The Miami Heat have released their complete 2018-19 NBA regular season schedule running from October 17, 2018 through April 10, 2019.
Miami opens their season on the road against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00pm and their first home game at the AmericanAirlines Arena will take place Saturday, October 20 against the Charlotte Hornets at 8:00pm — which kicks off a stretch of four out of their first six games at home. Of more pressing concern is the final stretch of nine out of the final 13 games on the road (including against the Philadelphia 76ers and twice against the Boston Celtics) while the Heat could be locked in a battle for a playoff spot.
Exactly half of the entire schedule will be played on weekend nights (Friday through Sunday) and most Friday and Saturday home games will begin at 8:00pm to give fans some more time to make it out to the AA Arena in time for tip-off.
The Heat’s press release has more on the schedule:
The schedule features several exciting match-ups, including a visit by the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors on February 27 (7:30PM), and a visit by the Los Angeles Lakers on November 18 (6PM). In a rematch of last year’s playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers will visit Miami twice, on November 12 (7:30PM) and April 9 (7:30PM). The Boston Celtics also visit Miami twice, in a nationally televised game on January 10 (7PM), as well as on April 3 (7:30PM).
This year’s schedule features 41 of the 82 games played on weekends (Friday through Sunday). Of those weekend games, 20 will be played in Miami (seven on Friday, eight on Saturday and five on Sunday). The HEAT’s longest homestand will be a five-game stretch from March 8-17. Miami’s longest road trip is a six-game stretch from December 7-16. Additionally, the HEAT will play 12 sets of back-to-back games, one less than last season. The month in which Miami plays the highest number of games is March, when the HEAT hits the hardwood 15 times. March will also be the month in which the HEAT plays its most home contests, with nine of its 15 games in AmericanAirlines Arena. The most road games Miami will play in a month is eight, which they do in January.
Fox Sports Sun will once again air all 79 games available for local broadcast, with the Heat making 11 national television appearances — including three exclusive TNT games. ESPN is scheduled to broadcast two Heat games and NBA TV plans to air six games. With limited national TV appearances, Miami will have Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day off.
The Miami HEAT Radio Network/790 The Ticket (AM 790/FM 104.3 HD-2), will cover all Heat games in English, while Univision Radio’s Radio Mambi (710 AM) or Mix 98.3 FM (regular season conflict games) will broadcast them in Spanish.
Visit Heat.com for more info and ticket prices.