When does the NBA season start?

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Very recently, the NBA announced it’s complete schedule of games for the upcoming 2023-24 season. The games will be broadcasted in TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV, and ESPN Radio throughout the regular season. Furthermore, the league has also announced day-by-day and team-by-team schedules for the upcoming season as well.

The next season will mark the 78th regular season of the NBA and will tip off on Tuesday, October 24,2023, all the way till Sunday, April 14,2024. Following this, the post-season schedule is to start from Saturday, April 20 onwards and the NBA Finals is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2024.

NBA Christmas Day schedule

NBA is all set to feature five games on Christmas Day (Monday, December 25), with ESPN and ABC broadcasting these matches. The schedule for this day will start with Milwaukee Bucks facing the New York Knicks in the Madison Garden Square at noon ET, followed by Nuggets vs Warriors (2.30 pm ET), and Lakers vs Celtics at the Crypto Arena (5.30 pm ET).

The day’s schedule will conclude with two more games on ESPN, with the Philadelphia 76ers facing the Miami Heat in Miami and the Phoenix Suns facing the Dallas Mavericks in home at 8pm ET and 10.30 pm ET respectively.

NBA key dates for the 2023-24 season

Here is a list of some of the key dates to be noted for the upcoming 2023-24 season –


  • Oct. 24: Start of the 2023-24 NBA Regular Season
  • Oct. 28: NBA G League Draft
  • Oct. 30 – Nov. 9: NBA G League Training Camp
  • Nov. 3: NBA In-Season Tournament begins
  • Nov. 9: Rosters set for NBA G League Opening Day (5 p.m. ET)
  • Nov. 9: NBA Mexico City Game, Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Nov.10: NBA G League Season begins
  • Dec. 7: NBA In-Season Tournament Semifinals (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Dec. 9: NBA In-Season Tournament Finals (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Dec. 19-22: NBA G League Winter Showcase and Showcase Cup Championship
  • Dec. 27: NBA G League 34 game regular season begins


  • Jan 5, 2024: 10-day contracts may now be signed
  • Jan 10: All NBA contracts are guaranteed for the remainder of the season
  • Jan. 11: NBA Paris Game, Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Paris, France)
  • Jan 23-27: NBA Rivals Week
  • Feb. 8: NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
  • Feb. 16-18: NBA All-Star 2024 (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Feb. 16-21: NBA All-Star break
  • March 1: Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline
  • March 30: NBA G League Regular Season ends
  • April 2: NBA G League Playoffs begin
  • April 14: NBA Regular Season ends
  • April 15: NBA Rosters set for NBA Playoffs 2024 (3 p.m. ET)
  • April 16-19: NBA Play-In Tournament
  • April 20: NBA Playoffs 2024 begin
  • April 28: NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
  • May 6-7: Conference Semifinals begin (possible move up to May 4-5)
  • May 12: NBA Draft Lottery 2024 presented by State Farm
  • May 13-19: NBA Combine (Chicago, IL)
  • May 21-22: Conference Finals begin (possible move up to May 19-20)
  • June 6: NBA Finals 2024 Game 1
  • June 9: NBA Finals 2024 Game 2
  • June 12: NBA Finals 2024 Game 3
  • June 14: NBA Finals 2024 Game 4
  • June 17: NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET)
  • June 17: NBA Finals 2024 Game 5 (if necessary)
  • June 20: NBA Finals 2024 Game 6 (if necessary)
  • June 23: NBA Finals 2024 Game 7 (if necessary)
  • June 27: NBA Draft 2024 presented by State Farm