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  • Updated: December 04, 2020

Nets-Warriors, Lakers-Clippers On Opening Night Dec. 22, Five Christmas Day Games Highlight Start Of 2020-21 NBA Season

The National Basketball Association (NBA) on Thursday announced its national television schedule for the first three-game days of the 2020-21 season: an opening-night doubleheader on Tuesday, December 22, one game each on TNT and ESPN on Wednesday, December 23, and five Christmas Day games across ESPN and ABC on Friday, December 25.


AllNews reports that the complete game schedule and broadcast schedules for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV, and ESPN Radio for the First Half of the regular season (December 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021) will be announced on Friday, December 4.


NBA Tip-Off 2020 will begin on Tuesday, December 22 with a TNT doubleheader as the Golden State Warriors visit the Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. ET and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers at 10 p.m. ET. 


TNT will present an opening-night doubleheader for the 25th consecutive season, marking Turner Sports’ 37th straight year of NBA coverage.


On Wednesday, December 23, the Milwaukee Bucks will visit the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT and the Phoenix Suns will host the Dallas Mavericks at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.


The Suns-Mavericks matchup will tip off ESPN’s 19th consecutive year of NBA coverage.


The NBA will feature five games on Christmas Day (Friday, December 25) for the 13th year in a row, with ESPN or ABC televising each matchup.


The 73rd edition of the NBA on Christmas Day will begin on ESPN with the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat hosting the New Orleans Pelicans (12 p.m. ET).


ABC’s coverage will start with the Warriors visiting the Bucks (2:30 p.m. ET), followed by the Celtics hosting the Nets (5 p.m. ET).


Next, ABC and ESPN will both televise a matchup between the Lakers and Mavericks in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET).


The Christmas Day schedule will conclude on ESPN as the Clippers visit the Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET) in a rematch of a 2020 Western Conference Semifinals series.


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Below is the national television schedule for the first three-game days of the 2020-21 season:


Tuesday, December 22: Opening Night


Road Team


Home Team


Time (ET)




Golden State Warriors


Brooklyn Nets


7:00 p.m.




LA Clippers


Los Angeles Lakers


10:00 p.m.
























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