USA vs. Australia time, channel, TV schedule to watch 2021 Olympic men’s basketball semifinals

Prior to the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. men’s basketball team fell to Australia in an exhibition game despite being favored to win by double-digits. Now the 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 spot in the gold-medal game on the line. 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 is reportedly set to sign with the Nets and become Durant’s NBA teammate next season, has been terrific for Australia, posting 20.8 points per game while shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range.

Can Durant and the Americans stay on the path to the gold medal? Or will Mills and the Australians pull off another upset?

Here is a complete guide to watching the USA vs. Australia men’s basketball game at the 2021 Olympics, including the start time, a full TV schedule and live-streaming information.

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USA vs. Australia start time

  • Date: Thursday, Aug. 5
  • Time: 12:15 a.m. ET | 9:15 p.m. PT

The U.S. men’s basketball team will face Australia at 12:15 a.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 5. The winner will advance to the gold-medal game, which will take place on Friday, Aug. 6.

What channel is USA vs. Australia basketball on?

  • TV channels: Not available on cable
  • Live stream: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

The USA vs. Australia game won’t be broadcast live on cable television in the United States. Instead, it will air exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service.

Peacock is free to watch with ads, or you can pay a monthly charge of $4.99 for Peacock Premium (no ads). The paid subscription is required to watch Team USA basketball games. NBCSN is scheduled to air a replay of the 2021 Olympic semifinals on Thursday at 11 p.m. ET.

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Olympics live streams

NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will provide coverage of select live events, including track and field, gymnastics and basketball. A Peacock Premium subscription (no ads) costs $4.99 per month.

Streaming optionCable subscription needed?Free?CostFree trial?
PeacockNoYes
Peacock PremiumNoNo$4.99/monthYes
fuboTVNoNo$64.99/monthYes
AT&T TV NowNoNo$69.99/monthNo
Hulu Plus Live TVNoNo$64.99/monthYes
YouTube TVNoNo$64.99/monthYes

USA basketball schedule 2021

DateGameTime (ET)TV channel
July 25France 83, USA 768 a.m.Peacock
July 28USA 120, Iran 6612:40 a.m.Peacock
July 31USA 119, Czech Republic 848 a.m.Peacock
Aug. 3USA 95, Spain 8112:40 a.m.Peacock
Aug. 5USA vs. Australia12:15 a.m.Peacock
Aug. 6Men’s basketball gold-medal game10:30 p.m.NBC, fuboTV
Aug. 7Men’s basketball bronze-medal game7 a.m.USA Network

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