Media Release

NBA on TNT to Present Exclusive State Farm NBA Play-In Tournament Doubleheader, Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. ET


Celtics vs. Wizards to Determine East No. 7 Seed; Winner of Pacers vs. Hornets to Earn Opportunity to Play for No. 8 Seed

Following the Play-In Tournament, TNT to Showcase Most 2021 NBA Playoff Games of Any Network

NBA on TNT will exclusively present a State Farm NBA Play-In Tournament doubleheader tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18, beginning with a 30-minute pregame show at 6 p.m. ET.  The network will then showcase both Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament games – the No. 7 Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards at 9 p.m. and No. 9 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 10 Charlotte Hornets at 6:30 p.m.

In a game that will determine this season's No. 7 seed in the East, the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum will host the Washington Wizards and new NBA triple-doubles record-holder Russell Westbrook at 9 p.m., with the winner earning an opening round playoff series against the No. 2-seeded Brooklyn Nets.  Marv Albert and analyst Grant Hill will provide commentary for Celtics/Wizards from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

Tomorrow night's opening contest will feature the Charlotte Hornets and rookie sensation LaMelo Ball visiting the Indiana Pacers and Caris LeVert at 6:30 p.m.  Spero Dedes will call Pacers/Hornets alongside analyst Greg Anthony.


The winner of Pacers/Hornets will advance to play the loser of Celtics/Wizards on TNT this Thursday, May 20, at 8 p.m. – following a one-hour pregame show – with Thursday's winner earning the No. 8 seed in the East and a First Round series against the No. 1 seed Philadelphia 76ers.

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax will lead into live game coverage for the Play-In Tournament and throughout the 2021 NBA Playoffs.  Inside the NBA presented by Kia with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson – honored this past weekend with the first ever Transformative Media Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – will cap each night of action.

TNT Bets presented by FanDuel Sportsbook will return as part of tomorrow's Celtics/Wizards game coverage. TNT Bets is a betting-focused simulcast available through web-based TNT digital products featuring commentary from B/R Betting’s Cabbie Richards and Tim Doyle with FanDuel's in-house expert Tom Vecchio.  Users can access the content through authentication by using their cable provider credentials.

Starting with the Play-In Tournament and running daily throughout the playoffs, The B/R app will launch a special edition of Perfect Picks, giving fans the chance to win more than $40,000. Perfect Picks is an interactive game in the B/R app that lets users select from a number of themed questions and submit their answers for the chance to be selected at random and win. 

In addition to the Play-In Tournament, TNT will present extensive First Round, Second Round and exclusive Eastern Conference Finals live game coverage, showcasing the most NBA Playoff game action of any network.

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 are incorporated into the B/R app. Fans can access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.