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NBA preseason 2021-22 schedule: games, dates, times, TV

Here you'll find the full list of NBA 2021-22 preseason games, with the action getting underway this Sunday as the Brooklyn Nets travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

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NBA preseason 2021-22 schedule games, dates, times, TV
Harry How AFP

Ahead of the NBA’s historic 75th anniversary, the 2021-22 pre-season gets underway this Sunday, 3 October with a full-packed schedule of fixtures for basketball fans to enjoy before the real action begins on 19 October.

The pre-season tips off with a stellar matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, with the East Coast Big 3, Durant, Harden and Irving, meeting their West Coast counterparts, LeBron, Davis and Westbrook, at L.A.’s Staples Center, in the only game on Sunday, 3 October.

Monday (4 October) sees Orlando Magic take on the Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors travel to Portland to face the Trailblazers, in two of nine fixtures on the second day, while on Tuesday (5 October) reigning champions the Milwaukee Bucks get their preseason underway at the Memphis Grizzlies.

The pre-season closes on Friday, 15 October with eight fixtures, including the Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks @ Milwaukee Bucks, and Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors.

Three days later (19 October), the 2021-22 NBA season starts with the mouthwatering clash between Harden’s Nets and Gianni’s Bucks (7.30pm ET), as the Milwaukee franchise start their quest to retain their title in the toughest way possible. That match will be followed by another intriguing clash between the Warriors and Lakers, which tips off two and half hours later at 10.30pm ET. Both will be shown live on TNT.

James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets poses for a portrait during Brooklyn Nets Media Day at Barclays Center on September 27, 2021 in New York City.

NBA 2021-22 preseason schedule

All times in US Eastern Time, games on US TV indicated

Sunday, 3 October

Brooklyn Nets @ Los Angeles Lakers - 3.30pm (NBA TV)

Monday. 4 October

Philadelphia 76ers @ Toronto Raptors - 7pm

Orlando Magic @ Boston Celtics - 7.30pm

Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat - 7.30pm (NBA TV)

New Orleans Pelicans @ Minnesota Timberwolves - 8pm

Charlotte Hornets @ Oklahoma City Thunder - 8pm

Utah Jazz @ San Antonio Spurs - 8.30pm

Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers -10pm (NBA TV)

Phoenix Suns @ Sacramento Kings -10pm

Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Clippers - 10.30pm

Tuesday, 5 October

Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks - 7.30pm

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls - 8pm

Washington Wizards @ Houston Rockets - 8pm

Milwaukee Bucks @ Memphis Grizzlies -8pm (TNT)

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (43) pose for pictures during Media Day at the Fiserv Forum.

Wednesday, 6 October

San Antonio Spurs @ Detroit Pistons - 7pm

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Atlanta Hawks - 7.30pm (NBA TV)

Orlando Magic @ New Orleans Pelican - 8pm

Utah Jazz @ Dallas Mavericks - 8.30pm

Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors - 10pm

Los Angeles Lakers @ Phoenix Suns - 10pm (NBA TV)

Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Clippers - 10.30pm

Thursday, 7 October

Memphis Grizzlies @ Charlotte Hornets - 7pm

Toronto Raptors @ Philadelphia 76ers - 7pm (NBA TV)

Miami Heat @ Houston Rockets - 10pm (ESPN 2)

Friday, 8 October

Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers - 7pm

Milwaukee Bucks @ Brooklyn Nets - 7.30pm (NBA TV)

New Orleans Pelicans @ Chicago Bulls - 8pm

Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks - 8.30pm

Miami Heat @ San Antonio Spurs - 8.30pm

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Denver Nuggets - 9pm

Los Angeles Lakers @ Golden State Warriors - 10pm (NBA TV)

Saturday, 9 October

Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics - 7pm

New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards - 7pm

Atlanta Hawks @ Memphis Grizzlies - 8pm (NBA TV)

Sunday, 10 October

San Antonio Spurs @ Orlando Magic - 6pm

Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers - 7pm

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Milwaukee Bucks - 7.30pm (ESPN)

Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers - 10pm (ESPN)

Monday, 11 October

Houston Rockets @ Toronto Raptors - 7pm

Charlotte Hornets @ Miami Heat - 7.30pm

Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers - 8pm (ESPN 2)

Detroit Pistons @ Memphis Grizzlies - 8pm

New Orleans Pelicans @ Utah Jazz - 9pm

Sacramento Kings @ Portland Trail Blazers - 10pm

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Clippers - 10.30pm (NBA TV)

Tuesday, 12 October

Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards - 7pm (NBA TV)

Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Lakers - 10.30pm (TNT)

Wednesday, 13 October

Dallas Mavericks @ Charlotte Hornets - 6.30pm (ESPN)

Memphis Grizzlies @ Indiana Pacers - 7pm

Boston Celtics @ Orlando Magic - 7pm

Detroit Pistons @ New York Knicks - 7.30pm

Denver Nuggets @ Oklahoma City Thunder - 8pm

Milwaukee Bucks @ Utah Jazz - 9pm

Portland Trail Blazers @ Phoenix Suns - 10pm (NBA TV)

Thursday, 14 October

Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks - 7pm

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Brooklyn Nets - 7.30pm (NBA TV)

Denver Nuggets @ Oklahoma City Thunder - 8pm

Los Angeles Lakers @ Sacramento Kings - 10pm (NBA TV)

Friday, 15 October

Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat - 6.30pm (ESPN 2)

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers - 7pm

Washington Wizards @ New York Knicks - 7.30pm

Memphis Grizzlies @ Chicago Bulls - 8pm

Dallas Mavericks @ Milwaukee Bucks - 8pm

Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs - 8.30pm

Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors - 10pm (NBA TV)