Cavs to open season on road, LeBron visits Nov. 21

Cleveland to play 7 games on ESPN and NBA TV combined

Daryl Ruiter
August 10, 2018 - 4:26 pm
A general view of Quicken Loans Arena during the 2018 NBA Playoffs

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2018-19 season on the road at Toronto on Oct. 17 the NBA announced Friday.

LeBron James will return to Cleveland on Nov. 21, a game that will be broadcast on ESPN. The Cavs travel to Los Angeles as part of a 6-game west coast road trip on Jan. 13, which will be broadcast on NBA TV.

The Cavs will play a total of 7 national TV games, 2 on ESPN and the other 5 on NBA TV.

Cleveland’s home opener is scheduled for Oct. 21 against Atlanta at 6 p.m.

Here are some schedule "fun facts" courtesy of the Cavs:

- 14 sets of back-to-back games, including four home-road sets (Oct. 24-25Nov. 13-14Jan. 8-9 and March 11-12), two road-home sets (Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30-Dec. 1), three home-home sets (Dec. 7-8Jan. 4-5 and March 2-3) and five road-road sets (Dec. 18-19Dec. 28-29Jan. 18-19Feb. 8-9 and April 4-5)

- Three matinee games at home this season, which include Sunday, Dec. 16 vs. Philadelphia (3:30 p.m. ET), Monday, Jan. 21 vs. Chicago (1:00 p.m. ET) and Sunday, April 7 vs. San Antonio (3:00 p.m. ET).

- The Cavaliers are slated to host 18 home weekend games comprised of five Friday games, eight Saturday games and five Sunday games

- Cleveland’s longest homestand consists of five games over 15 days (including All-Star break) from Feb. 11-25, featuring contests versus the New York Knicks (Feb. 11) and Brooklyn Nets (Feb. 13) before the break and Phoenix (Feb. 21), Memphis (Feb. 23) and Portland (Feb. 25) after the break. Including those three post-All-Star break contests, Cleveland will have five of their next six games at The Q following the break (Feb. 21-March 3).

- The team’s second-longest homestand is four games over seven days from Jan. 2-8 and includes matchups with Miami (Jan. 2), Utah (Jan. 4), New Orleans (Jan. 5) and Indiana (Jan. 8).

- The Cavs also have five three-game homestands (Oct. 27-Nov. 1Dec. 5-8Dec. 12-16Jan. 29-Feb 5 and March 18-22) and four two-game homestands (Oct. 21-24Nov. 24-26March 2-3 and April 7-9).

- Their longest road trip, spanning six games over 11 days from Jan. 9-19, includes trips to New Orleans (Jan. 9), Houston (Jan. 11), L.A. Lakers (Jan. 13), Portland (Jan. 16), Utah (Jan. 18) and Denver (Jan 19).

- The Wine and Gold will travel 35,670 miles throughout the season.

- The Cavaliers will play eight home games in December, their most contests at The Q in a single month for the season. They will play eight road games each in November, December, January and March, tied for their most away games in a single month during 2018-19.

- The Cavs’ final road game will be against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on April 5.

- Cleveland will close out the regular season at home versus the Charlotte Hornets on April 9.