NBA on ESPN Continues with Star Studded Wednesday Night and Friday Night Doubleheaders


NBA on ESPN Continues with Star Studded Wednesday Night and Friday Night Doubleheaders

This week’s ESPN NBA Wednesday coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with the SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith presented by Mtn Dew pre-game show, live from TD Garden. The show will preview Wednesday’s ESPN doubleheader and feature special guests and analysts including former Boston Celtics NBA Champion Paul Pierce.

The doubleheader tips off at 7:30 p.m. when Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visit Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics. Mark Jones will call the action with analyst Doris Burke and reporter Lisa Salters. In the second half of the doubleheader, beginning at 10 p.m., play-by-play commentator Dave Pasch and analyst Mark Jackson will be courtside in Utah to call the action between the Jazz, featuring Donovan Mitchell, and the L.A. Clippers, featuring Kawhi Leonard. Scott Van Pelt will lead halftime coverage for both games.

On Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets host James Harden and the Houston Rockets to tip off Friday’s doubleheader. Mike Breen is on the call with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth. In the 9:30 p.m. nightcap, the Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis face the Dallas Mavericks, led by Luka Dončić and Kristaps Porzingis. Ryan Ruocco will call the action from American Airlines Center with Doris Burke.

NBA Countdown, ESPN and ABC’s longstanding NBA pregame show, will lead Friday’s halftime studio coverage with host, Maria Taylor, analysts Jalen Rose and Jay Williams, and senior NBA insider, Adrian Wojnarowski.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators
Wed, Oct. 30 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Lisa Salters
Wed, Oct. 30 10 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Utah Jazz Dave Pasch, Mark Jackson
Fri, Nov. 1 7 p.m. Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Cassidy Hubbarth
Fri, Nov. 1 9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks Ryan Ruocco, Doris Burke

The Jump, ESPN’s hour-long NBA news and discussion show, airs Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. with host, Rachel Nichols and a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and special guests.

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.
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