quadruple-header.
Below is the complete schedule of NBA games for Saturday, Aug. 1, including the four national TV games.
Saturday’s schedule of games is about as good as it gets for the casual NBA fan. It features four national TV games in a row, all on ESPN. The only exception is the 76ers-Pacers game, which only will be available locally or on NBA League Pass.
ESPN and TNT are available from almost all United States cable providers, but NBATV is only offered by Verizon (channels 89 and 589) and Comcast (channels 734 and 478).
For those who have ESPN and TNT included in their cable/satellite subscriptions, live stream presentations of those networks’ NBA games can be found on the ESPN app and the Watch TNT app, respectively.
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, fuboTV, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each.
Of the four services, Hulu is the only one that does not carry NBATV. FuboTV carries NBATV but not ESPN or TNT.
All NBA seeding games played in Orlando also will be available to steam via NBA League Pass at a reduced price ($28.99) since there are so few games left in the season. However, games on NBA League Pass are blacked out in local markets.
The full 2020 NBA regular-season schedule, including tip-off times and TV channels, is listed below by date.
Times and TV channels for the final two days of seeding games have not yet been revealed.
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