The NBA All-Star Game 2021 will tip off at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Sunday, March 7th at 8 PM Eastern Time.
The NBA All-Star Game is a midseason tradition for the league over the past 70 years. 12 of the best players from each Conference are chosen to represent their cities at the festivities. These usually take place over the course of 3 days.
But due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic situation raging on in USA currently, many changes have been made this season. The All-Star Celebrity Game has been scrapped. The venue of the weekend has been moved from Indianapolis to Atlanta.
A bare-bones, socially distanced crowd of not more than a thousand people will be allowed to attend. The Dunk Contest, Skills Challenge, and 3-Point Contest will all be held on the same day as the main event.
In fact, the NBA has decided to have the Dunk Contest at halftime of the All-Star Game in another first. There will only be 3 contestants for the event this time around.
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Where to watch/stream NBA All-Star Game 2021
The official broadcast partners of the game in USA are TNT and TBS. TNT has hosted the All-Star Game every year since 2003.
Like last year, Marv Albert will be the play-by-play commentator. The color commentators will be Hall of Famers Reggie Miller and Chris Webber. The studio host will be Ernie Johnson, and the studio analysts will be Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Dwyane Wade.
International fans can stream the game live on the NBA League Pass. The game can also be viewed on nba.com/games if the viewer has the league pass subscription.
The All-Star Game can also be streamed on SlingTV. The streaming service is giving out a seven-day free trial. Meanwhile, services like Hulu Live TV and KuboTV are also viable options.