The NBA has released their schedule (including broadcasting) for the 2018-2019 season. We will have more in-depth breakdowns later, but for right now here are some highlights of the Clippers’ schedule.
Unfortunately, the Clippers only have three nationally televised games this year (not counting NBA TV), all of which are on TNT. These games are: Thursday, Nov 15 at home against the Spurs, Thursday, Nov 29 at Sacramento, and Thursday, Dec 20 at home against Dallas (DeAndre Jordan’s return to Staples).
The Clippers do 12 NBA TV games (by my count), but these draw a much more limited audience than truly national games on TNT, ABC, or ESPN. The Clippers also have no marquee matchups, such as Christmas or Martin Luther King Day games.
However, games later in the season are more flexible in regards to broadcast, so if the Clippers are better or more exciting than expected, they could possibly pick up a few additional nationally televised games along the way.
- The Clippers have 14 back to back games. Per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the league average this year is 13.3, so the Clippers are only slightly worse off than most teams in this regard.
- The Clippers’ longest road trip is six games, from Feb 2-11. They will play Detroit, Toronto, Charlotte, Indiana, Boston, and Minnesota on this trip, making it a very, very challenging stretch.
- On the other hand, the Clippers’ longest home stretch, also six games, is from March 8-19. They will play Oklahoma City, Boston, Portland, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Indiana during this homestand, making it a bit of a mix in challenge level.
- The Clippers got very fortunate in the Western Conference teams they will play only three times instead of four: the Rockets, Timberwolves, Pelicans, and Jazz. These all project as playoff teams, and the Rockets and Jazz are frequently regarded as near-locks for the top 4, so the Clippers get a break here.
- Outside of DJ’s return to Staples on national tv, Blake Griffin returns on January 12, and Chris Paul will appear on October 21st and April 3rd (the first of which is an NBA TV game).
Again, we will have further updates once comparisons regarding travel, back to backs, and national television games coming. Also, expect much more detailed breakdowns of the schedule and particularly easy or tough trips to come sometime in the weeks to come.