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.
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 option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|AT&T TV Now||No||No||$69.99/month||No|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$64.99/month||Yes|
USA basketball schedule 2021
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 25||France 83, USA 76||8 a.m.||Peacock|
|July 28||USA 120, Iran 66||12:40 a.m.||Peacock|
|July 31||USA 119, Czech Republic 84||8 a.m.||Peacock|
|Aug. 3||USA 95, Spain 81||12:40 a.m.||Peacock|
|Aug. 5||USA vs. Australia||12:15 a.m.||Peacock|
|Aug. 6||Men’s basketball gold-medal game||10:30 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
|Aug. 7||Men’s basketball bronze-medal game||7 a.m.||USA Network|