The Cleveland Cavaliers and all 30 teams in the National Basketball Association got their first look at their 2015-2016 season schedules on Wednesday evening. The reigning Eastern Conference Champions found out last week when they will have their first rematch against the World Champion Golden State Warriors, now they know when all 82 regular season games will take place.
Both meetings against reigning league Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors will take place on holidays. The first meeting is on Christmas day in Oakland with a tip time of 5:00 p.m. eastern. It will be broadcast nationally on ABC. The return meeting at Quicken Loans Arena is on Martin Luther King Day, Monday January 18, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. TNT will broadcast that game nationally. In fact, both NBA Finals participants will get plenty of national exposure in the 2015-2016 season. The Cavaliers and Warriors will appear 25 times on national television, the maximum allowed.
Despite being the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, the Cavaliers will begin the season with back to back road games. It starts with a rematch of their Eastern Conference semifinal against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on opening night, Tuesday October 27. Tip-off will be at 8:00 p.m. and broadcast nationally on TNT. After that it’s off to Memphis to face Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and the Grizzlies on Wednesday October 28 at 8:00 p.m. The Cavaliers play three of their first four games on the road.
The home opener will be very interesting on Friday October 30 at 7:00 p.m. LeBron James’ former team the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade will make their only visit to Quicken Loans Arena. Some NBA experts are predicting the Cavaliers and Heat could meet in next years Eastern Conference Finals. James makes his first trip back to Miami on December 5.
Kevin Love will get his first look at Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics on December 15 in Boston. The Celtics first trip back to Cleveland since Olynyk separated Love’s shoulder will be on February 5.
January and March will be two very difficult months for the Cavaliers. In January, the wine and gold have a six game road trip that ends with the Texas trio of Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston on January 12, 13 and 15. It’s the Cavaliers longest road trip of the season. Along with the Warriors, the Bulls and Spurs will visit Cleveland for nationally televised games on January 23 and 30. Both are Saturday night games on ABC, which is new this season.
In March, the Cavaliers will make their second west coast trip of the season that’s part of a stretch of seven of eight games away from Cleveland. The Cavaliers longest homestand of the season is five games in February that starts before and ends after the All Star Break.