NBA games today: Complete TV schedule, upcoming Week 4 matchups

Check in here throughout the 2020-21 season to find out when and where to watch the biggest NBA games today.

By Matt Fitzgerald
March 6, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Alex Caruso (4) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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NBA games today: Thursday, January 21

Here are the latest NBA matchups:

Game:Time (EST):TV:
Lakers @ Bucks7:30 PMTNT, Spectrum SportsNet
Pelicans @ Jazz10 PMTNT, Fox Sports New Orleans
Nets @ Warriors10 PMNBC 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.

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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.

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Story of the day: NBA Finals preview for Lakers vs. Bucks?

NBA games today: NBA Finals preview for Lakers vs. Bucks?
March 6, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) collides with Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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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.

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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.

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NBA schedule 2020-21: Upcoming regular season games

Friday, January 22

Game:Time (EST):TV:
Bulls @ Hornets7 PMNBC Sports Chicago, Fox Sports Southeast
Rockets @ Pistons7 PMAT&T Sportsnet, Fox Sports Detroit
Magic @ Pacers7 PMFox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Indiana
Nets @ Cavaliers7:30 PMYES, Fox Sports Ohio
Celtics @ 76ers7:30 PMESPN, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Heat @ Raptors7:30 PMFox Sports Sun, TSN
Wizards @ Bucks8 PMNBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Wisconsin
Hawks @ Timberwolves8 PMFox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports North
Mavericks @ Spurs8:30 PMFox Sports Southwest
Nuggets @ Suns10 PMESPN, Altitude, Fox Sports Arizona
Thunder @ Clippers10 PMFox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Grizzlies @ Trail Blazers10 PMFox Sports Southeast, NBC Sports Northwest
Knicks @ Kings10 PMMSG, NBC Sports California

Saturday, January 23

Game:Time (EST):TV:
Warriors @ Jazz5 PMNBA TV, NBC Sports Bay Area, AT&T SportsNet
76ers @ Pistons7 PMNBC Sports Philadelphia, Fox Sports Detroit
Heat @ Nets7:30 PMNBA TV, Fox Sports Sun, YES
Lakers @ Bulls8 PMSpectrum SportsNet, NBC Sports Chicago
Pelicans @ Timberwolves8 PMFox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports North
Rockets @ Mavericks8:30 PMAT&T SportsNet, Fox Sports Southwest
Nuggets @ Suns9 PMAltitude, Fox Sports Arizona

Sunday, January 24

Game:Time (EST):TV:
Raptors @ Pacers3:30 PMNBA TV, Sportsnet, Fox Sports Indiana
Cavaliers @ Celtics4 PMFox Sports Ohio, NBC Sports Boston
Thunder @ Clippers4 PMFox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Hornets @ Magic6 PMFox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Florida
Wizards @ Spurs7 PMNBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Southwest
Hawks @ Bucks7:30 PMFox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Wisconsin
Kings @ Grizzlies8 PMNBC Sports California, Fox Sports Southeast
Knicks @ Trail Blazers9 PMMSG, NBC Sports Northwest