The NBA 2K League today announced Wizards District Gaming’s and rest of the league’s 2021 regular-season schedule and season-long competition structure. The 16-week season will begin Wednesday, May 19 with THE TIPOFF Powered by AT&T, and will conclude Saturday, Sept. 4 with the 2021 NBA 2K League Finals Delivered by DoorDash. The 23 teams will play 28 regular-season games each.
|Week||Date||Day||HOME||AWAY||Game Start (E.T.)|
|1||5/19-5/22||THE TIPOFF TOURNAMENT|
|2||5/26||Wednesday||Celtics Crossover Gaming||Wizards District Gaming||9:00 PM|
|2||5/28||Friday||Raptors Uprising GC||Wizards District Gaming||9:00 PM|
|4||6/9||Wednesday||76ers GC||Wizards District Gaming||7:00 PM|
|4||6/11||Friday||Wizards District Gaming||Warriors Gaming Squad||9:00 PM|
|5||6/16||Wednesday||Wizards District Gaming||NetsGC||9:00 PM|
|5||6/17||Thursday||Wizards District Gaming||Raptors Uprising GC||7:20 PM|
|6||6/25||Friday||Wizards District Gaming||Grizz Gaming||7:00 PM|
|8||7/8||Thursday||Pistons GT||Wizards District Gaming||8:00 PM|
|8||7/10||Saturday||Magic Gaming||Wizards District Gaming||9:00 PM|
|9||7/12-7/17||THE TURN TOURNAMENT|
|11||7/28||Wednesday||Heat Check Gaming||Wizards District Gaming||7:00 PM|
|11||7/29||Thursday||Mavs Gaming||Wizards District Gaming||7:40 PM|
|12||8/5||Thursday||Wizards District Gaming||Knicks Gaming||7:00 PM|
|12||8/7||Saturday||Wizards District Gaming||Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai||7:00 PM|
|13||8/11||Wednesday||Wizards District Gaming||76ers GC||9:00 PM|
For the first time, the NBA 2K League will be aligned into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Each team will play matchups both within its conference and against teams in the other conference. The teams in each conference are listed below:
- 76ers GC, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Grizz Gaming, Hawks Talon GC, Heat Check Gaming, Hornets Venom GT, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Nets GC, Raptors Uprising GC and Wizards District Gaming
- Bucks Gaming, Blazer5 Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Lakers Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, T-Wolves Gaming and Warriors Gaming Squad
Also new this year, the field for the 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered by DoorDash has expanded to 12 teams. The playoffs will begin Thursday, Aug. 26.
Each NBA 2K League team will begin the 2021 season playing remotely from its local market. Games will be simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels, and will be available on Dash Radio, ESRevolution, Loco in India and Sport1 in Europe.
The 2021 season will once again include three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) as part of THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. All 23 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. The top five teams in each conference at the end of the regular season will automatically qualify for the NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered by DoorDash. The 13 remaining teams will compete in THE TICKET, with the winning teams from each conference earning the 11th and 12th spots in the playoffs. The NBA 2K League will award $1.5 million in prize money across the THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and the playoffs.
“After a transformational 2020 season, we are thrilled to bring NBA 2K League action back to fans worldwide in Season 4,” said NBA 2K League President Brendan Donohue. “We’re working toward returning to our live studio experience once we safely can be together, and all fans rooting for their teams around the globe will surely enjoy the rivalries that will develop with the introduction of conferences.”
Regular-season games will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with four distinct matchups each night. Matchups will be played in a two-game format.