JOHANNESBURG, 5 October 2023:ESPN Africa today announced that an exciting new season of basketball action will hit screens across the continent from 26 October. Promising fans exceptional viewing with an abundance of entertainment, athleticism, and unforgettable moments, the live NBA coverage on ESPN2 will commence with an enticing selection of pre-season games, offering an exclusive sneak peek into the teams’ preparations before the regular season tips off.
Mark your calendars because the first six games of the new regular NBA season are locked in:
Thursday 26 October 2023: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks at 1:00 AM
Thursday 26 October 2023: Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs at 3:30 AM
Saturday 28 October 2023: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics at 1:30 AM
Saturday 28 October 2023: Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings at 1:30 AM
Sunday 29 October 2023: New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans at 1:30 AM
Sunday 29 October 2023: Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at 1:30 AM (CAT)
Thereafter, fans can look forward to the world’s greatest basketball action every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday on ESPN2 with live broadcasts, as well as repeats in regular viewing hours. Featuring all of the electrifying moments, dramatic buzzer-beaters, and unforgettable plays that define the NBA as the pinnacle of basketball, ESPN will continue to serve an unmatched viewing experience, ensuring fans across the continent can witness basketball greatness unfold in real-time.
The pre-season games start on Saturday 7 October with Minnesota Timberwolves v Dallas Mavericks at 18:00, continuing with Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers on Monday 9 October at 00:00; Real Madrid v Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday 10 October at 20:45; LA Lakers v Golden State Warriors on Saturday 14 October at 04:00; and LA Lakers v Milwaukee Bucks on Monday 16 October at 01:00.
The regular season promises to be a whirlwind of intense matchups, all leading up to the playoffs, conference finals, and, ultimately, the NBA Finals. ESPN Africa is also set to air the much-anticipated Christmas Day games, a cherished tradition that basketball enthusiasts eagerly await. Additionally, the weekly magazine show “NBA Action,” will provide comprehensive analysis, player interviews, and exclusive behind-the-scenes content on ESPN2.
The reigning NBA champions, the Denver Nuggets, are coming off a historic victory last season. Led by the sensational Nikola Jokic, they secured their first-ever NBA title in franchise history, prevailing over the Miami Heat in Game 5 to clinch the series 4-1 earlier this year. The burning question on everyone’s lips is whether they will maintain their prime position in the upcoming season.
Kyle De Klerk, Director: Sports at the Walt Disney Company Africa, shares, “The eagerly anticipated new season from the NBA reflects ESPN Africa’s commitment to delivering the very best in US and international sporting competitions. We look forward to offering the very best of on-court excellence and with exclusive and unparalleled off-court access, to keep viewers enthralled throughout the new season.”
For updates regarding NBA broadcasts on ESPN and other sports, fans can connect to @ESPNAfrica on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit https://www.espn.com/.
ESPN Africa has been NBA Africa’s pay TV broadcast partner in Africa since 2019.