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What’s Rivals Week? Latest NBA schedule feature highlights Celtics vs. Lakers and other marquee matchups


When the NBA announced its schedule back in August, it revealed the debut of “Rivals Week” for the 2022-23 season.

Along with the standard marquee days of the NBA schedule like Opening Night, NBA Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the NBA is attempting to place an emphasis on the league’s rivalries — each old and recent.

But what’s Rivals Week and when will it happen throughout the NBA season? The Sporting News has you covered with answers to those questions below.

What’s NBA Rivals Week?

Rivals Week will debut throughout the 2022-23 season, with the NBA keying in on classic and budding rivalries across the league.

Historic rivalries like Celtics versus Lakers will, in fact, be on display, but so will newly established rivalries just like the Warriors and Grizzlies.

Rivalry Week will span over five days with games being nationally broadcast across 4 networks in america: TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA TV.

When is NBA Rivals Week?

Rivals Week will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and run through Saturday, Jan. 28.

TNT will kick off Rivals Week with a Tuesday doubleheader and ABC will close Rivals Week with an exclusive tripleheader on Saturday.

You will discover the total schedule for Rivals Week below.

NBA Rivals Week schedule

Rivals Week will start with a doubleheader on TNT on Tuesday. It is going to proceed on Wednesday with one other doubleheader on ESPN, followed by a 3rd doubleheader on TNT on Thursday.

NBA TV will broadcast two Rivals Week games on Friday, and the week will wrap up with an action-packed tripleheader on ABC on Saturday.

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Date Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
Tuesday, Jan. 24 Celtics at Heat 7:30 p.m. TNT
Tuesday, Jan. 24 Clippers at Lakers 10 p.m. TNT
Wednesday, Jan. 25 Nets at 76ers 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, Jan. 25 Grizzlies at Warriors 10 p.m. ESPN
Thursday, Jan. 26 Knicks at Celtics 7:30 p.m. TNT
Thursday, Jan. 26 Mavericks at Suns 10 p.m. TNT
Friday, Jan. 27 Grizzlies at Timberwolves 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Friday, Jan. 27 Raptors at Warriors 10 p.m. NBA TV
Saturday, Jan. 28 Nuggets at 76ers 3 p.m. ABC
Saturday, Jan. 28 Knicks at Nets 5:30 p.m. ABC
Saturday, Jan. 28 Lakers at Celtics 8:30 p.m. ABC
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