At long last, the 2023-24 NBA schedule is here. After a successful 2022-23 season that saw the New York Knicks make it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade, the NBA awarded the team 25 nationally televised games, including games broadcast on NBA TV.
Within the first week of the regular season, the Knicks will play three games on national television. It’ll all start with a banger of a matchup on Opening Night against a hated division rival team that should still have a sour taste in their mouths from their losses against New York toward the end of last season.
It might be time-consuming to circle all 82 games on your calendar, but these five nationally televised contests should be circled and highlighted.
5 most important national TV games on New York Knicks’ schedule
5: Knicks vs. Mavericks, Feb. 8 on TNT
Maybe the Knicks can give Mark Cuban a video tribute ahead of the Mavericks’ Feb. 8 visit to the Garden, all to thank Cuban for essentially gifting Jalen Brunson to New York. If it wasn’t for Brunson (and Cuban), the Knicks likely wouldn’t have made it to the semifinals.
Honestly, the TNT matchup will be a show between Brunson and Luka Doncic. Dallas re-signed Kyrie Irving this offseason, but considering that the game will take play in early February, maybe the point guard would’ve already requested a trade at that point in the season. That isn’t a joke.
Dallas drafted Dereck Lively II in June and made a series of strong free agency moves, including bringing back three-point shooter Seth Curry and signing Grant Williams. The 2023-24 Mavericks should be much better than the 2022-23 version, but hopefully, they’ll hit a wall in New York on Feb. 8.
Will Brunson be able to beat his former team at MSG for the first time since signing with the Knicks last offseason? Let’s hope so!