ESPN and ABC will air 101 nationally televised games on cable and broadcast TV.

ESPN will air weekly NBA games, including doubleheaders on Wednesday and Friday nights.

ABC will air nine Saturday Primetime games and six Sunday games, beginning in January.

ESPN will revamp NBA Countdown, with two hosts. Rachel Nichols, along with reporters and analysts from The Jump, will host pregame on-site prior to NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, any major NBA games/events, and the NBA Finals. Maria Taylor will host Friday nights on ESPN and before NBA Sunday Showcase games on ABC. ESPN’s SportsCenter will air a special pregame show on Wednesday nights before their regularly scheduled game,

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson return to lead the NBA on ESPN/ABC broadcast team. Doris Burke will return as a game analyst and lead reporter throughout the postseason.

On Christmas Day, ABC will air a tripleheader of national games, while ESPN airs two games.

ABC and ESPN will both air up to 44 NBA Playoffs games, including coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN and the 2020 NBA Finals on ABC.

NBA on ESPN Talent

NBA Countdown
On-site Saturday: Rachel Nichols, Richard Jefferson, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams, Adrian Wojnarowski (Reporter), others
In-studio Friday/Sunday: Maria Taylor, Rose, Williams

Lead: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson
Play-by-play: Mark Jones, Dave Pasch, Ryan Ruocco, Adam Amin
Game analysts: Hubie Brown, Doris Burke, P.J. Carlesimo, Chauncey Billups
Courtside reporters: Burke, Cassidy Hubbarth, Israel Gutierrez, Lisa Salters, Jorge Sedano

ESPN Radio
Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry, Carlesimo; others

NBA on ESPN Programming
The Jump: Weekdays ESPN 3 pm: Nichols, various analysts & reporters
Hoop Streams* (pregame), streaming: Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, others
* on WatchESPN, ESPN+, Twitter & YouTube

NBA on ESPN/ABC Christmas Day

  • Boston at Toronto, ESPN 12 p.m.
  • Milwaukee at Philadelphia, ABC 2:30 p.m.
  • Houston at Golden State, ABC 5 p.m.
  • LA Clippers at LA Lakers, ABC & ESPN 8 p.m.
  • New Orleans at Denver, ESPN 10:30 p.m.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, Saturdays 8:30 p.m.

  • Jan 18: LA Clippers at New Orleans, 3:30 p.m. / LA Lakers at Houston
  • Jan 25: LA Lakers at Philadelphia
  • Feb 1: Philadelphia at Boston
  • Feb 8: LA Lakers at Golden State
  • Feb 22: Philadelphia at Milwaukee
  • Feb 29: Houston at Boston
  • Mar 7: Philadelphia at Golden State
  • Mar 14: Golden State at Milwaukee
  • Apr 11: Golden State at LA Clippers

ABC NBA Sunday Showcase, Sundays 3:30 p.m.

  • Feb 2: New Orleans at Houston, 2 p.m.
  • Feb 23: Boston at LA Lakers
  • Mar 1: Philadelphia at LA Clippers
  • Mar 8: LA Lakers at LA Clippers
  • Mar 15: Houston at Portland
  • Apr 5: Milwaukee at Boston

Turner Sports/NBA TV

TNT will televise 67 NBA games, including weekly doubleheaders during the regular season, as well as Monday and Tuesday night games beginning mid-season.

TNT’s Emmy award-winning Inside the NBA returns with host Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith.

NBA on TNT doubleheaders will be called by the pairings of Marv Albert and Chris Webber, and Kevin Harlan with Reggie Miller.

TNT will be the exclusive home of NBA All-Star Weekend from the United Center in Chicago, including the Rising Stars Challenge, All-Star Saturday Night, and the NBA All-Star Game.

TNT and NBA TV will air nearly 50 postseason games, with TNT broadcasting the Western Conference Finals.

NBA TV will present 107 NBA games, with national games called from studio to simulcasts from regional networks. They will also air studio programming, highlights, and in-progress games around the league.

NBA TV will debut NBA TV Center Court, an in-studio live game with Brian Anderson and Greg Anthony

NBA TV and TNT will feature five games on Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 20, as well as two international games, one in Mexico in December and the other in Paris in January.

NBA on TNT Talent

Inside the NBA (studio); Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith

Play by play: Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan, Brian Anderson, Ian Eagle

Game/studio analysts: Greg Anthony, Grant Hill, Jim Jackson, Reggie Miller, Kevin McHale, Steve Nash, Candace Parker, Steve Smith, Isiah Thomas, Chris Webber, Stan Van Gundy

Courtside reporters: Jared Greenberg, Allie LaForce, Kristen Ledlow, Dennis Scott; others

NBA TV Talent

LaForce, Casey Stern, Ledlow, Matt Winer, Sekou Smith, Stephanie Ready, Greenberg, Ro Parrish, Chris Miles, O’Neal, McHale, Webber, Smith, Gundy, Jackson, Isiah Thomas, Hill, Scott, Caron Butler, Steve Smith, Anthony, Tom Penn, Channing Frye, Sam Mitchell, Brendan Haywood.

NBA TV Center Court: Anderson, Anthony (studio), Scott (on-site); Studio: Stern, Hill, Parker, Thomas

NBA on TNT Early Schedule; 8 p.m & 10:30 p.m.

  • Oct. 22: New Orleans at Toronto | LA Lakers at LA Clippers
  • Oct. 24: Milwaukee at Houston| LA Clippers at Golden State
  • Oct. 31: Miami at Atlanta, 7 p.m. | Denver at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 7: Boston at Charlotte| Portland at LA Clippers
  • Nov. 14: Dallas at New York| Brooklyn at Denver

Martin Luther King Day

  • Toronto at Atlanta, NBA TV 2:30 p.m.
  • New Orleans at Memphis, TNT 5 p.m.
  • LA Lakers at Boston, TNT 7:30 p.m.
  • Golden State at Portland, TNT 10 p.m.

NBA TV Programming

  • The List, Weeknights 5:30 p.m.
  • The Warm Up, weeknights 6 p.m.
  • NBA GameTime, Primetime Nightly

As always, thanks to Sammy for helping put this year’s primer together.

About Joe Lucia

I'm the managing editor of Awful Announcing and the news editor of The Comeback. I also made The Outside Corner a thing for six seasons.