See the NBA Christmas Day 2021 Game Schedule for ABC and ESPN

See the NBA Christmas Day 2021 Game Schedule for ABC and ESPN

ESPN and ABC will combine to nationally televise all five NBA Christmas Day games on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021 – a slate that spans 13 consecutive hours of marquee live event coverage. This marks ESPN and ABC's 20th consecutive season of NBA coverage, including Christmas Day. All games will be available to stream on the ESPN App. The Christmas Day slate includes a blockbuster primetime matchup at 8 p.m. EST as the Los Angeles Lakers – led by the trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook – host the Brooklyn Nets, led by Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. The game will simulcast on ABC and ESPNABC's national Christmas Day tripleheader begins at 2:30 p.m. as the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks – led by NBA Finals M.V.P. Giannis Antetokounmpo – host the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum. ABC's coverage continues at 5 p.m. as the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker host the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

ESPN will bookend the five-game Christmas Day slate, with coverage tipping off at 12 p.m. from historic Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks and Julius Randle will host the Atlanta Hawks and Trae Young in an NBA Playoffs rematch. In the NBA Christmas nightcap at 10:30 p.m., ESPN will televise a Western Conference showdown as Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz host Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks. Full ESPN and ABC Christmas Day Schedule below:

Time (EST)

Telecast

Platform(s)

12 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks

ESPN, ESPN App

2:30 p.m.

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

ABC, ESPN App

5 p.m.

Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns

ABC, ESPN App

8 p.m.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

ABC, ESPN, ESPN App

10:30 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz

ESPN, ESPN App

NBA on ESPN Opening Week: ESPN's 2021-2022 NBA regular season coverage will tip off with a doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 20. At 7:30 p.m., the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum visit the New York Knicks and former Celtic Kemba Walker. It will mark Walker's first game against his former team. At 10 p.m., the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns host the Denver Nuggets and reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokić. ESPN's opening week coverage continues with an additional doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 22. At 7:30 p.m., an Eastern Conference rivalry continues as the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant visit the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid. At 10 p.m., the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James host the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker. ESPN Opening Week Schedule below:

Date

Time (EDT)

Telecast

Platform(s)

Wed, Oct 20

7:30 p.m.

Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

ESPN, ESPN App

10 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct 22

7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

ESPN, ESPN App

10 p.m.

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers

ESPN, ESPN App

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