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NBA on TNT to Announce NBA All-Star 2021 Starters in Special 30-Minute NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax Tonight at 7 p.m. ET


Blockbuster Nets/Lakers Matchup at 10 p.m. to Highlight Thursday’s Doubleheader


New Episode of The Arena with Guest Panelist Killer Mike to Tip Off Tonight’s Coverage at 6:30 p.m.

TNT – the exclusive home for extensive live coverage of NBA All-Star 2021 in Atlanta – will reveal the All-Star Game starters in a special half-hour episode of NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax, tonight at 7 p.m. ETErnie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will unveil this season’s All-Star starters ahead of this evening’s doubleheader.  All-Star reserves will then be announced during another 30-minute pregame show on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

TNT’s exclusive NBA All-Star coverage on Sunday, March 7, will begin at 5 p.m. with TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax, followed by the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest starting at 6:30 p.m.  Coverage of the 70th NBA All-Star Game will begin at 8 p.m., with AT&T Slam Dunk taking place at halftime.

Tonight’s game coverage will feature one of the season’s most anticipated matchups – the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving and James Harden vs. the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James – at 10 p.m.  The Milwaukee Bucks and reigning two-time Kia NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will host the Toronto Raptors and Pascal Siakam in the night’s opening game at 7:30 p.m. Game commentary for Nets/Lakers will be provided by Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller, with Marv Albert and Chris Webber on the call for Bucks/Raptors.

TNT Bets presented by FanDuel Sportsbook will make its season debut during the Nets/Lakers game. TNT Bets is a betting-focused simulcast available through web-based TNT digital products.  Users can access the content through authentication by using their cable provider credentials. TNT Bets will be available for select marquee matchups throughout the season, featuring commentary from B/R Betting’s Cabbie RichardsKelly Stewart and others, including FanDuel’s in-house expert Tom Vecchio.

Leading into Thursday’s game coverage, a new episode of The Arena will debut with host Cari Champion, 17-year NBA veteran Kyle Korver and songwriter/rapper/activist Killer Mike discussing economic empowerment at 6:30 p.m.  Senator Cory Booker will join the show to discuss Baby Bonds Bill and compensation for NCAA athletes.  The Arena is an in-depth storytelling franchise created to provide a thought-provoking forum for content on topics occurring on and off the court of play, with new episodes airing Thursdays through the end of February.

Tonight’s studio coverage will culminate with the Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA presented by Kia featuring Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal.

The Bleacher Report app will continue “Pregame Picks” a weekly livestream offering interactive, predictive and challenge-based content, hosted by Instagram star Famous Los and Pierre from House of Highlights. This week’s installment will livestream in the B/R app at 9:30 p.m. prior to the Nets/Lakers matchup featuring results from entertaining fan polls about the game.

Live streaming coverage of all NBA on TNT games is also available via and the Watch TNT app. Additionally, for the first time this season, NBA on TNT games will be incorporated into the B/R app. Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.

Upcoming NBA on TNT programming schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 18

6:30 p.m. ET – The Arena (Cari Champion, Kyle Korver & Killer Mike)
7 p.m. – NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax – NBA All-Star Starters (Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith & Shaquille O’Neal)
7:30 p.m. – Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Marv Albert & Chris Webber)
10 p.m. – Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Kevin Harlan & Reggie Miller)
Postgame – Inside the NBA presented by Kia (Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal)


Tuesday, Feb. 23

7 p.m. ET – NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax – NBA All-Star Reserves (O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, Candace Parker & Adam Lefkoe)
7:30 p.m. – Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks (Ian Eagle & Grant Hill)
10 p.m. – Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets (Brian Anderson & Jim Jackson)
Postgame – Inside the NBA presented by Kia (O’Neal, Wade, Parker & Lefkoe)