Toronto Raptors

When will the Toronto Raptors play on national television this season?

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.

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:

Date Opponent Network
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:

Date Opponent Network
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.

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