NBA preseason 2021: Full schedule, how to watch on TV, streaming options for every game

Throw on that jersey, sit on that couch and turn on that TV. A new NBA season is finally here — well, sort of.

Before playing in the games that actually count, NBA teams will take the floor for preseason action this month. It all starts with Sunday’s preseason opener between the Nets and Lakers, which could be a 2022 NBA Finals preview. The preseason will conclude on Oct. 15 with an eight-game slate featuring two national TV matchups (Celtics vs. Heat and Trail Blazers vs. Warriors).

Here is a complete guide to watching NBA preseason games, including the TV and streaming options for each contest.

When does the 2021 NBA preseason start?

NBA teams will play preseason games from Oct. 3-15. There will be a three-day break between the end of the preseason and start of the regular season.

How to watch NBA preseason games

NBA preseason games will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV and TNT. You can also stream games via NBA League Pass or fuboTV, which offers a free trial. Fans in Canada can watch games on NBA TV Canada, SN and TSN.

NBA preseason schedule 2021

Sunday, Oct. 3

Monday, Oct. 4

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Thursday, Oct. 7

Friday, Oct. 8

Saturday, Oct. 9

Sunday, Oct. 10

Monday, Oct. 11

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Thursday, Oct. 14

Friday, Oct. 15

NBA regular season schedule 2021-22

After playing 72 games last season, NBA teams will return to the usual 82-game slate for the 2021-22 campaign. Here’s a breakdown of the 2021-22 NBA calendar:

Tuesday, Oct. 19 (Opening Night)

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Thursday, Oct. 21

Friday, Oct. 22

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