When does the 2021-22 NBA season start?

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After a bubble restart in 2020 and a condensed regular season schedule in 2020-21, the NBA is returning to a traditional schedule for the 2021-22 campaign. 

The season is set to begin in October, have an All-Star break in February and wrap up the NBA Finals in June. 

Here's every key date you need to know ahead of the start of the new season. 

When will the 2021-22 NBA season begin?

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

Who will play on the first day of the 2021-22 NBA season?

The NBA will open the season with its typical doubleheader featuring top teams from each conference. The Bucks will host the Nets in the first game as a rematch of the Eastern Conference semifinals at 7:30 p.m. on TNT, while the Lakers and Warriors will face off in Los Angeles at 10 p.m.

Other key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season

Feb. 18-20: NBA All-Star Weekend 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

April 10: Regular season ends

April 12-15: Play-In Tournament

April 16: Playoffs begin

June 2: NBA Finals begin

June 19: Game 7 of NBA Finals (if necessary)

June 23: NBA Draft