ESPN’s NBA Full Court Press: ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Features Highly Anticipated Warriors-Celtics Matchup


ESPN’s NBA Full Court Press: ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Features Highly Anticipated Warriors-Celtics Matchup

NBA’s Top MVP Candidates on ESPN this Week: Harden, Antetokounmpo, Curry, Leonard, Embiid

New NBA: Year One Episode Available Exclusively on ESPN+

NBA on ESPN highlights four nights of star-studded basketball this week beginning on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET, when the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid host the San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge. Ryan Ruocco will provide commentary with analyst Mark Jackson and reporter Tom Rinaldi. In the nightcap, the Denver Nuggets visit the Utah Jazz for a 10:30 p.m. Western Conference matchup. Dave Pasch will provide commentary with analyst Chauncey Billups.

MVP Candidates James Harden and Kawhi Leonard share the court for the first time this season when the Houston Rockets host the Toronto Raptors Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Mark Jones will be courtside with analyst Doris Burke and reporter Jorge Sedano to cover the matchup. NBA on ESPN Radio

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors head east to take on Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. ET for this week’s ESPN NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC matchup. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Israel Gutierrez will provide commentary for the night courtside at TD Garden. Host Marc Kestecher and analyst Jon Barry will call the game for ESPN Radio.

Sunday’s NBA on ESPN showcase takes place in Oklahoma City when Russell Westbrook and the Thunder host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, who currently hold the NBA’s best record, at 6 p.m. ET. Dave Pasch will provide commentary with analyst Doris Burke.

NBA Countdown, ESPN’s NBA pregame show, will tip off game coverage as host Michelle Beadle joins analysts Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups and Jalen Rose to preview the games and give halftime reports. NBA analyst Stan Van Gundy will be in studio for Wednesday’s matchups.

ESPN’s The Jump will air at 3 p.m. this week, hosted by Rachel Nichols and featuring a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and guests. Analysts Scottie Pippen and Paul Pierce will break down the James Harden vs. Kawhi Leonard matchup in a special demo set to air Friday, ahead of the Raptors-Rockets game.

13x NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and 8x NBA All-Star Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks give rookie teammates Luka Doncic and Trae Young  career advice in the latest episode of the ESPN+ series NBA: Year One. As the halfway mark approaches in their first NBA season, the rookies are still green and unsure about how to survive and thrive in the NBA and look for guidance from their veteran teammates in the NBA: Year One “Mentors” episode, available exclusively on ESPN+. NBA: Year One gives fans an unprecedented, all-access look behind the scenes of the most notable NBA rookies, on and off the court. ESPN+ is the premium direct-to-consumer sports service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.

More digital content is available on the NBA section of, including this week’s NBA Power Rankings.

All ESPN programming is available to stream on the ESPN App.


Shakeemah Simmons-Winter

I am a senior publicist for men’s pro sports, working predominantly with the NBA and FIBA properties. I’m a Jersey City, NJ native, so I cheer for all New York sports and athletes, win or lose. I began my sports career as a small forward for JCPS #9’s elementary basketball team, and then years later gave up my hoop dreams (sort of) to work as the Public Relations Coordinator for the New York Knicks. Prior to working in sports, I briefly worked as an intern turned production assistant for the Wendy Williams Show. I earned a B.A. in Communications from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where I met my husband Matthew, and later attended New York University to earn a M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. I am excited to continue my sports journey with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the sports industry.