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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2018-19 campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 17 on the road against the Toronto Raptors, marking the first time Cleveland will tip off the season on the road since 2015-16 and just the third time in the past 11 seasons. Cleveland’s home opener at Quicken Loans Arena will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 versus the Atlanta Hawks at 6:00 PM. The Cavaliers are slated to host 18 home weekend games comprised of five Friday games, eight Saturday games and five Sunday games.
Highlights of the home schedule include two matchups with Cleveland’s 2018 Eastern Conference Finals opponent, the Boston Celtics, on Feb. 5 and March 26, two games each versus the Toronto Raptors (Dec. 1 and March 11) and Indiana Pacers (Oct. 27 and Jan. 8), a matchup with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 21, a visit from the world champion Golden State Warriors on Dec. 5, a Sunday contest versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 16 and a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee game against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 21 at 1:00 PM. Cleveland will make two national television appearances on ESPN on Wednesday, Nov. 21 versus the Lakers and Wednesday, Feb. 13 versus Brooklyn.
Additional marquee opponents coming to Cleveland only once this season include the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Houston Rockets on Saturday, Nov. 24, the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, Feb. 25 and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, April 7.
Cleveland will match up against each Eastern Conference opponent four times with the exception of Atlanta (two home, one road), New York (two home, one road), Orlando (one home, two road) and Philadelphia (one home, two road). Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice – once at The Q and once on the road.
FOX Sports Ohio will broadcast 81 of Cleveland’s 82 regular season games on television, with the exception of the Nov. 21 matchup versus the Los Angeles Lakers, which will be carried exclusively on ESPN. All 82 Cavs games will again be broadcast on flagship radio stations WTAM 1100, FM 100.7 WMMS and the Cavaliers Radio Network, as well as La Mega 87.7 FM (Spanish).
Other ‘stats’ on Cleveland’s 2018-19 schedule include:
Cavs single game tickets for all 41 regular season home games and two preseason home games at Quicken Loans Arena are on sale to the general public at Cavs.com/tickets. There is a six (6) ticket limit per person per game (no game limit). Tickets will be distributed through Flash Seats, the Cavs’ official electronic ticketing platform. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Aug. 14, the Flash Seats and StubHub secondary marketplaces will open.
Tickets for the Cavs’ preseason game versus Detroit at Michigan State University on Oct. 12 will go on sale at a later date, to be announced soon.
The Cavaliers 2018-19 promotional giveaway and theme night schedule featuring fan-favorite giveaways and exciting theme nights at The Q will be released at a later date. Fans can follow the Cavs on Twitter (@Cavs), Instagram (@Cavs) and on Facebook (Facebook.com/Cavs) to stay up-to-date on the latest Cavs news.