NBA key dates 2021-22: Training camp, regular season, All-Star weekend & more

NBA Basketball Brace yourselves. The return of NBA action is upon us.After a strange "bubble" experience in 2019-20 and a shortened season in 2020-21, the league is looking to return to a sense of normalcy this year. The 2021-22 regular season will comprise 82 games for each team, starting with an Opening Night doubleheader on Oct. 19. The schedule will put the NBA in position to finish the season by mid-June, which is much more in line with a typical run. While everything remains fluid in a world still dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, here is an early look at the 2021-22 NBA calendar.MORE: Updated NBA win totals and championship odds When does the NBA season start for 2021-22?Training camp start date: Sept. 28, 2021NBA regular season start date: Oct. 19, 202

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1NBA regular season end date: April 10, 2022NBA teams will be back in gymnasiums for training camps beginning Tuesday, Sept. 28, giving them three weeks to prepare before the 2021-22 regular season starts.First game for every NBA teamTuesday, Oct. 19 (Opening Night)(All times Eastern)GameTimeNational TVNets vs. Bucks7:30 p.m.TNTWarriors vs. Lakers10 p.m.TNTWednesday, Oct. 20(All times Eastern)GameTimeNational TVPacers vs. Hornets7 p.m.—Bulls vs. Pistons7 p.m.—Celtics vs. Knicks7:30 p.m.ESPNWizards vs. Raptors7:30 p.m.—Cavaliers vs. Grizzlies8 p.m.—Rockets vs. Timberwolves8 p.m.—76ers vs. Pelicans8 p.m.—Magic vs. Spurs8:30 p.m.—Thunder vs. Jazz9 p.m.—Nuggets vs. Suns10 p.m.ESPNKings vs. Trail Blazers10 p.m.—Thursday, Oct. 21(All times Eastern)GameTimeNational TVMavericks vs. Hawks7:30 p.m.TNTBucks vs. Heat8 p.m.—Clippers vs. Warriors10 p.m.TNTFriday, Oct. 22(All times Eastern)GameTimeNational TVHornets vs. Cavaliers7 p.m.—Knicks vs. Magic7 p.m.—Pacers vs. Wizards7 p.m.—Nets vs. 76ers7:30 p.m.ESPNRaptors vs. Celtics7:30 p.m.—Pelicans vs. Bulls8 p.m.—Thunder vs. Rockets8 p.m.—Spurs vs. Nuggets9 p.m.—Suns vs. Lakers10 p.m.ESPNJazz vs. Kings10 p.m.—When is the NBA All-Star break?All-Star break: Feb. 18-20, 2022The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 20. The event will be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.When is the NBA trade deadline?NBA trade deadline: TBDThe NBA has not yet revealed the date of the trade deadline for the 2021-22 season. Last year's trade deadline fell on March 25 with a cutoff point of 3 p.m. ET.When do the 2022 NBA playoffs start?Play-in tournament: April 12-15, 2022NBA playoffs: April 16-June 19, 2022 (latest possible NBA Finals game)The 2022 NBA play-in tournament will begin on April 12. The first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs will start four days later on April 16.June 19 is the latest possible date for an NBA Finals game.

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