NBA announces schedule for 75th Anniversary Season (2023)

NBA announces schedule for 75th Anniversary Season (1)

  • 2021-22 Regular Season Schedule
  • Ticket info & buying options
  • Team-by-team broadcast schedules
  • NBA TV to televise 107 regular season games
  • NBA celebrates 75th season with classic, anniversary matchups

NEW YORK – The NBA today released the complete game schedule and broadcast schedules for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV and ESPN Radio for its landmark 75th Anniversary Season.

The complete regular-season schedule and team-by-team schedules are attached and available at NBA.com/schedule. The 2021-22 regular season, which comprises 82 games per team, will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, and conclude on Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Throughout the season, the league will feature NBA 75 Classic Matchups to celebrate the teams, players, coaches and moments that have defined 75 years of NBA basketball. Below are some of the Classic Matchups that will be highlighted during the season:

Throughout the 2021-22 regular season, the NBA will feature #NBA75 Classic Matchups to celebrate the teams, players, coaches and moments that have defined 75 years of NBA basketball! pic.twitter.com/NYxx48KqXS

(Video) Full NBA 75 Team Announced! 💎

— NBA (@NBA) August 20, 2021

• NBA TV will present a matchup between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors on Monday, Nov. 1 (7:30 p.m. ET), marking the 75th anniversary of the league’s first regular-season game, which was played between the Knicks and Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946.

• The three franchises that have played in every NBA season – the Knicks, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors (who began as the Philadelphia Warriors) – will face each other across three nationally televised games during a five-day stretch in December: Warriors at Knicks on Tuesday, Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT); Warriors at Celtics on Friday, Dec. 17 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN); and Knicks at Celtics on Saturday, Dec. 18 (8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV).

• On Friday, Jan. 7, the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Atlanta Hawks on ESPN (10 p.m. ET). The matchup will take place 50 years to the day (Jan. 7, 1972) that the Lakers defeated Atlanta for their 33rd straight victory, which remains the longest winning streak in NBA history.

The NBA previously announced its national television schedule for the first four days of the season and Christmas Day. Kia NBA Tip-Off 2021 will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with a TNT doubleheader as the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks host the Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET) and the Warriors visit the Lakers (10 p.m. ET). On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Knicks will host the Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets will visit the Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET) in an ESPN doubleheader. TNT will have a doubleheader on Thursday, Oct. 21 (Dallas Mavericks at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. ET; LA Clippers at Warriors, 10 p.m. ET), and ESPN will have a doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 22 (Nets at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. ET; Suns at Lakers, 10 p.m. ET).

Christmas Day will feature five games across ESPN and ABC on Saturday, Dec. 25: Hawks at Knicks (12 p.m. ET, ESPN); Celtics at Bucks (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC); Warriors at Suns (5 p.m. ET, ABC); Nets at Lakers (8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN); and Mavericks at Utah Jazz (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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Below are additional highlights of the national broadcast schedule for the 75th Anniversary Season:

Star power, reunions, rematches highlight 2021-22 NBA schedule

The 2021-22 regular season schedule pays tribute to the NBA's history for 75th anniversary season.

• TNT will air 18 Tuesday doubleheaders and 12 Thursday doubleheaders in the 2021-22 season, while ESPN will televise 21 Wednesday doubleheaders and 13 Friday doubleheaders. Every doubleheader across both networks on those four nights will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/10 p.m. ET.

• NBA TV will tip off its live game coverage for the 2021-22 season on Saturday, Oct. 23 with a doubleheader as the Indiana Pacers host the Miami Heat (7 p.m. ET) and the Suns visit the Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET).

• NBA TV’s Center Court franchise will make its season debut on Monday, Oct. 25 with the Washington Wizards visiting the Nets (7:30 p.m. ET) and continue the following week with the NBA 75 Classic Matchup between the Knicks and Raptors. Center Court, which includes 20 games throughout the season, incorporates enhanced viewing options such as unique camera angles, next-gen analytics and social media integrations into the originally produced telecast.

(Video) Michael Jordan NBA 75 List Introduction 🐐

• The top two overall picks in the NBA Draft 2021 presented by State Farm, the Detroit Pistons’ Cade Cunningham (No. 1) and the Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green (No. 2), are scheduled to meet in the regular season for the first time when Detroit visits Houston on Wednesday, Nov. 10 on ESPN (7:30 p.m. ET).

• A TNT doubleheader will highlight the Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule on Monday, Jan. 17. First, the Memphis Grizzlies will host the Chicago Bulls (3:30 p.m. ET) in Memphis’ 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game. In the second game, the Bucks will face the Hawks in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET) in a rematch of the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals. The national television schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day will also include a matchup between the Jazz and Lakers in Los Angeles on NBA TV (10:30 p.m. ET).

• The seventh season of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 11 when the Warriors visit the 76ers (8:30 p.m. ET). The Primetime series will have a game each Saturday from Jan. 29 – March 12 except Feb. 19 during the All-Star break.

• Six-time NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry of Miami, who played the previous nine seasons with the Raptors and helped the franchise win the NBA championship in the 2018-19 season, leads the Heat in a road game against Toronto on Thursday, Feb. 3 on TNT (7:30 p.m. ET). The matchup is the first of the Heat’s two road games against the Raptors this season.

• The ABC Sunday Showcase series will return on Sunday, Feb. 13 when the Hawks visit the Celtics (2 p.m. ET). ABC will air Sunday Showcase doubleheaders at 1 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 27, March 6, March 13 and April 3.

• TNT will broadcast the first matchup between the Bucks and Suns since the NBA Finals 2021 presented by YouTube TV when the teams meet on Thursday, Feb. 10 in Phoenix (10 p.m. ET). In the second meeting, Milwaukee will host Phoenix on Sunday, March 6 on ABC (3:30 p.m. ET).

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• ESPN and TNT will both televise doubleheaders on the final day of the regular season, Sunday, April 10. The matchups for ESPN (1 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. ET) and TNT (7:30 p.m. ET/10 p.m. ET) will be determined at a later date.

• The NBA on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA TV will present flexible scheduling throughout the regular season to provide the most compelling matchups to a national audience.

• ESPN Radio will broadcast 24 games in the regular season, including Nets-Bucks on opening night and Warriors-Suns and Nets-Lakers on Christmas Day. It will also provide coverage from NBA All-Star 2022 in Cleveland and air the NBA Finals 2022 presented by YouTube TV.

The 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament will take place April 12-15 (Tuesday – Friday), followed by the start of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on Saturday, April 16. TNT will present the 2022 Western Conference Finals and ESPN/ABC will present the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals. ABC will televise the NBA Finals 2022 presented by YouTube TV, marking its 20th consecutive season as the exclusive home of the league’s championship series. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is scheduled to be played on Thursday, June 2.

NBA League Pass will offer live, out-of-market games all season through the NBA App, NBA.com, connected televisions and TV providers. Fans can unlock direct access to stream matchups featuring their favorite teams and players with NBA League Pass (blackout restrictions apply). For more information, visit NBA.com/leaguepass.

For the 2021-22 season, 46 weekend games will air in primetime in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as part of the league’s “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K22” primetime initiative.

(Video) Kobe Bryant Introduction into NBA 75th Anniversary

FAQs

Is this the 76th NBA season? ›

The 2021–22 NBA season was the 76th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Is the NBA schedule out yet? ›

The NBA has released its full schedule for the 2022-23 season. NEW YORK – The NBA today released its complete game schedule and broadcast schedules for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV and ESPN Radio for the 2022-23 regular season. The complete schedule and team-by-team schedules are attached and available at NBA.com/schedule.

Why does NBA 75 have 76 players? ›

Tasked with compiling a list of 75 players, the committee named an additional 76th member due to a tie in voting. It was built as part of the league's anniversary celebration during the 2021–22 NBA season.

Who voted for NBA 75th anniversary? ›

Q: Who votes on the 75th Anniversary team? The team was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of media and current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives. As a result of a tie in the voting, the 75th Anniversary Team features 76 players.

Is this NBA season 82 games? ›

Having a limited time to finish the season, the NBA adopted a 72-game format that year, before returning to an 82-game schedule in 2021-22.

How many games will the NBA play in 2023? ›

24, in-season tournament could reduce schedule to 80 games, per report. The NBA has informed teams the 2023-24 regular season will begin on Oct. 24, 2023 and conclude on April 14, 2024, per Shams Charania.

Will NBA have a lockout? ›

NBA unlikely to follow MLB's lead with a lockout when current CBA expires after 2023-24 season, per report - CBSSports.com.

Why is NBA blacked out? ›

Why is NBA TV blocked in my area? It's likely that your IP address is being blocked by the NBA League Pass because they are not providing the service in your area. The NBA League Pass is a subscription service that allows basketball fans to watch out-of-market games live or on demand.

What does +/- mean NBA? ›

How many players have had a 70-point game? ›

This feat has been accomplished 82 times in NBA history. Thirty-four players have scored 60 or more points in a game, while just seven players have joined the 70-point club.

Was kd part of the 75? ›

Kevin Durant to Miss NBA 75th Anniversary Team Ceremony After Death of Grandmother. Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was one of the current players selected to the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team as one of the league's 75 greatest players, but he will not take part in Sunday's celebration.

Who is considered the best NBA player of all time? ›

1. Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan is widely known as the game's greatest player—and for good reason.

Did any MVPs not make NBA 75? ›

Nikola Jokic and Derrick Rose were the only former NBA MVPs that did not make the NBA 75 list.

Who is the youngest player on the NBA 75 team? ›

NBA 75: Giannis Antetokounmpo | Giannis Antetokounmpo | A legend at 27. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the youngest player on the NBA 75 list.

Did Steph make the top 75? ›

Stephen Curry is No. 15 on The Athletic's ranking of 75 greatest players ever because his accomplishments are wholly impressive. Three-time NBA champion.

How many times has LeBron played 82 games? ›

LeBron James played all 82 games for the first time in his career. At the same time he became the oldest player ever to lead the NBA in total minutes played! No signs of slowing down. Rod Ervin Abundo and 7,250 others like this.

How does the NBA 82-game schedule work? ›

Here's how the 82-game schedule for each team breaks down: Two games apiece against out-of-conference foes (30 games) Four games apiece against teams in-division (16 games) Either three or four games apiece against intraconference opponents (36 games spread across 10 opponents)

Why is the NBA schedule 82 games? ›

NBA Stadiums used for more than basketball

The idea behind the scheduling is to give each team a competitive balance and reduce costs of road trips. While doing this, the league has to take into account every franchises 41 home games and 41 away games throughout the year, while keeping in mind stadium availability.

When did NBA season start 2022? ›

Is the NBA season 72 or 82 games? ›

The 82-game NBA season has been in place since 1967-68, but has come under scrutiny recently, with the flames being stoked most notably by commissioner Adam Silver.

Why does the NBA have an 82 game season? ›

82 Games Schedule Is About Revenue, Not Players or Fans

The fact of the matter is that the NBA knows its players and fans would be better served by a shorter schedule. They know it would give players invaluable time to heal, extend the careers of stars and lessen the amount of in-season injuries.

Is NBA coming back to Seattle? ›

For the first time since 2018, when the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings played in Key Arena, the NBA is returning to Seattle. The year's preseason game, coined the “Rain City Showcase,” will feature the LA Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers at Climate Pledge Arena.

Is the 2022 2023 NBA schedule release? ›

When will the NBA schedule be released? NBA schedules for the 2022-23 season will be released by the league at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The NBA will announce its complete game and national television schedules for the 2022-23 regular season tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17, at 3 PM ET.

What is the youngest NBA team 2022? ›

The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the 2022-23 season as the youngest team in the NBA by age, with the average player 23.14 years old.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder – 23.14.
  • Houston Rockets – 23.58.
  • San Antonio Spurs – 23.84.
  • Orlando Magic – 23.94.
  • Memphis Grizzlies – 24.27.
  • Charlotte Hornets – 24.60.
  • Portland Trail Blazers – 24.78.
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How long is the 2023 NBA season? ›

The 2023 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on February 19, 2023, at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
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2022–23 NBA season
DurationOctober 18, 2022 – April 9, 2023 April 11–14, 2023 (Play-in tournament) April 15, 2023 – May 2023 (Playoffs) June 2023 (Finals)
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