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USA basketball schedule: Learn how to watch each 2021 Olympic males’s staff sport from Tokyo

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Can the U.S. men’s basketball team defend its gold medal in Tokyo? That’s the big question ahead of the 2021 Olympics.

Team USA is loaded with NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard playing prominent roles under coach Gregg Popovich. That talent can only take this group so far, though, as Team USA learned when it lost exhibition games earlier this month against Nigeria and Australia.

The Americans start off Olympic play on Sunday, July 25, with a tough matchup against a France squad that features Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. That likely won’t be the only test Team USA faces in its quest for gold.

Here is everything you need to know to watch Team USA Olympic games, including the tipoff times and TV channels for each contest.

MORE: Watch the 2021 Olympics with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

USA basketball schedule 2021

The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The men’s basketball tournament tips off on July 24 and ends with the medal games on Aug. 6-7.

Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group A. Its group-play opponents will be France, Iran and the Czech Republic.

DateGameTime (ET)TV channel
July 25France 83, USA 768 a.m.Peacock
July 28USA 120, Iran 6612:40 a.m.Peacock
July 31USA 119, Czech Republic 848 a.m.Peacock
Aug. 3USA 95, Spain 8112:40 a.m.Peacock
Aug. 5USA 97, Australia 7812:15 a.m.Peacock
Aug. 6Gold-medal game vs. France10:30 p.m.NBC, fuboTV

How to watch Olympic basketball games

  • TV channels: N/A (no live games on cable)
  • Live streams: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

The first three U.S. men’s basketball games won’t be broadcast live on cable television in the United States. Instead, they will air exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, followed by tape-delayed encore showings on NBCSN later in the day.

Peacock is free to watch with ads, or you can pay a monthly charge of $4.99 for Peacock Premium (no ads). The paid subscription is required to watch USA basketball games.

NBC is scheduled to carry the gold-medal game live.

USA Olympic men’s basketball roster

Bam AdebayoMiami Heat
Devin BookerPhoenix Suns
Kevin DurantBrooklyn Nets
Jerami GrantDetroit Pistons
Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors
Jrue HolidayMilwaukee Bucks
Keldon Johnson*San Antonio Spurs
Zach LaVineChicago Bulls
Damian LillardPortland Trail Blazers
JaVale McGee*Denver Nuggets
Khris MiddletonMilwaukee Bucks
Jayson TatumBoston Celtics

* Replacing Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) and Kevin Love (injury recovery)

USA Olympic men’s basketball coaching staff

Gregg PopovichSan Antonio Spurs
Steve KerrGolden State Warriors
Lloyd PierceIndiana Pacers
Jay WrightVillanova University

Olympic basketball schedule 2021

(All times Eastern)

Aug. 6

France vs. United States10:30 p.m.

Aug. 7

Australia vs. Slovenia7 a.m.


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