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How to Watch the NBA All-Star Game

Your guide to All-Star Weekend

Liam Mathews

The NBA All-Star Weekend goes down Feb. 16-18 in Los Angeles, and every day has something fun to watch (especially if you're not particularly interested in the Olympics). From the Celebrity Game to the main event of Team Steph vs. Team LeBron, here's where and when to catch all the action.

The festivities kick off Friday evening with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. The game will find a mix of retired NBA players and athletically-inclined celebrities facing off. The roster for Team Lakers, coached by ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Tracy McGrady (who will also be playing) and Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan, will include Justin Bieber, Nick Cannon, Entourage's Jerry Ferrara, Stranger Things' Caleb McLaughlin and Property Brothers' Drew Scott. Team Lakers will be coached by ESPN's Katie Nolan and Paul Pierce and rapper-actor Common, the former two of whom will be playing alongside black-ish's Anthony Anderson and Miles Brown, Jamie Foxx, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, rapper Quavo and NBA cult hero Jason "White Chocolate" Williams. The game will have a Ruffles-sponsored 4-point-line called "The Ridge," and Ruffles will donate $4,000 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for every shot hit from there.

The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game airs Friday, Feb. 16 at 7/6c on ESPN. It can be streamed on ESPN.com and the ESPN and WatchESPN apps with a cable login. Hulu with Live TV is the best bet for cord-cutters.

After that, switch over to TNT for the NBA Rising Stars Game, which will showcase promising first and second-year players including beastly Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, last year's Rookie of the Year. That goes down at 9/8c on TNT. It's also available on TNTDrama.com and the TNT app with a cable login.

Saturday has stuff for the hardcore fans during the day. The league will announce what players will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at 1/12c on NBA TV, followed by the All-Star practice and media day. You can watch NBA TV via fuboTV.

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Then TNT will cover NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which includes the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest starting at 8/7c. The Slam Dunk Contest will feature Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., whose father won the inaugural Slam Dunk Contest in 1984.

Sunday has the main event, the 67th NBA All-Star Game. Coverage starts at 7/6c on TNT, with the game tipping off at at 8:20/7:20c. The game is doing something new, with the lineups being selected by team captains LeBron James and Steph Curry instead of the traditional East vs. West matchup. Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D. will perform at halftime.

Here's the TLDR version of all that:

Friday, Feb. 16
-NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at 7/6c on ESPN, ESPN.com and the ESPN app
-Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at 9/8c on TNT, TNTDrama.com and the TNT app

Saturday, Feb. 17
-NBA Hall of Fame announcements at 1/12c on NBA TV
-NBA All-Star practice and media day at 2/1c on NBA TV
-State Farm All-Star Saturday Night: Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three-Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk at 8/7c on TNT, TNTDrama.com and the TNT app

Sunday, Feb. 18
-NBA All-Star Game at 8:20/7:20c on TNT, TNTDrama.com and the TNT app