Media Release

NBA on TNT to Exclusively Present State Farm Play-In Tournament Action – Pacers vs. Wizards – Tomorrow, Thursday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET


Winner to Earn East No. 8 Seed & First Round Match-Up vs. No. 1-Seeded 76ers

Marv Albert & Mike Fratello Will Pair Up to Call Wizards/Pacers

NBA on TNT will exclusively present the Eastern Conference State Farm NBA Play-In Tournament finale tomorrow, Thursday, May 20, beginning with a one-hour pregame show that will feature the unveiling of this year's NBA Awards finalists, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.  The No. 8 Washington Wizards and Russell Westbrook will then host the No. 9 Indiana Pacers and Domantas Sabonis in a win-or-go-home match-up at 8 p.m. Thursday night's winner will secure the East's No. 8 seed and a First Round series against the No. 1 seeded Philadelphia 76ers.

Marv Albert and long-time broadcast partner Mike Fratello – the "Czar of the Telestrator" – will provide commentary for Wizards/Pacers from Turner Studios in Atlanta.  Albert and Fratello first paired up to call national NBA games during the 1990-91 season.

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.

NBA Twitter Live – a complementary live stream experience on Twitter – will return for up to 19 NBA Playoff games this season, including tomorrow night's contest. NBA Twitter Live offers fans unique opportunities to follow their favorite players during each game. A live poll will be available via @NBA throughout the entire first half of select games, whereby fans can vote for the player they want the iso-cam to follow during the second half.  Allie LaForce will host tomorrow's NBA Twitter Live with analysts Channing Frye and Jamal Crawford.

TNT Bets presented by FanDuel Sportsbook will return as part of tomorrow's 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, beginning Sunday, May 23.

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.