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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).

MORE: Key upcoming dates for 2021-22 NBA season

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 preseason start date: Oct. 3, 2021
  • NBA preseason end date: Oct. 15, 2021
  • NBA regular season start date: Oct. 19, 2022

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.

MORE: Watch NBA preseason games live with fuboTV (free 7-day trial)

NBA preseason schedule 2021

Sunday, Oct. 3

Game Time (ET) National TV
Nets vs. Lakers 3:30 p.m. NBA TV

Monday, Oct. 4

Game Time (ET) National TV
76ers vs. Raptors 7 p.m.
Magic vs. Celtics 7:30 p.m.
Hawks vs. Heat 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Pelicans vs. Timberwolves 8 p.m.
Hornets vs. Thunder 8 p.m.
Jazz vs. Spurs 8:30 p.m.
Warriors vs. Trail Blazers 10 p.m. NBA TV
Suns vs. Kings 10 p.m.
Nuggets vs. Clippers 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Game Time (ET) National TV
Pacers vs. Knicks 7:30 p.m.
Cavaliers vs. Bulls 8 p.m.
Wizards vs. Rockets 8 p.m.
Bucks vs. Grizzlies 8 p.m. TNT

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Game Time (ET) National TV
Spurs vs. Pistons 7 p.m.
Cavaliers vs. Hawks 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Magic vs. Pelicans 8 p.m.
Jazz vs. Mavericks 8:30 p.m.
Nuggets vs. Warriors 10 p.m.
Lakers vs. Suns 10 p.m. NBA TV
Kings vs. Clippers 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 7

Game Time (ET) National TV
Grizzlies vs. Hornets 7 p.m.
Raptors vs. 76ers 7 p.m. NBA TV
Heat vs. Rockets 10 p.m. ESPN2

Friday, Oct. 8

Game Time (ET) National TV
Pacers vs. Cavaliers 7 p.m.
Bucks vs. Nets 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Pelicans vs. Bulls 8 p.m.
Clippers vs. Mavericks 8:30 p.m.
Heat vs. Spurs 8:30 p.m.
Timberwolves vs. Nuggets 9 p.m.
Lakers vs. Warriors 10 p.m. NBA TV

Saturday, Oct. 9

Game Time (ET) National TV
Raptors vs. Celtics 7 p.m.
Knicks vs. Wizards 7 p.m.
Hawks vs. Grizzlies 8 p.m. NBA TV

Sunday, Oct. 10

Game Time (ET) National TV
Spurs vs. Magic 6 p.m.
Bulls vs. Cavaliers 7 p.m.
Thunder vs. Bucks 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Suns vs. Lakers 10 p.m. ESPN

Monday, Oct. 11

Game Time (ET) National TV
Rockets vs. Raptors 7 p.m.
Hornets vs. Heat 7:30 p.m.
Nets vs. 76ers 8 p.m. ESPN2
Pistons vs. Grizzlies 8 p.m.
Pelicans vs. Jazz 9 p.m.
Kings vs. Trail Blazers 10 p.m.
Timberwolves vs. Clippers 10:30 p.m. NBA TV

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Game Time (ET) National TV
Raptors vs. Wizards 7 p.m. NBA TV
Warriors vs. Lakers 10:30 p.m. TNT

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Game Time (ET) National TV
Mavericks vs. Hornets 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Grizzlies vs. Pacers 7 p.m.
Celtics vs. Magic 7 p.m.
Pistons vs. Knicks 7:30 p.m.
Nuggets vs. Thunder 8 p.m.
Bucks vs. Jazz 9 p.m.
Trail Blazers vs. Suns 10 p.m. NBA TV

Thursday, Oct. 14

Game Time (ET) National TV
Heat vs. Hawks 7 p.m.
Timberwolves vs. Nets 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Nuggets vs. Thunder 8 p.m.
Lakers vs. Kings 10 p.m. NBA TV

Friday, Oct. 15

Game Time (ET) National TV
Celtics vs. Heat 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
76ers vs. Pistons 7 p.m.
Cavaliers vs. Pacers 7 p.m.
Wizards vs. Knicks 7:30 p.m.
Grizzlies vs. Bulls 7:30 p.m.
Mavericks vs. Bucks 8 p.m.
Rockets vs. Spurs 8:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers vs. Warriors 10 p.m. NBA TV

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:

  • Regular season: Oct. 19, 2021-April 10, 2022
  • All-Star break: Feb. 18-20, 2022
  • Play-in tournament: April 12-15, 2022
  • NBA playoffs: April 16-June 19, 2022 (latest possible NBA Finals game)
  • NBA Draft: June 23, 2022

Tuesday, Oct. 19 (Opening Night)

Game Time (ET) National TV
Nets vs. Bucks 7:30 p.m. TNT
Warriors vs. Lakers 10 p.m. TNT

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Game Time (ET) National TV
Pacers vs. Hornets 7 p.m.
Bulls vs. Pistons 7 p.m.
Celtics vs. Knicks 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Wizards vs. Raptors 7:30 p.m.
Cavaliers vs. Grizzlies 8 p.m.
Rockets vs. Timberwolves 8 p.m.
76ers vs. Pelicans 8 p.m.
Magic vs. Spurs 8:30 p.m.
Thunder vs. Jazz 9 p.m.
Nuggets vs. Suns 10 p.m. ESPN
Kings vs. Trail Blazers 10 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Game Time (ET) National TV
Mavericks vs. Hawks 7:30 p.m. TNT
Bucks vs. Heat 8 p.m.
Clippers vs. Warriors 10 p.m. TNT

Friday, Oct. 22

Game Time (ET) National TV
Hornets vs. Cavaliers 7 p.m.
Knicks vs. Magic 7 p.m.
Pacers vs. Wizards 7 p.m.
Nets vs. 76ers 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Raptors vs. Celtics 7:30 p.m.
Pelicans vs. Bulls 8 p.m.
Thunder vs. Rockets 8 p.m.
Spurs vs. Nuggets 9 p.m.
Suns vs. Lakers 10 p.m. ESPN
Jazz vs. Kings 10 p.m.

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