Cavs Announce 2008-09 Regular Season Schedule

CLEVELAND, OH - August 6th, 2008 - For the first time in five years, the Cleveland Cavaliers will begin the season away from Quicken Loans Arena as they tip off the 2008-09 campaign on Oct. 28 in a nationally-televised game against the NBA Champion Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. The Cavaliers will then play host to the Charlotte Bobcats in its home opener on Thurs., Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

View the complete 2008-09 schedule

The Cavaliers are slated to appear on the league maximum and an all-time franchise-high 34 national television broadcasts including:

  • 10 games on ESPN (Nov. 5 vs. Chicago, Dec. 10 at Philadelphia, Dec. 19 at Denver, Jan. 9 vs. Boston, Jan. 16 vs. New Orleans, Feb. 22 vs. Detroit, Feb. 27 at San Antonio, March 6 at Boston, April 3 at Orlando and April 8 vs. Washington)

  • 10 games on TNT (Oct. 28 at Boston, Nov. 13 vs. Denver, Dec. 25 vs. Washington, Jan. 15 at Chicago, Jan. 19 at the Los Angeles Lakers, Jan. 29 at Orlando, Feb. 26 at Houston, March 12 at Phoenix, March 19 vs. Portland and April 2 at Washington)

  • 5 games on ABC (Feb. 1 at Detroit, Feb. 8 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, March 29 vs. Dallas, April 5 vs. San Antonio and April 12 vs. Boston)

    Nationally televised games for the Cavaliers on NBATV along with the local television broadcast schedule on FSN Ohio and simulcasts scheduled for WUAB TV will all be announced at a later date. All games will be broadcast on WTAM 1100 AM Radio.

    Over the past three seasons, Cleveland has gone 145-101 (.589) during the regular season including an 88-35 (.715) record at The Q. The Cavaliers join Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix and San Antonio as the only five teams with 45 or more wins in each of the past three seasons. Cleveland is one of only three teams (Detroit and San Antonio) to have reached at least the second round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.

    This season’s 82-game schedule again consists of 41 home and 41 road games. The Cavaliers will face each Western Conference opponent twice this season, once at home and once on the road. Each Eastern Conference opponent will match up against Cleveland four times with the exception of Charlotte, New Jersey, Orlando and Toronto, whom the Cavs will play three times.

    The Cavaliers will play on Christmas for the second straight year and the ninth time overall in franchise history as they take on the Washington Wizards on Dec. 25 at The Q. Other marquee games on the home schedule include a pair of games against the Detroit Pistons (Feb. 22 and March 31), two matchups against Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics (Jan. 9 and April 12 - Easter) and a visit from reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kobe Bryant and the Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 8.

    The Cavaliers’ home schedule includes 20 weekend games with nine Friday games, four Saturday games and seven Sunday games. Cleveland will play six matinee games at home this season that will include matchups with the Boston Celtics (April 12) as well as visits from Western Conference powers Dallas (March 29), the Los Angeles Lakers (Feb. 8) and San Antonio (April 5).

    Cleveland will host a season-high four-game home stand on two separate occasions during the 2008-09 season (March 15-21 and March 25-31). The Cavaliers will play 12 of their final 17 games of the season at The Q. On three occasions, the Cavs will embark on four-game road trips (Dec. 13-21, Jan. 19-24 and Feb. 26-March 2). Cleveland will play a total of 19 back-to-back games throughout the 2008-09 season.

    Full season tickets are currently on sale (starting at only $704 a seat), while partial (multiple game) season ticket plans will go on sale later in August. Deposits for partial season ticket plans and group tickets (20 or more tickets to a single game) are now being accepted to determine seating location priority. Single game tickets will go on sale closer to the start of the season on a date to be announced. The Cavaliers 2008-09 promotional schedule will also be announced closer to the start of the season and before single game tickets go on sale. The Cavaliers’ preseason schedule will be released in the near future.

    For ticket information, fans can call 1-800-820-CAVS or visit