Naturally, the first game of the NBA’s 2019-20 season restart in Orlando will be presented on a national TV channel, and it will feature one of the game’s most intriguing young players. It works well considering Thursday night basketball has become synonymous with the NBA on TNT.
Also in line with the norm in terms of TNT’s traditional NBA game presentation is that Pelicans vs. Jazz on Thursday night is part of a doubleheader, with Lakers vs. Clippers scheduled to follow on the same TV channel. To account for that second game, the start time for Thursday night’s Pelicans-Jazz game is a little earlier than usual.
Thursday’s Pelicans-Jazz matchup marks the first NBA game since the league suspended its season March 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 22 teams were invited to resume the season at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, and each will play eight seeding games before the playoffs are scheduled to start in the same location in mid-August.
Utah is safe in the NBA Western Conference playoff picture, but New Orleans, which entered the Orlando bubble a few games behind eighth-seeded Memphis in the West, will need to go on a bit of a roll in order to make the postseason. For the same reason is scheduled the Pelicans to play on national TV Thursday night (Zion Williamson), the NBA probably wouldn’t mind seeing New Orleans surge.
Below is how to watch Thursday night’s Pelicans vs. Jazz game, the first in the NBA’s return from its coronavirus delay.
What channel is Pelicans vs. Jazz on?
The TV channel for tonight’s Pelicans-Jazz game is a natural fit for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season, as TNT is the league’s home for Thursday night doubleheaders. TNT also will show Lakers vs. Clippers later in the evening.
TNT is available on all cable providers in the United States, as well as satellite providers DirecTV (channel 245), Dish Network (channel 138) and Orby TV (channel 101).
What time does Pelicans vs. Jazz start?
Date: Thursday, July 30
Start time: 6:30 p.m. ET
The start time for Thursday night’s Pelicans-Jazz game is a little earlier than your typical Game 1 of a TNT doubleheader. The league likely wanted to start the Lakers-Clippers game as early as possible both for viewership reasons and because it’s being played on the East Coast.
The 6:30 p.m. ET start time for the Pelicans-Jazz game means it will tip off at 5:30 p.m. in New Orleans’ time zone and at 4:30 p.m. ET in Denver.
Pelicans vs. Jazz live stream
Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can access live TNT programming via the Watch TNT app on his or her mobile device. That should be the preferred viewing method for anybody who has such a subscription but is not able to get in front of a TV.
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry TNT — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each.
Pelicans vs. Jazz — as well as all NBA seeding games played in Orlando — also will be available to steam via NBA League Pass at a reduced price ($28.99) since there are so few games left in the season. However, games on NBA League Pass are blacked out in local markets.
NBA schedule 2020
The full 2020 NBA regular-season schedule, including tip-off times and TV channels, is listed below by date.
Times and TV channels for the final two days of seeding games have not yet been revealed.