The 2020-21 NBA schedule was released on Friday and along with it came the list of national TV games in the U.S.
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As Raptors fans are accustomed to by now, the Raptors only received a handful of U.S. national TV games in the first half of the season, drawing just four games across ESPN and TNT. They'll appear on each network twice to start the year and will also be seen on NBA TV three times in their first 37 games.
- Jan 2 @ New Orleans - NBA TV US
- Jan. 16 vs. Charlotte - NBA TV US
- Jan. 24 @ Indiana - NBA TV US
- Feb. 5 @ Brooklyn - ESPN
- Feb. 18 @ Milwaukee - TNT
- Feb. 24 @ Miami - ESPN
- March 4 @ Boston - TNT
It comes as no surprise that the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers lead the way in national TV games with 16 games in the first half of the schedule.
The Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors are all tied for second place with 14 games nationally.
The league released in a statement that it will continue its efforts to make the games available to the largest possible audiences by starting their national TV double-headers at 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. ET. That allows the Western Conference portion to start earlier at either 9:30 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. ET.
The second portion of the 2020-21 NBA schedule will be released at a later date and will feature another opportunity for the Raptors to grab more national TV games before the end of the season.
Either way, Canadians can watch every single Raptors game nationwide on either TSN or Sportsnet with Matt Devlin, Jack Armstrong and Leo Rautins on the call.
|Dec. 23||New Orleans Pelicans||7:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 26||at San Antonio Spurs||9:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 29||at Philadelphia 76ers||7:00 p.m.|
|Dec. 31||New York Knicks||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 2||at New Orleans Pelicans (NBA TV)||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 4||Boston Celtics||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 6||at Phoenix Suns||9:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 8||at Sacramento Kings||10:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 10||at Golden State Warriors||8:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 11||at Portland Trail Blazers||10:00 p.m.|
|Jan 14.||Charlotte Hornets||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan 16.||Charlotte Hornets (NBA TV)||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 18||Dallas Mavericks||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 20||Miami Heat||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 22||Miami Heat||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 24||at Indiana Pacers (NBA TV)||3:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 25||at Indiana Pacers||7:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 27||Milwaukee Bucks||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 29||Sacramento Kings||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 31||Orlando Magic||6:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 2||at Orlando Magic||7:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 5||at Brooklyn Nets (ESPN)||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 6||at Atlanta Hawks||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 8||at Memphis Grizzlies||8:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 10||at Washington Wizards||7:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 12||at Boston Celtics||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 14||Minnesota Timberwolves||6:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 16||at Milwaukee Bucks||8:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 18||at Milwaukee Bucks (TNT)||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 19||at Minnesota Timberwolves||8:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 21||Philadelphia 76ers||6:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 23||Philadelphia 76ers||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 24||at Miami Heat (ESPN)||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 26||Houston Rockets||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 28||Chicago Bulls||7:30 p.m.|
|Mar. 2||Detroit Pistons||7:30 p.m.|
|Mar. 4||at Boston Celtics||7:00 p.m.|
*All times eastern
*Bold = home games
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