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When Is the 2022-23 NBA Schedule Release Date? Tickets & Key Games

August 17, 2022 by Stephen Spiewak


NBA Schedule Announcement

The buzzer has sounded on the 2022 NBA finals, and the 2022-2023 NBA season is fast approaching with the season tipping off in October. 

While COVID-19 and the Tokyo Olympics interrupted the NBA's schedule and offseason in 2020, 2021 and 2022, the league is slated to return to its regular schedule (October-June) for the 2022-2023 NBA season. 

The 2022 NBA Draft took place on June 23 and free agency is expected to begin shortly. In 2019, which was the last time the NBA had an offseason on its normal calendar, free agency started on June 30. The offseason will last around two months before training camp for next season starts. 

Now that schedule adjustments are behind us, it's more likely that the NBA schedule will be released between Aug. 16-20. In the late 2000s, the NBA schedule release date was in the first week of August, before moving to Aug. 10 in 2010. The following year, the league moved up the schedule announcement date to July 19, the earliest it's been in the last decade-plus. 

The NBA announced marquee matchups for the 2021-22 season, including Christmas Day games and nationally televised games, on Aug. 17, according to Marc Stein. In 2022, the NBA will release its schedule on Wednesday, August 17, according to Marc Stein.

Once the full schedule is released, the date that NBA tickets go on sale will also be released. 

NBA Schedule Release Date 2022-23 and Historical Dates

2022-2023: Aug. 17, 2022

2021-2022: Aug. 20, 2021

2020-2021: Dec. 4, 2020

2019-2020: Aug. 13, 2019

2018-2019: Aug. 10, 2018

2017-2018: Aug. 14, 2017

2016-2017: Aug, 11, 2016

2015-2016: Aug. 12, 2015

2014-2015: Aug, 13, 2014

2013-2014: Aug. 6, 2013

2012-2013: July 26, 2012

2011-2012: July 19, 2011

2010-2011: Aug. 10, 2010

2009-2010: Aug. 4, 2009

2008-2009: Aug. 6, 2008

When is the 2022 NBA Draft? 

The 2022 NBA Draft was held at the Barclays Center in New York City on June 23. Paolo Banchero from Duke was the No. 1 overall pick by the Orlando Magic. Chet Holmgrem went No. 2 to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Where Will the 2023 NBA All-Star Game Take Place?

The 71st NBA All-Star Game will take place at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Feb. 19, 2023. The 2024 NBA All-All Star game will take place on Feb. 12 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. 

Election Day Games / Civic Engagement Night

For the 2020 election, 23 NBA teams and arenas served as voting facilities.

In 2022, the NBA will not play any games on voting day, Nov. 8, 2022. Instead, teams will play the day before (Monday) on what will be called Civic Engagement Night.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Games

The NBA is honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day during the 2022-23 NBA season with a doubleheader on Jan. 16. 

The Atlanta Hawks will host the Miami Heat, then the Phoenix Suns will take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum.

NBA 2022-23 Opening Night

According to Shams Charania, the Lakers vs. Warriors matchup will kickoff the NBA season on Oct. 18. The game, which will take place at the Chase Center, will include a ring ceremony for the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The Boston Celtics will host the Philadelphia 76ers earlier that same night. Both games will be on TNT. 

NBA Christmas Day Schedule for 2022

NBA insider Marc Stein is reporting that the first draft of the 2022-23 NBA Schedule has the Lakers playing on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.

A Lakers-Mavs matchup on Christmas Day would mean a LeBron vs. Luka showdown in Dallas.

Marc Stein is also reporting a Grizzlies-Warriors playoff rematch may also take place on Christmas Day.

The other three Christmas Day matchups include:

  • Bucks at Celtics
  • 76ers at Knicks
  • Suns at Nuggets

NBA International Schedule

In 2022-2023, the NBA will play a few international preseason and regular season games: 

Top 2022-23 NBA Games 

NBA 2022-23 Schedule Key Dates and Games 

  • June 23, 2022: NBA Draft
  • July 2-3, 2022: California Classic (Lakers, Heat, Kings, Warriors)
  • July 5-7, 2022: Salt Lake City Summer League (Grizzlies, Thunder, 76ers, Jazz) 
  • July 7-17, 2022: NBA Summer League (Las Vegas) 
  • Oct. 2 & Oct. 14, 2022: NBA Canada Series (Raptors, Celtics, Jazz)
  • Jan. 24-28, 2023: NBA Rivals Week
  • Feb. 17-19, 2023: NBA All-Star Game (Salt Lake City)

Check Vivid Seats for full NBA 2022-2023 ticket information

This post was last updated on August 17, 2022.

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