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Wednesday night time, there have been 13 NBA video games. Thursday, Dec. 1, there may be one.
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are visiting the younger Detroit Pistons within the lone NBA recreation of the night time. You’d say that the NBA wished to function their dynamic younger Slovenian star with out competitors from different NBA telecasts, however they only had him on TNT Tuesday night time towards the Warriors.
Why such a barren panorama of NBA basketball tonight? Our greatest guess is worry of Thursday Evening Soccer. Final yr, TNT moved its common Thursday night time doubleheader to Tuesday nights in the course of the fall, to keep away from competitors from the NFL recreation that night time. Even with the soccer recreation shifting to Amazon Prime this yr, TNT and the NBA have no real interest in battling professional soccer for viewers on their showcase night time.
The NFL has been aggressive in invading the NBA’s turf, first with Thursday Evening Soccer, and this yr by encroaching on the NBA’s common Christmas Day monopoly on televised sports activities. With Christmas falling on a Sunday, the NFL is airing a tripleheader of video games, even with nearly all of the schedule set for Christmas Eve. Earlier than this yr, there had solely been 24 Christmas video games within the NFL’s historical past. Fox acquired the rights to air Christmas video games within the final TV contract, so anticipate extra gridiron competitors for what was the NBA’s flagship day.
Nonetheless, the NBA had been scheduling three video games for Thursdays (apart from Thanksgiving), so this week is an aberration. It may very well be a coincidence of enviornment availability or journey schedules, however it appears like commissioner Adam Silver is afraid of dropping followers to the Buffalo-New England recreation this night.