ESPN NBA broadcast lineup: Schedule, play-by-play, analysts and hosts for 2021-22 season

NBA coverage will look different on ESPN this season.

Although the network’s most notable game commentators — Mike Breen on play-by-play and Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson as analysts — returns, the rest of ESPN’s NBA programming features a fresh set of voices and a new show as the network opted for a major offseason shakeup. 

Here’s everything you need to know about ESPN’s NBA programming heading into the new season.

How to watch NBA games in 2021-22 on ESPN 

ESPN and ABC will nationally televise 101 NBA games this season, which is the most of any other national station (TNT has 65 and NBA TV has 107). 

ESPN will broadcast 82 games total, including five games on Christmas Day, highlighted by a potential Finals meeting with the Nets and Lakers. 

ABC will have primetime games on seven Saturdays and contests on nine Sundays. ESPN will televise doubleheaders on the final day of the regular season, and the 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament will take place April 12 through April 15. ESPN and ABC will broadcast the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals, and ABC will televise the 2022 NBA Finals. 

Some of the top ESPN matchups include Kevin Durant’s return to face the Warriors for the first time with fans in attendance on Jan. 29, as well as a pair of matchups between the Lakers and Warriors on Feb. 12 and March, 5, respectively. 

ABC’s most notable matchups include an NBA Finals rematch between the Suns and Bucks on March 6 and a meeting between the Suns and Jazz — the top two seeds in the Western Conference last season — on Feb. 27. 

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