PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers will open the 2018-19 season with a three-game homestand beginning with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 18, the NBA announced. It will be James’ first game as a Laker.
The Blazers will host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 20 and the Washington Wizards on Oct. 22 before hitting the road for a four-game road trip.
The Blazers’ schedule includes a game on Christmas Day for the first time since 2010. Portland will play the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
The Blazers will play 12 back-to-back sets this season. Only one of those includes a road and home split.
Portland will face Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix and Sacramento three times this season. They will face the other 10 Western Conference teams four times each, and play each Eastern Conference team twice.
Additional home schedule highlights include a second appearance by the Lakers on Nov. 3, a game against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 11, visits from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Dec. 29 and Feb. 13, the Houston Rockets on Jan. 5, and a home game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 30.
Nine of the Blazers’ first 13 games will be played at home, including their longest homestand of the season. The six-game homestand begins with the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 1 and ends with the Celtics on Nov. 11.
Sixteen of Portland's final 25 games will be on the road including the Blazers' longest road trip of the season, which begins immediately after the All-Star break. The seven-game stretch begins Feb. 21 against the Brooklyn Nets and ends March 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Blazers will end the season on April 10 at home against the Sacramento Kings.
All 82 games will be televised by NBC Sports Northwest or broadcast nationally. They will air on the Trail Blazers Radio Network and flagship station NBCSNW Rip City Radio AM-620.