The National Basketball Association (NBA) released the complete game schedule for its 75th anniversary season. Moreover, the broadcast schedules for several broadcasters across TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV and ESPN Radio were also released for its landmark season. The complete regular-season schedule comprises 82 games per team and will commence on October 19, 2021. The season is slated to conclude on April 10, 2022.
To mark the milestone of 75 years, the NBA is set to feature as many as 75 Classic matchups to celebrate the teams, players, coaches and moments that have gone on to be the crux of NBA basketball. Check out some of the key classic matchups that are set to be the highlights of the season here:
Earlier, NBA had already announced the schedule of the games for the opening week as well as Christmas Day. However, the complete game schedule and broadcast details were announced much recently.
As per the fixtures announced, the first four days of the event will see eight national television games as part of NBA Tip-Off 2021. It is also being reported that broadcasters TNT and ESPN will be airing two doubleheaders each. The games will display 12 different teams, the last eight players to have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award as well as three rematches from last season's playoffs.
October 19, the opening day will see a doubleheader as the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks host the Brooklyn Nets in a rematch of a 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals series. This will be followed by the Golden State Warriors touring the Los Angeles Lakers.
While the matches on the 19th will be covered by TNT, ESPN will commence its broadcast on October 20. The Boston Celtics visiting the New York Knicks will make up for the first of the two contests lined up, the other one being defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns welcoming the Denver Nuggets. This will be a rematch of the 2021 Conference Semifinals series.
Other than these, the NBA is set to witness five games on Christmas Day for the 14th successive year. It will begin with the Hawks facing the Knicks in New York, then the Celtics will visit the Bucks, followed by the Suns hosting the Warriors. Next, the Lakers and Nets will meet in Los Angeles. The Christmas Day schedule will conclude with the Mavericks visiting the Utah Jazz.
The complete schedule can be found here.