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NBA schedule released for 2015–2016 season

The full NBA schedule for the 2015–2016 season was released Wednesday.
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The full NBA schedule for the 2015–2016 season was released Wednesday.

The season will open Oct. 27, with the Cavaliers at the Bulls, followed by the Pelicans and defending champion Golden State Warriors, who will receive their championship rings before the game. Both games will broadcast on TNT. Detroit will also play Atlanta that night. 

Other intriguing opening week games include Spurs at Thunder Oct. 28, and Mavericks at Clippers Oct. 29.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 looks like a date worth circling as the Mavericks host controversial almost-MavDeAndre Jordan and the Clippers for the first time this season. In the second part of an ESPN doubleheader, LaMarcus Aldridge makes his return to Portland as a member of the Spurs.

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Christmas Day highlights five nationally-broadcasted games: Pelicans at Heat (ESPN), Bulls at Thunder (ABC), and the Cavaliers at the Warriors (ABC) in an NBA Finals rematch. The night games are Spurs at Rockets (ESPN) and Lakers at Clippers (ESPN), to conclude the league's customary all-day showcase.

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Martin Luther King Day will feature four nationally televised matchups: Pelicans at Grizzlies, Magic at Hawks, Warriors at Cavaliers and Rockets at Clippers.

TNT will televise All-Star weekend from Toronto Feb. 12–14, as well as 18 Thursday night doubleheaders. ESPN will broadcast 38 games on Wednesdays and 31 on Fridays, also available on WatchESPN. The networks, along with ABC and NBA TV, will use flexible scheduling throughout the season.

ABC will exclusively broadcast the NBA Finals in June. TNT will show the Western Conference finals and ESPN the Eastern Conference finals.

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The NBA has reduced stretches of four games in five nights (70 to 27) and back-to-back games to all-time lows. Four-in-fives have been cut to an average of less than one per team.

More on the schedule can be found here.

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- Jeremy Woo