NBA opens with trio of games on Oct. 28
Cleveland visits defending NBA champion Boston to launch the 2008-09 season on Oct. 28, the league announced Wednesday.
The Cavaliers and Celtics play at 8 p.m. ET (on TNT) in the first of 1,230 games on the schedule, which wraps up on April 15, 2009. ESPN Radio also begins its 26-game schedule with that game.
Also on opening night, the defending Western Conference champion Lakers host Portland at 10:30 p.m. ET (on TNT), while Milwaukee visits Chicago at 8:30 p.m. ET.
A dozen games are set for Wednesday, Oct. 29, including ESPN's opening doubleheader featuring Phoenix at San Antonio (8 p.m. ET) and the Lakers against the Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).
Oklahoma City, home of the former Seattle SuperSonics franchise, hosts its first official game on Oct. 29 against Milwaukee.
Charlotte and Dallas don't open their seasons until Thursday, Oct. 30.
The Lakers and Celtics meet for the first time on Christmas night at 5 p.m. ET on ABC. It's the final game of a Christmas Day tripleheader -- New Orleans visits Orlando (noon ET on ESPN), followed by San Antonio at Phoenix (2:30 p.m. on ABC).
Also on Christmas night, Washington is at Cleveland and Dallas is at Portland. Both those games are on TNT.
Other schedule highlights include Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni's return to Phoenix on Dec. 15, and New York getting a chance to welcome former coach Larry Brown back to Madison Square Garden when Charlotte visits on Nov. 5.
Baron Davis goes back to Golden State for the first time Jan. 25, and his Clippers get their first visit from Elton Brand when Philadelphia comes to Staples Center on New Year's Eve.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report
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2008-09 NBA Schedule
The NBA has released its 2008-09 game schedule. Check out your team's schedule and read Marc Stein's list of must-see games.
SCHEDULE NEWS• Stein: Schedule highlights
• 2008-2009 complete schedule
• ABC/ESPN/ESPN Radio schedule
• Season opens with Cavs-Celtics
ATLANTIC DIVISION• Boston Celtics
• New Jersey Nets
• New York Knicks
• Philadelphia 76ers
• Toronto Raptors
CENTRAL DIVISION• Chicago Bulls
• Cleveland Cavaliers
• Detroit Pistons
• Indiana Pacers
• Milwaukee Bucks
SOUTHEAST DIVISION• Atlanta Hawks
• Charlotte Bobcats
• Miami Heat
• Orlando Magic
• Washington Wizards
NORTHWEST DIVISION• Denver Nuggets
• Minnesota Timberwolves
• Portland Trail Blazers
• Seattle Supersonics
• Utah Jazz
PACIFIC DIVISION• Golden State Warriors
• Los Angeles Clippers
• Los Angeles Lakers
• Phoenix Suns
• Sacramento Kings
SOUTHWEST DIVISION• Dallas Mavericks
• Houston Rockets
• Memphis Grizzlies
• New Orleans Hornets
• San Antonio Spurs