The New Orleans Hornets were not included in any of the 20 nationally-televised games announced during an hour-long NBA TV show tonight, meaning all details of the team’s 82-game schedule will be made official on Tuesday, Aug. 10. The Hornets were given a total of nine games on national TV last season (ESPN, TNT, ABC), but based on past history, that number may potentially decrease after the club’s first non-playoff finish since 2007. Here is the list of national TV games that were announced by the league tonight (all times Central):
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Miami at Boston (TNT), 6:30 p.m.
Houston at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT), 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Chicago at Oklahoma City (ESPN), 7 p.m.
Portland at Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN), 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 28
Washington at Orlando (TNT). 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Utah (TNT), 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29
Orlando at Miami (ESPN/ESPN Deportes), 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix (ESPN/ESPN Deportes), 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Denver at Houston (NBA TV), 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31
Utah at Oklahoma City (NBA TV), 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 1
Portland at Chicago (NBA TV), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 25
Chicago at New York (ESPN/ESPN Deportes), 11 a.m.
Boston at Orlando (ABC), 1:30 p.m.
Miami at Los Angeles Lakers (ABC), 4 p.m.
Denver at Oklahoma City (ESPN), 7 p.m.
Portland at Golden State (ESPN), 9:30 p.m.
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Monday, Jan. 17
Chicago at Memphis (ESPN) 12 p.m.
Sacramento at Atlanta (NBA TV) 3 p.m.
Orlando at Boston (TNT), 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT), 9:30 p.m.
In case you were wondering, the teams represented the most frequently on this list are Chicago, Orlando, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers, at four games apiece. Including New Orleans, there are 12 NBA teams that were not mentioned on the 20-game early release. The others are New Jersey, Philadelphia, Toronto, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Dallas, San Antonio and Minnesota.