ESPN & ABC Combine to Nationally Televise 101 Games during 2021-22 NBA Regular Season

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ESPN & ABC Combine to Nationally Televise 101 Games during 2021-22 NBA Regular Season

  • Blockbuster NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Schedule Includes Two Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers Games
  • Superstars on Display All Season Long: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Devin Booker, Kyrie Irving, Luka Dončić, Trae Young, Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, Julius Randle and More
  • Five-Game Christmas Day Spectacular Featuring Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  • ESPN to Celebrate the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Season Across Platforms

ESPN and ABC today announced their 101-game national television schedule for the 2021-22 regular season, which begins on Wednesday, October 20, and culminates on Sunday, April 10. ESPN will televise 82 games, while ABC will broadcast 19 games. This marks ESPN’s 20th consecutive season of NBA game coverage, dating back to 2002-03 campaign.

ESPN will celebrate the NBA’s 75th anniversary season throughout the year across its platforms. Pillar dates for the regular season schedule include ESPN’s season-opening doubleheader on Wednesday, October 20, its Thanksgiving Eve prime-time doubleheader, the five-game Christmas Day slate and the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and ABC Sunday Showcase series.

In addition to the regular season, ESPN will televise several NBA preseason games, as well as up to 44 NBA Playoffs telecasts, culminating with exclusive coverage of the NBA Finals. ESPN will also exclusively televise the Eastern Conference Finals and three NBA Play-In Tournament games. All ESPN and ABC NBA telecasts are available to stream via the ESPN App.

NBA on ABC schedule highlights:

  • Six appearances by the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry;
  • Five appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James, the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant, and the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo;
  • Four appearances by the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum;
  • Kevin Durant returns to Golden State as the Brooklyn Nets visit the Warriors on January 29;
  • NBA Finals rematch on the March 6 edition of ABC Sunday Showcase as the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks take on the Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker;
  • Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James square off with the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry twice on NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC;
  • Christmas Day tripleheader culminating with the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James vs. the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant;
  • NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC begins on December 11 at 8:30 p.m. with the Golden State Warriors visiting the Philadelphia 76ers;
  • NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks host the Brooklyn Nets on February 26 and visit the Golden State Warriors on March 12.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC

The NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC series will return for its seventh season with a star-studded slate featuring some of the league’s most compelling matchups. The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James will take on the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry on February 12 and March 5. The series makes its season debut on December 11 when the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry take on the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid. NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Schedule through March 12

Date Time (ET) Game
Dec 11 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers
Jan 29 8:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Golden State Warriors
Feb 5 8:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers
Feb 12 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors
Feb 26 8:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks
Mar 5 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers
Mar 12 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors

ABC Sunday Showcase presented by Reese’s

The ABC Sunday Showcase presented by Reese’s series will include an NBA Finals rematch as the Milwaukee Bucks host the Phoenix Suns on March 6. The longstanding ABC series returns on February 13 as the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum host the Atlanta Hawks and Trae Young.

Schedule through April 3

Date Time (ET) Game
Feb 13 2 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics
Feb 27 1 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks
3:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns
Mar 6 1 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
3:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks
Mar 13 1 p.m. New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
3:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics
Apr 3 1 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Milwaukee Bucks
3:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

NBA on ESPN highlights:

  • At least 10 appearances each by the NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks;
  • Regular season coverage tips off on October 20 as the Boston Celtics visit the New York Knicks, followed by the Denver Nuggets vs. the Phoenix Suns;
  • Strong opening week slate includes doubleheader on October 22 as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Phoenix Suns;
  • Marquee back-to-back Los Angeles Lakers games, including vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on November 17 and vs. the Boston Celtics on November 19;
  • Thanksgiving Eve doubleheader: the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving vs. Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum, followed by the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry vs. the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid;
  • 2021 Eastern Conference Finals rematch on March 9 when the Atlanta Hawks square off with the NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks;
  • Special Sunday matchups on February 6, February 27, March. 6, March 13 and April 10.

ESPN and ABC’s live game coverage for the 2021-22 NBA regular season tips off with a doubleheader on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN when Kemba Walker and the New York Knicks host Walker’s former team – Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics. In the nightcap, the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker will host the Denver Nuggets and reigning NBA M.V.P. Nikola Jokić at 10 p.m. Action continues on Friday, October 22. NBA on ESPN doubleheaders generally air at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the season. The full schedule is below.

NBA on ESPN schedule through April 10

Date Time (ET) Game
Wed, Oct 20 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
10 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns
Fri, Oct 22 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Oct 27 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at New Orleans Pelicans
10 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, Oct 29 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat
10 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets
Wed, Nov 3 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets
10 p.m. Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Nov 5 7:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks
10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Nov 10 7:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets
10 p.m. Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
Fri, Nov 12 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics
10 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Nov 17 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks
10 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns
Fri, Nov 19 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics
10 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns
Wed, Nov 24 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
10 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Dec 3 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks
10 p.m. LA Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Dec 8 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat
10 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Dec 10 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks
10 p.m. Boston Celtics at Phoenix Suns
Wed, Dec 15 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
10 p.m. LA Clippers at Utah Jazz
Fri, Dec 17 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics
10 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans
Wed, Jan 5 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks
10 p.m. Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets
Fri, Jan 7 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets
10 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Jan 12 7:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks
10 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls
Fri, Jan 14 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies
Wed, Jan 19 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Hornets at Boston Celtics
10 p.m. LA Clippers at Denver Nuggets
Fri, Jan 21 8:00 p.m. Toronto Raptors v. Washington Wizards
Wed, Jan 26 7:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs
10 p.m. Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz
Fri, Jan 28 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks
10 p.m. New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks
Wed, Feb 2 7:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at New York Knicks
10 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz
Fri, Feb 4 10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets
Sun, Feb 6 6 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks
Wed, Feb 9 7:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets
10 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
Wed, Feb 16 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
10 p.m. Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers
Fri, Feb 25 7:30 p.m. Miami Heat at New York Knicks
10 p.m. LA Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
Sun, Feb 27 7:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors
10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Mar 2 7:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns
Fri, Mar 4 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls
10 p.m. New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns
Sun, Mar 6 7:30 p.m. New York Knicks at LA Clippers
10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets
Wed, Mar 9 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks
10 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz
Sun, Mar 13 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns
Mon, Mar 14 8 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers
10:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Utah Jazz
Wed, Mar 16 7:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Brooklyn Nets
10 p.m. Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Mar 23 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Memphis Grizzlies
10 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Mar 30 7:30 p.m. Miami Heat at Boston Celtics
10 p.m. Phoenix Suns at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Apr 6 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
10 p.m. Phoenix Suns at LA Clippers
Sun, Apr 10 1 p.m. TBD
3:30 p.m. TBD

ESPN and ABC NBA Christmas Day presented by State Farm

As previously announced, the ESPN and ABC NBA Christmas Day tradition enters its 20th season on Friday, December 25, with approximately 13 consecutive hours of live event coverage. The Christmas Day slate will feature a blockbuster prime-time matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, led by the trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, playing host to the Brooklyn Nets, led Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. The game airs at 8 p.m. on both ABC and ESPN.

ESPN and ABC Christmas Day schedule

Time (ET) Game Platform
12 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks ESPN, ESPN App
2:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks ABC, ESPN App
5 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns ABC, ESPN App
8 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers ABC, ESPN,

ESPN App

10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz ESPN, ESPN App

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I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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