Celtics-Nets, Warriors-Clippers tip off national TV slate for second half of 2020-21 NBA season
The NBA officially released the second half of the 2020-21 schedule on Wednesday.
The second half officially begins with the Washington Wizards traveling to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on Wednesday, March 10. The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks also face off that evening.
Thursday marks the first two nationally televised games of the second half, with the Boston Celtics traveling to Brooklyn to take on the Nets and Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors headed to L.A. for a matchup with Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers return to action against the Indiana Pacers on March 12.
The full list of TNT’s televised games can be seen here. Note the May 6 crosstown showdown between the Lakers and Clippers, and those two teams will also be playing on Easter Sunday (April 4 on ABC).
The regular season officially concludes on May 15. The NBA plans to hold its play-in tournaments for the Nos. 7-10 seeds between May 18-21, with the playoffs officially beginning on May 22.
The NBA says its Play-In Tournament for the Nos. 7-10 seeds in each conference will take place May 18-21 and that the 2021 playoffs will begin May 22
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 24, 2021
Some other notable nationally televised games to watch include the Milwaukee Bucks visiting the Philadelphia 76ers in mid-March. Just a week later, the Big Three Nets travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz, currently the best team in the NBA.
The second half will provide plenty of intrigue. As things currently stand, the Eastern Conference is very top-heavy, while the West is deeper and more of a dogfight at the bottom of the playoff picture.
Of course, anything can happen over the course of the final few months, and teams will have the opportunity to upgrade their rosters ahead of the NBA trade deadline on March 25.
The midway point is nearly here. It will be time for playoff races soon enough, and the second half of the season should bring plenty of drama.