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When Does The NBA Season Start 2023-24?

Typically, an NBA season begins on October 1 and ends in April the following year. This fixed date makes it easier for it to keep its viewer’s attention and maintain order, aside from the attraction of the game itself. 

This article will provide you with all that you should know for the 2023-24 NBA season. 

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What is the start and end date of the NBA season?

An NBA season has its fixed begin and end date that has been kept constant for many years now, however, the pandemic caused some changes to these dates. It is therefore of no great surprise that the association is trying to bring the dates back on track.

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WHEN DOES NBA TRAINING CAMP START?

Before a regular season begins, there is a training camp for the players. This camp period is for a period of three weeks and it typically ends before the beginning of the NBA regular season. 

The NBA regular season officially kicks off on Opening Night, Oct 24 (more on the schedule for opening night later in the article) and runs through to end on April 14. Without any delays or cancellations, a season would end in April. 

This end date, however, is not inclusive of the playoffs. A play-in tournament for the seventh and eighth seeds in the Western and Eastern Conferences officially ends the season from April 16 to April 19.

The playoffs then commence April 20 and run through June 23.

Afterwards, the NBA draft will be held on June 27 with the All-Star break scheduled for the weekend of February 16-21.

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What are the opening night matchups?

On Opening Night, October 24 2023 at 7:30 p.m. ET, the defending champion, Denver Nuggets, faced the L.A. Lakers in a rematch of last season's epic faceoff between the two. At 10 p.m. ET, the Phoenix Suns took on the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center.

On October 25th of 2023, the Boston Celtics played the New York Knicks at 7:00 p.m. ET, while the Dallas Mavericks played the San Antonio Spurs at 2:30 a.m. ET (October 26th). ESPN broadcast both games.

How many games are expected per season?

Throughout its existence, the NBA has mostly maintained a season schedule of 82 games. Despite the fact that the NBA season consisted of just 8 to 17 teams for the first 10 years, the league established a large schedule of 60 to 72 games.

Recently, there have been a number of complaints from the players who think that the league season takes too long and it is starting to affect them, however, this didn’t change anything as it is believed that the long years of play without rest is the actual cause for the weariness and not the games. 

The first 80-game season took place in 1962, with only nine clubs in the league. It implies that during the season, a club will encounter another team eight to 10 times. Over the years, the season settled at having an 82-game schedule. The only exception was the 2020-21 season and this was due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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What are the set plans for the 2023-24 NBA season?

The NBA 2023-24 season has the traditional 82-game schedule. The play-in tournament will determine each league's last two playoff berths.

The NBA playoffs are a great time to watch basketball. Many basketball fans will disregard the regular season in favor of the postseason. The playoffs begin in mid-April and last through the beginning of June.

The NBA draft in 2024 will also take place in June, just after the playoffs have ended, and considerably closer to the completion of the collegiate basketball season. 

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Has there been any spectacular starts to NBA seasons?

In the history of the NBA season, there have been some starts that are worthy of mention. In the 1971-72 season, Jerry West started the season by leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 33-game winning streak. Over the course of the 82-game season, the team won 69 games. This was the greatest record in league history for any team.

Ever since then, the NBA record for most wins in a season has been beaten twice since then, the first time by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96, when they dropped 10 games while winning 72.

In the 2015-16 season, there was a new record set by Steph Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, winning 73 games and losing only nine.

Overview

The schedule for the 2023-24 NBA season was released on August 18, 2023, promising top-notch entertainment from preseason to regular-season matches. This article provides a great insight to how the NBA season runs and what you can expect going into the new year.


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