Cavaliers release 2017-18 regular season schedule

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WYTV) – The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2017-18 campaign on Tuesday, October 17 at Quicken Loans Arena against the Boston Celtics in a nationally televised game between last year’s Eastern Conference Finals opponents at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT. This will mark the eighth time in nine years the Cavs will tip off the season at The Q, where they will play 17 weekend home dates comprised of five Friday games, seven Saturday games and five Sunday games. The Cavaliers are slated to appear on at least 39 national television broadcasts, 20 of which will originate from downtown Cleveland at The Q.

Nationally televised games include:
10 games on ESPN (Oct. 20 at Milwaukee, Nov. 3 at Washington, Nov. 15 at Charlotte, Jan. 3 at Boston, Feb. 7 vs. Minnesota, March 7 at Denver, March 11 at L.A. Lakers, March 19 vs. Milwaukee, March 21 vs. Toronto and March 30 vs. New Orleans).

12 games on TNT (Oct. 17 vs. Boston, Nov. 9 at Houston, Dec. 14 vs. L.A. Lakers, Jan. 11 at Toronto, Jan. 15 vs. Golden State, Jan. 23 at San Antonio, Jan. 30 at Detroit, Feb. 13 at Oklahoma City, Feb. 22 vs. Washington, March 1 vs. Philadelphia, March 27 at Miami and April 5 vs. Washington).

5 games on ABC (Dec. 25 at Golden State, Jan. 20 vs. Oklahoma City, Feb. 3 vs. Houston, Feb. 11 at Boston and Feb. 25 vs. San Antonio).

12 games on NBA TV (Oct. 24 vs. Chicago, Nov. 7 vs. Milwaukee, Nov. 24 vs. Charlotte, Nov. 28 vs. Miami, Dec. 19 at Milwaukee, Jan. 2 vs. Portland, March 5 vs. Detroit, March 9 at L.A. Clippers, March 28 at Charlotte, April 1 vs. Dallas, April 6 at Philadelphia and April 9 at New York).

FOX Sports Ohio will broadcast a maximum 70 regular season games on television, including all games that are not national TV exclusives.

For the 14th time in franchise history, the Cavaliers will play on Christmas Day when they visit the Golden State Warriors in a 2017 NBA Finals rematch on ABC at 3:00 p.m. ET. The two teams will meet again when the Cavs host the Warriors in Cleveland for an MLK Day matchup on Jan. 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

The Wine and Gold will also compete on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) at Dallas and on Easter (April 1) versus the Mavericks at The Q.

Marquee opponents coming to Cleveland only once this season include the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, Dec. 14; the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Jan. 2; the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Jan. 20; the Houston Rockets on Saturday, Feb. 3 and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Cleveland will match up against each Eastern Conference opponent four times with the exception of Boston (one home, two road), Charlotte (one home, two road), Toronto (two home, one road) and Miami (two home, one road). Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice, once at The Q and once on the road.

Other ‘stats’ on Cleveland’s 2017-18 schedule include:
– 13 sets of back-to-back games (down from 18 last season), including five home-road sets (Oct. 24-25, Dec. 16-17, Jan. 2-3, Feb. 22-23 and April 5-6), six road-home sets (Oct. 20-21, Oct. 28-29, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 8-9, Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 6-7) and two road-road sets (Jan. 11-12 and March 27-28).
– Cleveland opens the season with seven of their first 11 games at The Q.
– The Cavs’ first road game will be against the Central Division Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 20.
– Three matinee games at home this season, which include Nov. 5 vs. Atlanta (3:00 p.m. ET), Jan. 20 vs. Oklahoma City (3:30 p.m. ET) and Feb. 25 vs. San Antonio (3:30 p.m. ET).
– Cleveland’s longest homestand consists of five games over nine days from Feb. 25-March 5, featuring matchups with San Antonio (Feb. 25), Brooklyn (Feb. 27), Philadelphia (March 1), Denver (March 3) and Detroit (March 5).
– The Cavs also have two four-game homestands (Dec. 9-Dec. 16 and March 30-April 5), two three-game homestands (Jan. 15-20 and March 19-23) and six two-game homestands (Oct. 21-24, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Nov. 5-7, Nov. 22-24, Jan. 26-28 and Jan. 31-Feb. 3).
– Their longest road trip, spanning six games over 11 days from March 7-17, includes trips to Denver (March 7), L.A. Clippers (March 9), L.A. Lakers (March 11), Phoenix (March 13), Portland (March 15) and Chicago (March 17).
– The Wine and Gold will head into the All-Star break after a three-game road trip from Feb. 9-13 against Atlanta (Feb. 9), Boston (Feb. 11) and Oklahoma City (Feb. 13) and will return from the break with six of their next seven games at The Q (Feb. 22-March 5).
– Cleveland will play nine road games in March, their most away games in a single month for the season.
– The Cavaliers will close out the regular season at home versus the New York Knicks on April 11.

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