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NBA on TNT Preseason Coverage Culminates with New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks on Friday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. ET


Top 2019 NBA Draft Picks & Former Duke Teammates Zion Williamson & R.J. Barrett to Meet as Pelicans Visit the Knicks at Madison Square Garden

TNT’s NBA preseason coverage presented by Autotrader will culminate with the New Orleans Pelicans and this year's No. 1 NBA Draft pick Zion Williamson visiting the New York Knicks and Williamson's former Duke teammate R.J. Barrett on Friday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. ET. 
Kevin Harlan will provide play-by-play for Pelicans/Knicks alongside Reggie Miller (analyst), Candace Parker (analyst) and Kristen Ledlow (reporter). Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage throughout the night along with Kevin McHale and Greg Anthony.

TNT will officially tip off the 2019-20 NBA regular season with two Opening Week doubleheaders and some of the league’s most highly-anticipated storylines taking center stage. The network’s Opening Night presented by Autotrader will begin with the Pelicans and Williamson visiting the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., followed by the Los Angeles Lakers, and Anthony Davis’ first regular season appearance alongside LeBron James, vs. the LA Clippers and newly-acquired Kawhi Leonard at 10:30 p.m.
Autotrader Premiere Week will continue Thursday, Oct. 24, with a doubleheader beginning with Russell Westbrook teaming up with 2018 league MVP James Harden for the first time when the Houston Rockets host the Milwaukee Bucks and 2019 Kia NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo at 8 p.m.  The night’s second game will feature the Clippers vs. the Golden State Warriors in the regular season opener from Chase Center at 10:30 p.m.

The network's season-long coverage will feature the Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA studio team of Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.