NBA Season 2023-24: The NBA 2023–24 season schedule has been released, and fans are marking their calendars and getting ready for a new year.
MLK Day will undoubtedly be one of the most important days of the season, as it has been since 1986. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16, has grown to be one of the NBA calendar’s most popular events.
For this year’s championship, teams from Memphis and Atlanta, the two cities most strongly linked with Martin Luther King Jr., have planned matchups. Here is a list of every game that will be broadcast nationwide on January 16, 2024.
NBA games on Martin Luther King Day at NBA Season 2023-24
#4. Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs
At Dr. King’s birthplace, Victor Wembanyama is set to see action for the first time on MLK Day in a 3:30 pm ET tip-off. It’s conceivable that the French sensation had some NBA action before the big holiday, which would have made the game fascinating to watch. Since TNT will be broadcasting the game, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley will be watching Wemby for the first time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
#3. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
For MLK Day, national television will air the game where King James set the scoring records in the NBA. This could end up being a critical Western Conference matchup in January as the young, entertaining Thunder squad looks to advance following their season-long reconstruction. At 10:30 p.m., the final national broadcast game in the joyful procession will tip off.
#2. Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets
On MLK Day, this game might go in one of two directions: either we’ll see a clash between two of James Harden’s past teams, or Harden’s current team will play the team that first made him famous.
Which direction will depend on the Harden trade situation. Given that the star guard has made his desire to leave quite obvious, a trade might simply happen before the game on January 16 at 1 p.m.
#1. Memphis Grizzlies versus Golden State Warriors
The two Western Conference contenders will square off at 6 p.m. in what could be an exciting game. The young Grizzlies battled the Warriors in the Playoffs but were routed by the seasoned players. The Grizzlies will try to rally in a tie that might possibly end up being a Playoff regular in the next seasons by keeping that in mind.
NBA fans are in for a treat on Martin Luther King Day, and the tradition is sure to continue into the 2023–24 season.