ESPN to Televise Five NBA Preseason Games in October


ESPN to Televise Five NBA Preseason Games in October


  • Los Angeles Lakers, Lonzo Ball to Make Two Appearances
  • New-look Cleveland Cavaliers with Isaiah Thomas and Boston Celtics with Kyrie Irving in Action

ESPN today announced it will televise five NBA preseason games this October, including back-to-back doubleheaders. The schedule will start on Sunday, Oct. 8, as the Los Angeles Lakers and rookie Lonzo Ball, in the first of two appearances, will take on the Sacramento Kings and De’Aaron Fox at 9 p.m. ET. This game will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James and new acquisition Isaiah Thomas, will host the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, the Lakers and Ball will host the Utah Jazz at 10:30 p.m.

Less than 24 hours later, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Boston Celtics and new acquisition Kyrie Irving will host the Charlotte Hornets at 7 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., the Houston Rockets and James Harden and Chris Paul will visit the Memphis Grizzlies and Marc Gasol.

All ESPN NBA games are also streamed live via the ESPN App.

Date Time (ET) Game
Sun, Oct. 8 9 p.m. Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers
Tue, Oct. 10 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Oct. 11 7 p.m. Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets
9:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies



ESPN NBA contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. Twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or [email protected]. Twitter:   @Gianina_ESPN.



Gianina Thompson

“Never wish for it more than you work for it.” My dad has told me this ever since we watched the New York Yankees win the World Series in 1996. Living by those words has brought me to ESPN as their Senior Publicist for NBA, MLB, FIBA, and Little League. Working for the World Wide Leader in Sports, it comes naturally that I have a competitive nature. Competing on a Division 1 college rowing team and receiving both my master’s and bachelor’s degrees before turning 22 years old, further illustrates that. Sports are more than entertainment; it’s hopes for something bigger than yesterday.
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