Opening week of the NBA’s historic 75th season continues on Day 4 with another marquee matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the second game of the regular season for both teams with each coming into this off a loss in their respective season openers.
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On opening night, the star-studded Lakers were upset by the Golden State Warriors in a 121-114 game at the STAPLES Center. In the loss, while the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis seemed to have found their rhythm, it was a rough Lakers debut for the team’s newest acquisition Russell Westbrook.
The former MVP finished with eight points, five rebounds and four assists on 4-of-13 shooting from the field while registering a plus-minus of -23. Both James and head coach Frank Vogel are not concerned about Westbrook, so how will Westbrook and the Lakers bounce back in this game?
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On the other hand, the Suns came up short 110-98 against a Denver Nuggets squad, a team they had swept in the Conference Semifinals of the 2021 playoffs. This Lakers game is the first of a two-game West coast road trip for Phoenix but what follows after is a five-game homestand.
What channel is Lakers vs. Suns on?
Lakers vs. Suns can be watched on ESPN for those with traditional cable or streamed via Watch ESPN.
What time does Lakers vs. Suns start?
Date: Friday, Oct. 22
Start time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Lakers vs. Suns is scheduled to start at 10:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 22. The game will be played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
|Oct. 22||vs. Suns||10:00 p.m||ESPN|
|Oct. 24||vs. Grizzlies||9:30 p.m||–|
|Oct. 26||at Spurs||8:30 p.m||–|
|Oct. 27||at Thunder||8:00 p.m||–|
|Oct. 29||vs. Cavaliers||10:30 p.m||–|
|Oct. 31||vs. Rockets||10:30 p.m||–|
|Nov. 2||vs. Rockets||10:30 p.m||–|
|Nov. 4||vs. Thunder||10:30 p.m||–|
|Nov. 6||at Trail Blazers||10:30 p.m||NBA TV|
|Nov. 8||vs. Hornets||10:30 p.m||NBA TV|
(All times Eastern)
|Oct. 22||at Lakers||10:00 p.m||ESPN|
|Oct. 23||at Trail Blazers||10:00 p.m||NBA TV|
|Oct. 27||vs. Kings||10:00 p.m||–|
|Oct. 30||vs. Cavaliers||10:00 p.m|
|Nov. 2||vs. Pelicans||10:00 p.m||TNT|
|Nov. 4||vs. Rockets||10:00 p.m||NBA TV|
|Nov. 6||vs. Hawks||10:00 p.m|
|Nov. 8||at Kings||10:00 p.m|
|Nov. 10||vs. Trail Blazers||9:00 p.m|
|Nov. 12||at Grizzlies||8:00 p.m|
(All times Eastern)
NBA schedule for 2021-22
After a truncated season in 2020-21, the NBA returns to its standard 82-game format for the 2021-22 campaign, which is the league’s 75th anniversary season. The above Opening Night matchup is the first of 12 marquee games of Opening Week of the NBA season.
The first four days of the season will feature eight national television games. Those games will showcase:
• 12 different teams
• The last eight players to win the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award
• Three rematches from last season’s playoffs. pic.twitter.com/B6ccuTTTb5
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) August 17, 2021
Here are some key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:
- Regular season begins: Oct. 19
- NBA All-Star 2022: Feb. 18-20
- Regular season concludes: April 10
- Play-In Tournament: April 12-15
- Playoffs begin: April 16
- NBA Finals begin: June 2
- 2022 NBA Draft: June 23