The U.S. women’s basketball team heads into Saturday’s contest against Japan looking to extend its Olympic winning streak to 55 games and capture its seventh consecutive gold medal.
The Americans have largely overpowered the opposition in this year’s tournament, winning their previous five Olympic contests by an average of 16.2 points. And yet, Team USA guard Sue Bird believes this group hasn’t put together its best performance.
“As usual with USA Basketball, when we come together, we just try to get on a path where we’re just getting better and better every day along the journey,” Bird said after a semifinal win over Serbia. “And so I still think there’s another level that we can get to, and I hope that’s what happens in two days.”
Will Team USA reach that level and continue its run of dominance? Or will Japan pull off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic basketball history?
Here is a complete guide to watching the USA vs. Japan women’s basketball game at the 2021 Olympics, including the start time, a full TV schedule and live streaming information.
USA vs. Japan start time
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 7
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET | 7:30 p.m. PT
The U.S. women’s basketball team will face Japan in the gold-medal game at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 7. Serbia and France will play in the bronze-medal game.
What channel is USA vs. Japan basketball on?
- TV channels: NBC
- Live stream: NBCOlympics.com
USA vs. Japan will be available to watch on NBC. It can also be streamed via NBCOlympics.com.
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 27||USA 81, Nigeria 72||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|July 30||USA 86, Japan 69||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 2||USA 93, France 82||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 4||USA 79, Australia 55||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 6||USA 79, Serbia 59||12:40 a.m.||NBC|
|Aug. 7||Gold-medal game vs. Japan||10:30 p.m.||NBC|