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When LeBron James and the Cavaliers come to Milwaukee on Oct. 20, the game will be televised on ESPN. (PHOTO: David Bernacchi)

ESPN will air Bucks' 2017-18 home opener against Cavaliers

Don't look now, but the up-and-coming, Giannis Antetokounmpo-led, league-darling Bucks are starting to get some legitimate national media attention.

Milwaukee's home opener for this season, its 50th Anniversary campaign, is against the three-time defending Eastern Conference-champion Cleveland Cavaliers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. And, the NBA announced Thursday, the game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN as part of the Opening Week television schedule.

The Bucks' complete 2017-18 schedule will be released at a later date.

Last year, when the schedule was released, Milwaukee had nine nationally televised games, including two on ESPN, one on TNT and the remaining six on NBA TV. The Bucks opened the 2016-17 season at home on Oct. 26 against the Charlotte Hornets; this year's schedule is starting a week earlier.

Last season, Milwaukee went 1-3 against Cleveland, but its victory at home on Nov. 29 – in which Antetokounmpo exploded for 34 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks, outplaying LeBron James – was a signature moment for the team. The Cavaliers lost in last year's NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.

Fans can sign up for the 50th Anniversary Superpass, which is a digital ticket pass guaranteeing access to all of the Milwaukee Bucks' 2017-18 regular-season home games, including the "Return to the MECCA" contest and the home opener against the Cavs on Oct. 20, for just $500.

For more information, or to sign up for the 50th Anniversary Superpass, fans can visit


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