If you’re seeking when and where to watch NBA games today, you’ve come to the right place. The 2020-21 regular season is officially underway, and there are already some fascinating storylines unfolding across the league.
Continue reading for an updated TV schedule that will be made current throughout the season. For now, we’ll feature the most immediate contests that are on tap.
NBA games today: Thursday, January 21
Here are the latest NBA matchups:
|Lakers @ Bucks||7:30 PM||TNT, Spectrum SportsNet|
|Pelicans @ Jazz||10 PM||TNT, Fox Sports New Orleans|
|Nets @ Warriors||10 PM||NBC Sports Bay Area, MSG|
It’s expected that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will continue to throw wrenches in the schedule. Whereas the end of the 2019-20 campaign was played in the Orlando bubble, this season will feature modified schedules and teams getting the chance to play in their home arenas, albeit with few to no fans in attendance at least for the time being.
The NBA was on the cutting edge among major sports leagues in terms of adapting to the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic. Commissioner Adam Silver’s leadership has been key, and the Association has sent a 134-page guide for COVID-19 protocols to all 30 teams.
There were 48 positive COVID tests around the NBA in early December, but the hope was for it as an outlier and more a result of a nationwide surge than any lack of adherence to the rules. As deterrents for breaking protocols, the possibilities of in-season quarantines and reduced paychecks loom for violators.
Unfortunately, things took an unfortunate turn this past week. The Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks were among a handful of teams to deal with major roster issues due to positive COVID-19 tests and the league’s safety protocols. Ultimately, Miami’s inability to field eight available players led to a matchup against Boston being postponed.
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The NBA is hopeful that it can get through this difficult period without pausing the season. If the situation gets worse, though, there’s no telling what could happen.
Story of the day: NBA Finals preview for Lakers vs. Bucks?
Does it get any better than Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks taking on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT? Hard to think of a more significant matchup in the early going of the new NBA season to date.
LeBron got spurned for MVP honors in favor of the Greek Freak last season, only to go on a tear in the Orlando bubble and seize his fourth championship. The 11-4 Lakers are coming off a loss to Golden State, while the Bucks (9-5) have won seven of nine but lost their last contest against Brooklyn, who’s legitimately going to challenge the Deer for the No. 1 seed in the East.
With 10 fewer games this season, each one really means a lot more, and the Purple and Gold are tied atop the West right now in record with the Clippers. The good news for LeBron and Co. is that they’re 7-0 on the road. Home court isn’t really a thing right now, but it’s a testament to how well the new-look Lakers are building chemistry despite several new pieces on the roster.
Jrue Holiday has been a strong addition to the Bucks, providing them with another elite defender who’s also sporting shooting percentage splits of 48.9/38.7/86.7. Khris Middleton is on course for a 50/40/90 line, and if those two complement Giannis that well, especially against quality opponents like the Lakers, then Milwaukee really has a shot to get to the NBA Finals.
NBA schedule 2020-21: Upcoming regular season games
Friday, January 22
|Bulls @ Hornets||7 PM||NBC Sports Chicago, Fox Sports Southeast|
|Rockets @ Pistons||7 PM||AT&T Sportsnet, Fox Sports Detroit|
|Magic @ Pacers||7 PM||Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Indiana|
|Nets @ Cavaliers||7:30 PM||YES, Fox Sports Ohio|
|Celtics @ 76ers||7:30 PM||ESPN, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia|
|Heat @ Raptors||7:30 PM||Fox Sports Sun, TSN|
|Wizards @ Bucks||8 PM||NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Wisconsin|
|Hawks @ Timberwolves||8 PM||Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports North|
|Mavericks @ Spurs||8:30 PM||Fox Sports Southwest|
|Nuggets @ Suns||10 PM||ESPN, Altitude, Fox Sports Arizona|
|Thunder @ Clippers||10 PM||Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket|
|Grizzlies @ Trail Blazers||10 PM||Fox Sports Southeast, NBC Sports Northwest|
|Knicks @ Kings||10 PM||MSG, NBC Sports California|
Saturday, January 23
|Warriors @ Jazz||5 PM||NBA TV, NBC Sports Bay Area, AT&T SportsNet|
|76ers @ Pistons||7 PM||NBC Sports Philadelphia, Fox Sports Detroit|
|Heat @ Nets||7:30 PM||NBA TV, Fox Sports Sun, YES|
|Lakers @ Bulls||8 PM||Spectrum SportsNet, NBC Sports Chicago|
|Pelicans @ Timberwolves||8 PM||Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports North|
|Rockets @ Mavericks||8:30 PM||AT&T SportsNet, Fox Sports Southwest|
|Nuggets @ Suns||9 PM||Altitude, Fox Sports Arizona|
Sunday, January 24
|Raptors @ Pacers||3:30 PM||NBA TV, Sportsnet, Fox Sports Indiana|
|Cavaliers @ Celtics||4 PM||Fox Sports Ohio, NBC Sports Boston|
|Thunder @ Clippers||4 PM||Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket|
|Hornets @ Magic||6 PM||Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Florida|
|Wizards @ Spurs||7 PM||NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Southwest|
|Hawks @ Bucks||7:30 PM||Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Wisconsin|
|Kings @ Grizzlies||8 PM||NBC Sports California, Fox Sports Southeast|
|Knicks @ Trail Blazers||9 PM||MSG, NBC Sports Northwest|