NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2019 – The NBA G League today released its complete game schedule for the 2019-20 regular season, which will tip off on Friday, Nov. 8.
A record 28 teams will compete in the NBA G League’s 19th season. Each team will play a 50-game schedule with 24 home games, 24 road games and two games at the annual NBA G League Winter Showcase. Location and dates for the Showcase games will be announced at a later date.
Each team will play between two and four games against every conference opponent and a total of four or five games against non-conference opponents. The regular season will conclude on Saturday, March 28. The 2020 NBA G League Playoffs will begin no earlier than Tuesday, March 31.
As part of the 2019-20 schedule, the number of back-to-back games for teams has been reduced to an all-time low. Teams will play an average of 6.0 back-to-backs this season, a 9.1 percent reduction from 6.6 per team last season. In addition, no team is scheduled to play a stretch with four games in five nights for the third consecutive season.
The 2019-20 campaign is the first for the New Orleans Pelicans as NBA G League owners. The Pelicans’ NBA G League affiliate will play in Erie as the BayHawks beginning this season. The College Park Skyhawks (Atlanta Hawks) will relocate to Georgia to play in a new city with a new team name.
The BayHawks open their inaugural season by hosting the Skyhawks on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. ET.
The 2019 NBA G League Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets) begin defense of their title by visiting the Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs) on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The 2019-20 NBA G League broadcast schedule will be available at a later date.
To accommodate the NBA G League’s continued growth, the six divisions have been adjusted for the 2019-20 season.
- Atlantic Division: Delaware Blue Coats (Philadelphia 76ers), Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets), Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics), Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors) and Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks)
- Central Division: Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers), Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons), Wisconsin Herd (Milwaukee Bucks) and Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls)
- Southeast Division: College Park Skyhawks (Atlanta Hawks), Capital City Go-Go (Washington Wizards), Erie BayHawks (New Orleans Pelicans), Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) and Lakeland Magic (Orlando Magic)
- Midwest Division: Iowa Wolves (Minnesota Timberwolves), Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder), Memphis Hustle (Memphis Grizzlies) and Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami Heat)
- Southwest Division: Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets), Salt Lake City Stars (Utah Jazz) and Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks)
- Pacific Division: Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (LA Clippers), Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns), Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors), South Bay Lakers (Los Angeles Lakers) and Stockton Kings (Sacramento Kings)
About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 28 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2019-20 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Fifty-two percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2018-19 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.