2017-18 NBA Opening Night on TNT to Feature Kyrie Irving's First Game Against Former Team – Celtics/Cavs – & New-Look Rockets with Chris Paul Visiting Defending Champion Warriors, Tuesday, Oct. 17
Autotrader Premiere Week Continues with Thunder vs. Knicks – Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, Newly Acquired Paul George, & Carmelo Anthony Meeting Former Team – & Clippers vs. Lakers in Lonzo Ball's NBA Debut, Thursday, Oct. 19
Studio Coverage to Include Inside the NBA on Tuesday and Thursday;
Area 21 presented by MetroPCS with Kevin Garnett Returns Thursday Featuring Snoop Dogg
TNT will officially tip off the 2017-18 NBA regular season Tuesday, Oct. 17, with an Opening Night doubleheader full of compelling storylines, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET. The night will begin with four-time NBA MVP LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers facing former teammate Kyrie Irving and the new look Boston Celtics at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, with former Kia NBA MVP award recipients Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, will host the Houston Rockets with newcomer Chris Paul playing alongside James Harden, at 10:30 p.m. TNT’s coverage will include Golden State’s ring ceremony prior to the opening tip of the Warriors/Rockets game.
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will be on site in the Bay Area throughout Opening Night as part of the NBA on TNT American Express Road Show including live pre-game programming beginning at 7 p.m., the American Express Halftime Report and Inside the NBA presented by Kia post-game show.