The Toronto Raptors will be on national television in the United States far more frequently in 2018-19 than they were in 2017-18.
Following a season in which they won a franchise-best 59 games, as well as an offseason in which they acquired Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs, the Raptors will be on ESPN and TNT a combined 15 times this upcoming season. According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports, it's the most for the team since the 2001-02 season.
Raptors on US national TV since 2000: pic.twitter.com/MolKVzeGBw- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) August 10, 2018
Both Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio (TNT) and DeMar DeRozan's return to Toronto (ESPN) will be on national television in the United States. All four of their matchups against the Boston Celtics will also be on national television, as well as each of their games against the Western Conference finalist from a year ago the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
Two of their nationally televised games will be Kyle Lowry's hometown team the Philadelphia 76ers as well.
Here's when all of those games will take place:
|Oct. 19||Boston Celtics||ESPN|
|Nov. 16||Boston Celtics||ESPN|
|Nov. 29||Golden State Warriors||TNT|
|Dec. 5||Philadelphia 76ers||ESPN|
|Dec. 12||Golden State Warriors||ESPN|
|Jan. 3||San Antonio Spurs||TNT|
|Jan. 16||Boston Celtics||ESPN|
|Jan. 25||Houston Rockets||ESPN|
|Jan. 31||Milwaukee Bucks||TNT|
|Feb. 5||Philadelphia 76ers||TNT|
|Feb. 22||San Antonio Spurs||ESPN|
|Feb. 26||Boston Celtics||TNT|
|March 5||Houston Rockets||TNT|
|March 14||Los Angeles Lakers||TNT|
|March 20||Oklahoma City Thunder||ESPN|
The Raptors are currently scheduled to play 12 games on NBA TV, too:
|Oct. 20||Washington Wizards||NBA TV|
|Oct. 30||Philadelphia 76ers||NBA TV|
|Nov. 12||New Orleans Pelicans||NBA TV|
|Dec. 9||Milwaukee Bucks||NBA TV|
|Dec. 11||Los Angeles Clippers||NBA TV|
|Dec. 22||Philadelphia 76ers||NBA TV|
|Dec. 26||Miami Heat||NBA TV|
|Jan. 1||Utah Jazz||NBA TV|
|Jan. 5||Milwaukee Bucks||NBA TV|
|Jan. 6||Indiana Pacers||NBA TV|
|March 11||Cleveland Cavaliers||NBA TV|
|April 7||Miami Heat||NBA TV|
More good news for the Raptors is they have only 12 back-to-backs in 2018-19, two fewer than last season and tied for the fewest in the league this season.
The Raptors announced that they will release a local television schedule at a later date.