2020 NBA Restart Schedule: Dates, TV Info for Seeding Games, Playoffs

Jesse Pantuosco
June 26, 2020 - 5:48 pm

After weeks of careful plotting, the NBA finally has a concrete schedule for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Our beloved NBA will officially return from its four-month COVID hiatus on July 30 with a Thursday night doubleheader at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando. That slate will include a 6:30 PM ET showdown between the Utah Jazz and the Zion Williamson-led New Orleans Pelicans with the Lakers and Clippers squaring off in a battle of Western Conference heavyweights at 9 PM ET. Both games will air on TNT. Each of the remaining 22 teams will play a total of eight games to determine seeding before the NBA playoffs begin on August 17.

National broadcasts will alternate between ESPN, ABC and TNT with all other games shown locally. Coverage and start times for games played on August 13-14—the final two days of the regular season—will be selected at a later date. Play-in games for the eighth seed in each conference (if necessary) will be staged August 15-16.

The Celtics and Lakers, historically the league’s most successful franchises, will be well-represented with six and seven games respectively on national TV. The Bucks, led by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, are slated for five national games, as are the Clippers and Pelicans. The only teams who will not appear on primetime are the Suns (currently 13th in the Western Conference) and Wizards (ninth in the East), both of whom are unlikely to qualify for the postseason. You can see when and who your favorite team is playing in Orlando by consulting the schedule below. Note: all nationally-televised games are bolded.

Thursday, July 30 

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 6:30 PM ET (TNT)

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9 PM ET (TNT)

Friday, July 31

Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2:30 PM ET

Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards, 4 PM ET

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 4 PM ET

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 PM ET (ESPN)

Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs, 8 PM ET

Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks, 9 PM (ESPN)

Saturday, August 1

Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets, 1 PM ET (ESPN)

Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 3:30 PM ET (ESPN)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 6 PM ET (ESPN)

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers, 7 PM ET

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors, 8:30 P.M. (ESPN)

Sunday, August 2

Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2 PM ET

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics, 3:30 PM ET (ABC)

San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 PM ET

Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, 6 PM ET

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets, 8 PM ET (ABC)

Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic, 9 PM ET

Monday, August 3

Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat, 1:30 PM ET

Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 4 PM ET

Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards, 4 PM ET

Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 6:30 PM ET (ESPN)

San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 8 PM ET

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, 9 PM ET (ESPN)

Tuesday, August 4

Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 1:30 PM ET

Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings, 2:30 PM ET

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 4 PM ET

Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers, 6 PM ET

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, 6:30 PM ET (TNT)

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 9 PM ET (TNT)

Wednesday, August 5

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz, 2:30 PM ET

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards, 4 PM ET

Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs, 4 PM ET

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 6:30 PM ET (ESPN) 

Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic, 8 PM ET

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 9 PM ET (ESPN)

Thursday, August 6

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings, 1:30 PM ET

Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns, 4 PM ET

Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 4 PM ET (TNT)

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 6:30 PM ET (TNT)

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets, 8 PM ET

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets, 9 PM ET (TNT)

Friday, August 7

Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs, 1 PM ET

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 PM ET

Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets, 5 PM ET

Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 PM ET (TNT) 

Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8 PM ET

Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors, 9 PM ET (TNT)

Saturday, August 8

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 1 PM ET (TNT)

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets, 3:30 PM ET (TNT)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers, 6 PM ET (TNT) 

Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 PM ET

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 PM ET (ESPN)

Sunday, August 9

Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 12:30 PM ET

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors, 2 PM ET

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 3 PM ET (ABC)

Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics, 5 PM ET

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 6:30 PM ET

Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings, 8 PM ET

Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 9 PM ET

Monday, August 10

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns, 2:30 PM ET

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz, 3 PM ET

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 PM ET (ESPN)

Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat, 8 PM ET

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9 PM ET (TNT)

Tuesday, August 11

Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic, 1 PM ET

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs, 2 PM ET

Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 4:30 PM ET

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 5 PM ET

Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 6:30 PM ET (TNT)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings, 9 PM ET (TNT)

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards, 9 PM ET

Wednesday, August 12

Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets, 4 PM ET

Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 PM ET (ESPN)

Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 PM ET

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets, 9 PM ET (ESPN)

Thursday, August 13

Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics, TBD

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic, TBD

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies, TBD

Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, TBD

San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz, TBD

Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers, TBD

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets, TBD

Friday, August 14

Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors, TBD

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets, TBD

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers, TBD

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers, TBD

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