The NBA All-Star Break is a crucial bit of rest and recovery in the middle of the regular season. How much time will each team actually get off?
Injuries are an unfortunate constant in the NBA and every team could use a chance to rest and get healthy. This is especially true for teams like the Lakers (Anthony Davis), Nets (Kevin Durant) Pelicans (Zion Williamson), Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) and Suns (Devin Booker) who are waiting out extended absences from former All-Stars.
This strategic break gives teams and players a chance to catch their breath and recharge for the rest of the season and, for many teams, a concerted playoff push.
How long is the NBA All-Star Break?
For most teams, the NBA All-Star Break will begin after their games on Wednesday, Feb. 15. However, there are still three games on the schedule for Thursday, Feb. 16 — Bucks vs. Bulls, Wizards vs. Timberwolves and Clippers vs. Suns.
NBA All-Star Weekend begins on Friday, Feb. 17 with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the NBA Rising Stars Game. Saturday, Feb. 18 will have the Skills Challenge, Starry 3-Point Contest and AT&T Slam Dunk Contest. The actual NBA All-Star game will be played Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
There are no games on the schedule for Monday, Feb. 20, Tuesday, Feb. 21 or Wednesday, Feb. 22. A regular schedule resumes on Thursday, Feb. 23 with nine games, including marquee matchups like Nuggets vs. Cavaliers, Grizzlies vs. 76ers and Warriors vs. Lakers.
Every team will get at least six days off for the NBA All-Star Break. Those six teams that play on Thursday, Feb. 16 will don’t play again until at least the following Friday. Of course, any player who is participating in any of the NBA All-Star events will have that break cut short.
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