Cavs to Open 2007-08 Season on Halloween at The Q - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cavs to Open 2007-08 Season on Halloween at The Q

CLEVELAND - For the fourth consecutive year, the Cleveland Cavaliers will begin the season at Quicken Loans Arena as they tip off the 2007-08 campaign on October 31 in a nationally-televised game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Eastern Conference Champion Cavaliers will then play host to the New York Knicks before heading out West for a six-game stretch from Nov. 4-12 with games at Phoenix, Golden State, Utah, Sacramento, the L.A. Clippers and Denver.

The Cavaliers are slated to appear on 31 national television broadcasts including:

  • Nine games on ESPN (Oct. 31 vs. Dallas, Nov. 9 at Sacramento, Dec. 14 at New Jersey, Jan. 25 vs. Phoenix, Jan. 30 at Portland, March 19 vs. Detroit, April 5 vs. Orlando, April 9 vs. New Jersey and April 11 at Chicago)
  • Eight games on TNT (Dec. 20 vs. L.A. Lakers, Dec. 27 at Dallas, Jan. 17 at San Antonio, Jan. 21 at Miami, Feb. 7 at Houston, March 6 at Chicago, March 13 at Washington and April 3 vs. Chicago)
  • Five games on ABC (Dec. 25 vs. Miami, Jan. 27 at L.A. Lakers, Feb. 10 vs. Denver, March 2 vs. Chicago and April 13 vs. Miami)
  • Nine games on NBA TV (Nov. 4 at Phoenix, Nov. 12 at Denver, Nov. 27 vs. Boston, Dec. 4 vs. New Jersey, Dec. 11 vs. Indiana, Feb. 19 vs. Houston, March 17 at Orlando, March 22 at Milwaukee and March 29 at Detroit)

The local television broadcast schedule on FSN Ohio and simulcasts scheduled for WUAB TV will be announced at a later date. All games will be broadcast on WTAM Radio.

Last season, Cleveland captured its first Eastern Conference Championship en route to the NBA Finals.  Over the past two seasons, Cleveland has gone 100-64 (.610) during the regular season including a 61-21 (.744) record at The Q.   The Cavaliers join Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix and San Antonio as the only five teams with 50 or more wins in each of the past two seasons.  During the 2006-07 season, Cleveland increased its average home attendance for the fourth consecutive season as they set franchise records in average attendance (20,437) and sellouts (32).

This season's 82-game schedule again consists of 41 home and 41 road games. The Cavaliers will face each Western Conference opponent twice this season, once at home and once on the road. Each Eastern Conference opponent will match up against Cleveland four times with the exception of Atlanta, Miami, New York and Philadelphia, whom the Cavs will play three times.

The Cavaliers will make their first Christmas Day appearance since 2003 when they will play host to the Miami Heat on Dec. 25 at The Q.  It will mark Cleveland's eighth Christmas Day appearance overall and the first home game on Christmas Day since the 1984 season.  Other highlights of the home schedule include a pair of games against the Detroit Pistons (March 19 and April 16) whom the Cavaliers topped to win the Eastern Conference title last season, two matchups against the new-look Boston Celtics (Nov. 27 and Feb. 5) and a visit from the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 13.

The Cavaliers' home schedule includes 20 weekend games with eight Friday games, five Saturday games and seven Sunday games. Cleveland will play seven matinee games at home this season that will include a pair of matchups with the Miami Heat (Dec. 25 and April 13) and visits from Central Division rivals Chicago (March 2) and Indiana (March 8).

Cleveland will host three-game homestands on three separate occasions during the 2007-08 season.  The Cavaliers will host a trio of games from Nov. 14-20, Dec. 20-25 and April 3-9.  The team's longest road trip of the season will be a six-game, nine-day trek out West starting in Phoenix against the Suns on November 4 and ending in Denver against the Nuggets on November 12. Cleveland will play a total of 21 back-to-back games throughout the 2007-08 season.

Full season tickets are currently on sale, while partial (multiple game) season ticket plans will go on sale later in August. Deposits for partial season ticket plans and group tickets (20 or more tickets to a single game) are now being accepted to determine seating location priority. Individual game tickets will go on sale closer to the start of the season on a date to be announced. The Cavaliers' preseason schedule will be released in the near future. For ticket information, fans can call 1-800-820-CAVS or visit www.cavs.com
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