Aug. 17—The NBA 2023-24 schedule released Aug. 17 is going to test the Cavaliers’ endurance, but they are a young team, so theoretically they should be up for the challenge.
The Cavs’ busiest month will be March, when they are slated to play 17 games. Also, their longest road trip of the season will come near the end of the schedule when they play five games in eight days from March 31-April 7. That journey will start in Denver then proceed to Utah, Phoenix and then Los Angeles for back-to-back games against the Lakers and Clippers on April 6 and 7.
The Cavaliers were 51-31 last season and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference. They made the postseason for the first time since 2018 but were bounced by the fifth-seeded Knicks in five games in the opening round of the playoffs.
The NBA must view the Cavaliers as a television ratings draw despite the quick exit from the playoffs because Cavaliers games will be nationally televised 17 times, highlighted by a game with the Nets in Paris on Jan. 11 to be televised on NBA TV.
Three games — Oct. 31 vs. the Knicks at home, Nov. 21 at Philadelphia and Feb. 1 at Memphis — will be on TNT. The road game with the Sixers is part of the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament.
Six games — Jan. 17 vs. Milwaukee, Feb. 14 vs. Chicago, Feb. 23 at Philadelphia, March 3 vs. New York, March 10 vs. Brooklyn, April 3 at Phoenix — will be on ESPN.
Eight games — Nov. 11 at Golden State, Nov. 13 at Sacramento, Dec. 14 at Boston, Dec. 16 vs. Atlanta, Dec. 29 vs. Milwaukee, March 29 vs. Philadelphia, March 31 at Denver — plus the game in Paris, will be on NBA TV.
The Cavs open the season against the Nets in Brooklyn on Oct. 25. They are off the next day and then open their home schedule at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse with back-to-back games against the Thunder and Pacers on Oct. 27 and 28.
The Cavaliers are scheduled to play back-to-back games 15 times. They have a five-game homestand from Nov. 22-30 and a six-game homestand in January. The game against the Nets in Paris is recognized as a home game for Cleveland. The January homestand includes a game with the Bulls on Jan. 15 in recognition of Martin Luther King Day.
Single-game tickets for all regular season home games and two preseason home games for the 2023-2024 season at the FieldHouse will go on sale to the general public on noon Aug. 22 at Cavs.com/Schedule.
The Cavs are scheduled to play four preseason games. They play the Hawks in Atlanta on Oct. 10 then back-to-back games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse vs. the Magic on Oct. 12 and Maccabi Ra’anana of the Israeli National League on Oct. 16. The preseason ends Oct. 20 against the Pacers in Indianapolis.