Six NBA Matchups in Three Nights Across ESPN and ABC

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Six NBA Matchups in Three Nights Across ESPN and ABC

  • Hoops Streams New Studio Show Debuts Wednesday January 15
  • Lakers vs. Rockets in NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Season Launch
  • The Jump and Hoop Streams On Site in Houston
  • New Orleans Pelicans Host LA Clippers in Special ABC Matinee Game

This week’s NBA on ESPN coverage tips off on Wednesday Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. ET in Philadelphia when Ben Simmons and the 76ers host the Brooklyn Nets. Dave Pasch will provide commentary with analyst Doris Burke and reporter Tom Rinaldi. In the 9:30 p.m. nightcap, Carmelo Anthony faces his former team as the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Houston Rockets, starring James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Mark Jones will call the action with analyst Jeff Van Gundy. Scott Van Pelt will lead halftime coverage for both games.

Friday’s NBA on ESPN doubleheader begins at 7 p.m. when Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls visit Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers. Dave Pasch and Doris Burke return to Wells Fargo Center to call the matchup with reporter Jorge Sedano. In the second half of the doubleheader, Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers at 9:30 p.m. Play-by-play commentator Ryan Ruocco will call the game with analyst Chauncey Billups.

ESPN is expanding its digital NBA coverage with a weekly Hoop Streams digital studio show premiering Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. with digital and social commentator Omar Raja, analyst Chiney Ogwumike and social host Christine Williamson. The show will focus on culture and viral moments across basketball. Hoop Streams will be the first show produced from ESPN’s new Studio E in Bristol, dedicated exclusively to its growing digital content and shows. The show will be available to stream live on Twitter, YouTube, and the ESPN App.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by Under Armour

ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC returns for the fifth season this Saturday, Jan. 18 when the Houston Rockets, led by James Harden, host the Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James, at 8:30 p.m. Mike Breen will provide commentary for the night with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters. ESPN officiating expert, Steve Javie, will provide analysis from the NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J.

The Jump, ESPN’s daily NBA news and discussion show, will lead into the game at 8 p.m. from Houston with host Rachel Nichols and ESPN analysts Scottie Pippen, Paul Pierce, and Michael Wilbon.

Hoop Streams, ESPN’s on-site digital NBA pregame show, will be live from Toyota Center with host Cassidy Hubbarth and ESPN NBA analysts Kendrick Perkins and Amin Elhassan. Hoop Streams is available to stream on the ESPN App, and ESPN’s Twitter and YouTube platforms.

ABC will broadcast a special matinee edition of the series on Jan. 18 featuring the LA Clippers, starring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and the New Orleans Pelicans at 3:30 p.m. Mark Jones will call the action from Smoothie King Center with analyst and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez. NBA Countdown will lead into the game beginning at 3 p.m. with host Maria Taylor, analysts Jalen Rose and Jay Williams and NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The show will highlight the latest ESPN Cover Story on six-time NBA All-Star Paul George written by ESPN senior writer Ramona Shelburne.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators
Wed, Jan. 15 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers Dave Pasch, Doris Burke, Tom Rinaldi
Wed, Jan. 15 9:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy
Fri, Jan. 17 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers Dave Pasch, Doris Burke, Jorge Sedano
Fri, Jan. 17 9:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks Ryan Ruocco, Chauncey Billups
Sat, Jan. 18 3:30 p.m. LA Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez
Sat, Jan. 18 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters, Steve Javie

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.
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