Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks Appear on ESPN Twice this Week

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Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks Appear on ESPN Twice this Week

  • NBA Countdown Tips Off Friday’s NBA on ESPN Coverage
  • Disney Star Wars Experience Feature with Brook and Robin Lopez
  • Kevin Garnett and Adam Sandler to Join The Jump Wednesday
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. Joins The Jump Wednesday
  • The Jump Reveals Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Nominees Thursday

This week’s NBA on ESPN game coverage tips off on Dec. 18 with a Wednesday night doubleheader.   The first half of the doubleheader begins at 7 p.m. ET when Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat visit Butler’s former team, the Philadelphia 76ers. Play-by-play commentator Mike Breen will call the action with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Tom Rinaldi. In the 9:30 p.m. nightcap, the Dallas Mavericks, starring Kristaps Porzingis, host the Boston Celtics, starring Kemba Walker. Mark Jones and Mark Jackson will call the game from American Airlines Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks return to ESPN on Friday, Dec. 20, to face one another at 8 p.m. Ryan Ruocco, Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Rinaldi will call the action from the sidelines at Wells Fargo Center.

NBA Countdown will lead into Friday’s game beginning at 7 p.m. with host Maria Taylor and analysts Jalen Rose, Jay Williams and Paul Pierce. NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski will join the show from Las Vegas to report from the NBA G League Winter Showcase Tournament. Friday’s show will also highlight ESPN writer Ohm Youngmisuk’s feature with brothers and teammates, Brook and Robin Lopez, as they explore the new Star Wars experience at Disney.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators
Wed, Dec. 18 7 p.m. Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Rinaldi
Wed, Dec. 18 9:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks Mark Jones, Mark Jackson
Fri, Dec. 20 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers Ryan Ruocco, Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Rinaldi

The Jump, ESPN’s hour-long NBA news and discussion show, airs at 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday this week with host Rachel Nichols and a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and special guests. Wednesday’s episode features a segment with former teammates and NBA Champions Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett along with actor and comedian Adam Sandler. Phoenix Suns star Kelly Oubre Jr. will join Wednesday’s show in a separate segment to discuss his NBA season thus far and other NBA headlines.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, The Jump will exclusively reveal this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame nominees.

NBA 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.