The NBA season begins on October 22, when the Toronto Raptors raise the franchise operator's first banner of the championship before battling the New Orleans Pelicans, who in the first weeks of the year rely on the services of the top draft Pickers Zion Williams forgo season.
While we wait for Zion's rookie debut, there are plenty of storylines in the early season with familiar faces in new locations. Will the pairing of Anthony Davis with LeBron James bring the Lakers back to fame? Or will the tandem of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George make the Clippers into the talk of LA? Are there enough shots to shoot in Houston with James Harden and Russell Westbrook in the same place? Can Stephen Curry keep the Golden State Warriors running without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson? Can Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks or Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers reach the final in the East?
The answers to these questions will be found out during the season. Here's what you need to know to see all the NBA action this year.
NBA live on TV
You can watch games on national television on ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBA TV. The game of your local team is in most cases broadcast by a regional sports network (RSN), either Fox Sports or NBC Sports (there are a handful of independent RSNs). You need a pay-TV subscription to access your local Fox Sports or NBC Sports network.
NBA live online
You have two ways to stream NBA games live online: Buy an NBA League Pass subscription or subscribe to a live TV streaming service that channels the national broadcasts and channels transfers the RSN of your team. The former only works if you follow an out-of-market team, and the latter is better if you are a fan of the local team.
NBA League Pass
With the NBA League Pass, your local team's games are blacked out along with nationally broadcast games. You can play all games that are not on the market (unless they are aired on ESPN, TNT or any other national show) for $ 250 for the season (or $ 40 per month) without advertising or $ 200 for the View season (or $ 29 per month) with ads breaks. You can sign up to see only the games of your favorite out-of-market team for $ 120 per season (or $ 18 per month). Or you can only get NBA TV for channel coverage of the league and live games for $ 60 a year or $ 7 a month. NBA League Pass is supported by a number of devices.
Depending on where you live, one of the main live TV streaming services can broadcast the local RSN that broadcasts your local team's games. However, not every service transmits any RSN or local network, such as ABC, and some teams are not available in any live TV streaming service. Therefore, check each service using the links below to make sure it transmits the network you want near you.
Other important information about live TV streaming services:
- You need a solid Internet connection.
- You can watch them on TV as long as your Smart TV is on the Service App. You can also watch TV on your TV with a media streamer like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast.
- You can also watch TV on iPhones, Android phones, tablets and computer browsers.
- You can sign up and cancel at any time without a contract being required.
- All offer free trial periods so you can sign up and then quit.
If you live in the TV market of your favorite team, you can find information about your streaming options below. I have also recorded information for ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBA TV for national live broadcasts.
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YouTube TV costs $ 50 a month and includes everything an NBA fan needs: ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBA TV, plus local Fox Sports or NBC Sports RSNs.
PlayStation Vue Monthly Basic Access Plan includes ESPN, TNT, and ABC. The core plan worth $ 55 per month adds NBA TV and local Fox Sports or NBC Sports RSNs.
The Sling Orange package at Sling TV for $ 25 per month includes ESPN and TNT, but no RSN. Sling TV's $ 25 per month Sling Blue package includes regional NBC Sports RSNs, but only for the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, and Washington Wizards. Sling TV does not have Fox Sports RSNs. None of Sling TV's plans include ABC. The Sling TV Orange and Blue package costs $ 40 a month. The $ 10-per-month Sports Extra add-on includes NBA TV.
Hulu with live TV costs $ 45 a month and includes ESPN, TNT and ABC as well as regional Fox or NBC sports RSNs. It does not have NBA TV.
AT & T TV The $ 50 Plus Plus package includes ESPN, TNT and ABC. However, you will need to use the Max Package for $ 70 a month to get a regional Fox or NBC Sport RSN. No plan has NBA TV.
FuboTV costs $ 55 a month and includes TNT, NBA TV, Fox Sports and NBC Sports RSNs, but does not include ESPN or ABC.