Before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the US men’s basketball team fell to Australia in an exhibition game despite being the favorite to win by double digits. Now Americans have a chance to avenge that loss.
Team USA will face Australia in the semifinal round of the 2021 Olympic tournament on Thursday with a place in the gold medal game up for grabs. Kevin Durant has led the way for Team USA, averaging 18.0 points per game on 54.2 percent shooting from the field. Patty Mills, who will reportedly sign with the Nets and become Durant’s teammate in the NBA next season, has been excellent for Australia, scoring 20.8 points per game and shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range.
Can Durant and the Americans stay on track to the gold medal? Or will Mills and the Australians get another surprise?
Here’s a comprehensive guide to watching the US men’s basketball game against Australia at the 2021 Olympics, including the start time, a full television schedule, and live streaming information.
USA vs. Australia start time
- Date: Thursday 5th August
- Weather: 12:15 am ET | 9:15 pm PT
The US men’s basketball team will face Australia at 12:15 am ET on Thursday, August 5. The winner will advance to the gold medal game, which will take place on Friday, August 6.
What channel is USA basketball on against Australia?
- TV channels: Not available in cable
- Live broadcast: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
The United States vs. Australia game will not be broadcast live on cable television in the United States. Instead, it will air exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service.
Peacock can be viewed for free with ads, or you can pay a $ 4.99 monthly fee for Peacock Premium (no ads). A paid subscription is required to watch Team USA basketball games.NBCSN is scheduled to broadcast a replay of the 2021 Olympic semifinals on Thursday at 11pm ET.
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Live broadcasts of the Olympic Games
NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will provide coverage of select live events, including athletics, gymnastics and basketball. A subscription to Peacock Premium (no ads) costs $ 4.99 per month.
|Transmission option||Cable subscription required?||Free?||cost||Free Trial?|
|Peacock Premium||Do not||Do not||$ 4.99 / month||Yes|
|fuboTV||Do not||Do not||$ 64.99 / month||Yes|
|AT&T TV now||Do not||Do not||$ 69.99 / month||Do not|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||Do not||Do not||$ 64.99 / month||Yes|
|YouTube TV||Do not||Do not||$ 64.99 / month||Yes|
2021 USA Basketball Schedule
|Date||Play||Time (ET)||television channel|
|July 25||France 83, United States 76||8 am||Peacock|
|28 of July||United States 120, Iran 66||12:40 am||Peacock|
|July 31st||United States 119, Czech Republic 84||8 am||Peacock|
|August 3rd||USA 95, Spain 81||12:40 am||Peacock|
|August 5||United States vs. Australia||12:15 am||Peacock|
|6th August||Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game||10:30 pm||NBC, fuboTV|
|August 7th||Men’s Basketball Bronze Medal Game||7 a. M.||US Network|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.