Cavaliers schedule features 29 nationally televised games


With LeBron James back in town and the team expected to contend for an NBA title, the Cavaliers will once again be national media darlings in 2014-15.

Cleveland will have 29 games telecast nationally — five on ABC, 10 on TNT, 10 on ESPN and four on NBA TV — the league announced Wednesday. Eleven games will be aired nationally on ESPN Radio.

The Cavs will open the season Oct. 30 at Quicken Loans Arena against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.

The 8 p.m. game will be televised by TNT, and the Knicks will have hosted Chicago the previous night.

It will be the sixth straight year Cleveland has opened the season at home.

James’ first game against his former Miami team will be a nationally televised 5 p.m. road game on Christmas Day, which will mark the 11th time the Cavs have played on the holiday.

The Cavs host the Heat on Feb. 11 and April 2 and play their other game in Miami on March 16.

Cleveland will also play on Easter, as it hosts Chicago at 3:30 p.m. on April 5, and the night of Martin Luther King Day, when it will also host the Bulls, this time at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19.

The defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs will make their lone visit to The Q on Nov. 19, with Houston visiting Jan. 7, Oklahoma City coming to town Jan. 25 and Portland coming in Jan. 28. The Cavs will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 5 and Golden State on Jan. 26.

Cleveland will play all Eastern Conference opponents four times with the exception of Charlotte (two home, one road), New York (one home, two road), Orlando (one home, two road) and Philadelphia (two home, one road).

Some other highlights of the schedule:

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  • October30 Thu NEW YORK (TNT), 8 p.m.31 Fri at Chicago (ESPN), 8 p.m.

    November4 Tue at Portland, 10 p.m.5 Wed at Utah, 9 p.m.7 Fri at Denver, 10:30 p.m.10 Mon NEW ORLEANS, 7 p.m.14 Fri at Boston, 7:30 p.m.15 Sat ATLANTA, 7:30 p.m.17 Mon DENVER (ESPN), 7 p.m.19 Wed SAN ANTONIO (ESPN), 7 p.m.21 Fri at Washington (ESPN), 8 p.m.22 Sat TORONTO, 7:30 p.m.24 Mon ORLANDO, 7 p.m.26 Wed WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.29 Sat INDIANA, 7:30 p.m.

    December2 Tue MILWAUKEE, 7 p.m.4 Thu at New York, 8 p.m.5 Fri at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.8 Mon at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.9 Tue TORONTO, 7 p.m.11 Thu at Oklahoma City (TNT), 8 p.m.12 Fri at New Orleans, 8 p.m.15 Mon CHARLOTTE (NBA TV), 7 p.m.17 Wed ATLANTA< 7 p.m.19 Fri BROOKLYN, 7:30 p.m.21 Sun MEMPHIS, 4:30 p.m.23 Tue MINNESOTA, 7 p.m.25 Thu at Miami (ABC), 5 p.m.26 Fri at Orlando, 7 p.m.28 Sun DETROIT, 4:30 p.m.30 Tue at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.31 Wed MILWAUKEE, 7 p.m.

    January2 Fri at Charlotte, 7 p.m.4 Sun DALLAS, 1 p.m.5 Mon at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.7 Wed HOUSTON (ESPN), 7 p.m.9 Fri at Golden St. (ESPN), 10:30 p.m.11 Sun at Sacramento, 9 p.m.13 Tue at Phoenix, 9 p.m.15 Thu at LA Lakers (TNT), 10:30 p.m.16 Fri at LA Clippers (ESPN), 10:30 p.m.19 Mon CHICAGO (TNT), 8 p.m.21 Wed UTAH, 7 p.m.23 Fri CHARLOTTE, 7:30 p.m.25 Sun OKLA. CITY (ABC), 3:30 p.m.27 Tue at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.28 Wed PORTLAND, 7 p.m.30 Fri SACRAMENTO, 7:30 p.m.31 Sat at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

    February2 Mon PHILADELPHIA, 7 p.m.5 Thu LA CLIPPERS (TNT), 8 p.m.6 Fri at Indiana, 7 p.m.8 Sun LA LAKERS (ABC), 3:30 p.m.11 Wed MIAMI (ESPN), 8 p.m.12 Thu at Chicago (TNT), 8 p.m.20 Fri at Washington (ESPN), 8 p.m.22 Sun at New York (ABC), 1 p.m.24 Tue at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.26 Thu GOLDEN STATE (TNT), 8 p.m.27 Fri at Indiana, 7 p.m.

    March1 Sun at Houston (NBA TV), 7 p.m.3 Tue BOSTON (TNT), 7 p.m.4 Wed at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.6 Fri at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.7 Sat PHOENIX (NBA TV), 7:30 p.m.10 Tue at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.12 Thu at San Antonio (TNT), 8 p.m.15 Sun at Orlando (NBA TV), 6 p.m.16 Mon at Miami (ESPN), 8 p.m.18 Wed BROOKLYN, 7 p.m.20 Fri INDIANA, 7:30 p.m.22 Sun at Milwaukee, 3 p.m.25 Wed at Memphis, 8 p.m.27 Fri at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.29 Sun PHILADELPHIA, 1 p.m.

    April2 Thu MIAMI (TNT), 8 p.m.5 Sun CHICAGO (ABC), 3:30 p.m.8 Wed at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.10 Fri BOSTON, 7:30 p.m.12 Sun at Boston, 3 p.m.13 Mon DETROIT, 7 p.m.15 Wed WASHINGTON, 8 p.m.