The Indiana Pacers will open the 2018-19 season Oct. 17 at home against Memphis and will appear on national television 12 times.
Indiana had only one national TV regular-season game last season. The team's higher profile for the upcoming season reflects its surprisingly strong performance in 2017-18. The Pacers racked up a 48-34 record and a No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference while taking Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland to seven games in a a first-round playoff series.
Led by NBA All-Star and the NBA’s Most Improved Player, Victor Oladipo, the Pacers return the bulk of that team, which includes Myles Turner, Thad Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, Domantas Sabonis and Cory Joseph.
The Pacers also signed free agents Doug McDermott, Tyreke Evans and Kyle O’Quinn to add to their deep roster, as well as rookies Aaron Holiday and Alize Johnson (23rd and 50th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft).
Eight of the Pacers' 12 national games will be on ESPN. Three will be on TNT, and one will be on ABC.
Big home games include Feb. 5 against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and March 14 against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Defending champion Golden State visits Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Jan. 28, and San Antonio makes its only appearance in Indianapolis on Nov. 23—the traditional night after Thanksgiving game.
Indiana also will make three four-game road trips and one five-game road trip during the season.