ESPN Launches NBA Postseason Run with AT&T NBA Play-In Tournament, Five Nationally Televised First Round Games Opening Weekend

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ESPN will exclusively televise three games of the 2023 AT&T NBA Play-In Tournament, beginning with an elimination game doubleheader on Wednesday, April 12, and continuing with another elimination game on Friday, April 14.

The action begins as the Chicago Bulls (10th seed) visit the Toronto Raptors (9th seed) at 7 p.m. ET. Mark Jones will provide commentary with Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame broadcaster Doris Burke and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth. 

At 9:30 p.m., the New Orleans Pelicans (9th seed) will host the Oklahoma City Thunder (10th seed). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will be on the call. NBA officiating expert Steve Javie will also contribute to both games.

The action continues on Friday as the Los Angeles Lakers (7th seed) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8th seed) loser faces New Orleans Pelicans (9th seed) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (10th seed) winner. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Lisa Salters will provide commentary with contributions from Steve Javie.

NBA Countdown Presented by DraftKings Sportsbook will precede the AT&T NBA Play-In Tournament games on April 12 at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Mike Greenberg, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose and Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hoop Streams, ESPN’s digital NBA pregame show, will stream live on ESPN’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with host Christine Williamson, Gary Striewski and Senior NBA Writer Brian Windhorst. 

The AT&T Play-In Tournament will also be available on ESPN Radio and the ESPN App. 

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