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How to Stream 2021 NBA Playoffs

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Despite the Milwaukee Bucks’ victory Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns still put out a solid game thanks to Devin Booker, who scored 20 points in the first half and 18 more in the third quarter. His 38 points are tied for the second-most points scored throughout an NBA Finals game in 25 years.

The decisive Game 4 comes after the Bucks took home the win at their home stadium, Fiserv Forum, on Sunday night, defeating the Suns with the help of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks MVP, whose status remained uncertain after a knee injury during the Eastern Conference Finals, got back on the court to lead the team to victory with a 40-point 10-rebound rebound performance on the Finals stage.

The last leg of the series has been historic for both teams: the Bucks haven’t had on a victory in the Finals for almost 50 years, while it’s the first time the Suns have played in the Finals in 28 years. Now, eyes are on an anticipated Game 5 on Saturday night in Phoenix.

Considering how unpredictable the entire postseason has been, the next few games are sure to be chock-full of entertainment. If you’re looking for answers on how to stream this years playoffs, we’ve got the rundown. A variety of streamers are covering the games live from ABC, ESPN, and TNT, meaning you’ll be sure to find a way to watch without cable. Here are the best places to stream the 2021 NBA playoffs, from ESPN+ to Sling TV, here’s our guide.


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Tuesday, July 20th

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  • 6:00 p.m./9:00 p.m.     Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Thursday, July 22nd

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  • 6:00 p.m./9:00 p.m.     Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns


Sling TV

Sling TV is the most affordable way to stream TNT for the playoffs. While a regular subscription normally costs $35 a month, you can snag this special promo offer for$10 a month, or 35 cents a day. Plus, the live-streaming app service caters towards NBA fans with its Orange package, which offers access to TNT’s NBA studio and ESPN in addition to 30 more channels.

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ESPN Plus is another solid good plan to screen all the important playoff games. At $5.99 a month, the streamer offers every live playoff game airing on ESPN and ABC. You’ll want to keep your subscription for the finals, as well, since the Western Conference finals will be televised exclusively on ESPN, and the NBA finals on ABC.

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FuboTV is the most expensive option available at $64.99, but it’s one of the only all-in-one solutions to catching every second of the playoffs. The sports-focused streamer offers ESPN, TNT, NBC, and NBA TV available to stream on any device. This is best for big-time sports fanatics, who might be interested in the additional 100 channels that come with a subscription.

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NBA League Pass

This is the way to go if you aren’t be able to catch the live games. Each playoff game will be made available for viewing within a few hours after each game is finished. But the kicker is that, unlike regular DVR provided by other streamers, NBA League Pass allows users to download the games to watch offline.

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In addition to offering access to a handful of games in the earlier rounds of playoffs, NBA TV also offers around-the-clock analysis of what’s happening on-screen in real time. While other streamers may offer more live coverage, its $20 price tag pays off for viewers looking to return to the classics: the subscription service offers access to every single NBA Finals matchup from the last 20 years.

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Youtube TV

With access to ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, and TNT, Youtube TV will have you covered with all the channels you’ll need for live coverage and analysis of the playoff games. And if the price is too steep, now’s the perfect time to go for their free one-month trial.

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With a basic entertainment package from AT&T, you’ll have access to ABC, ESPN, and TNT to catch all the most important games. For $15 more dollars, you’ll get NBA TV for extra analysis of the games and players, in addition to their archive of every single Finals matchup game over the last 20 years.

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Hulu Plus

If you aren’t interested in NBA TV, Hulu is a cheaper option for the three main channels you’ll need for the playoffs: ABC, ESPN, and TNT. And for existing Hulu subscribers, the shift to Plus entails a coveted shift to no commercials and increased access to their extensive library.

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How to watch the Bucks in the playoffs (even if you've cut the cord)

After a playoff bout in the bubble last year, the Milwaukee Bucks are back in the postseason, back at Fiserv Forum, back in front of live fans and back hunting for the Larry O'Brien Trophy in the hopes of claiming the city's first major sports championship in decades.

Following their brilliant revenge against the Miami Heat, a miracle seven-game scrap against the Brooklyn Nets and a hard-fought Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Giannis and the Bucks now face something we haven't seen in decades: the NBA Finals. Everything is truly at stake in this matchup – landing a glorious place in the history books against merely a place in the footnotes, fortifying Giannis' young legacy and creating a Milwaukee memory that would last forever. And you're not going to want to miss a single dribble now that the games are as real as they can get.

Unable to snag the hottest tickets in town to watch the Bucks set the Phoenix Suns live and in person at Fiserv Forum? And all out of spots at the viewing parties at The MECCA, The Beer Garden and the plaza by the arena? You can still obviously keep up with Giannis and company on your small screens at home. But where exactly can you find the games? And where can you find them if you've cut the cord? Here's a viewing guide for watching the Bucks down the Suns.

Regular TV listings

For those who've still kept the cord, finding the Bucks playoff games is easier than Giannis running a 3-on-1 breakaway. Here's the guide to where the Bucks-Hawks series will be showing on television:

  • Game 6 – Tuesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC
  • Game 7 (if necessary) – Thursday, July 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC

As for listening to the games, you can find the glorious sound of Giannis slam dunks at 620 WTMJ.

Streaming options

So you've cut the cord. You might be able to find a nicely distanced patio showing the game or on a TV at your local watering hole, but your best bet for taking in what will hopefully be a Suns extinguishing courtesy of the Bucks will be streaming the game from the comfort of your lucky couch in the living room. Here are your best bets for following the Bucks in the first round from home.

Live television streaming services

So you've cut the cord – but you likely haven't cut yourself off from the world of sports and pop culture, which means you probably have a live television streaming service like Sling TV (the orange package), YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, FuboTV or AT&T TV Now. (The other major streaming services – Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Peacock and Apple TV+ – as popular as they are, have yet to dip much into live sports programming.)

For the Finals, all you need to worry about is ABC – and thankfully all of these live television streaming services offer the broadcast network. All of these streaming services cost around $64.99 a month, while Sling's orange plan is a slightly cheaper at $35 per month and AT&T TV Now's choice plan costs $65 for a two-year contract and $85 with no contract. An important reminder, though: These streaming services typically offer some kind of free trial period, so if you time it right – and make sure you remember to cancel before the cutoff date – you could probably score a few playoff games without having to dig into your wallet even once. 

  • Sling TV (orange plan): ESPN, ABC and TNT for $35 a month
  • Hulu with Live TV: ESPN, ABC and TNT for $64.99 a month
  • YouTube TV: ESPN, ABC and TNT for $64.99 a month
  • FuboTV: ESPN and ABC for $64.99 a month (TNT is unavailable)
  • AT&T TV Now (choice plan): ESPN, TNT and ABC for $65 a month with a two-year contract

Honestly, though, with all of the games coming over the air with ABC, the best – and cheapest – way to get the Finals on your TV is with an antenna, which are very inexpensive, easy to find and require no monthly payments or subscriptions. Go old school and go antenna – no streaming silliness necessary.

TV channel apps/websites

So you've cut the cord ... but you have friends or family who haven't. We're not saying you SHOULD ask for their cable account info so you can log in and watch the games on these channels' streaming apps ... but if you were to do that, download the ABC or ESPN apps onto your streaming box (Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV or Amazon Fire stick), sign in using a borrowed provider username and password, and watch away.

You can also watch on your computer screen by popping over to ABC or ESPN's websites, then sign in using a valid provider username and password. Your best bet is ESPN3, the channel's online streaming service, which will provide access to the game right smack-dab in the middle of the ESPN home page; you just need to click on the main window, plug in the requisite info and watch away. Congrats, you now have access to the games – no cable necessary. Well, SOMEBODY'S cable is necessary. 

All of this obviously works if you have cable as well. Just download the apps or go to the websites, and plug in your info. But ... you also have cable. And maybe an antenna too. So, you can also just watch the games on television as usual.  

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Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, fans were able to return to NBA arenas at the end of last year’s delayed and truncated season. That will continue in 2021-22 as the teams return to a complete 82-game schedule in front of full-capacity crowds. If you can’t make it to live games or just don’t feel comfortable returning to the stands yet, you can still catch all the hardwood action even if you don’t have a cable subscription. As in the past, big matchups will be broadcast nationally on ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, TNT, and NBA TV; you can get most, if not all, of these covered with a single streaming package.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the regional sports networks (RSNs) that air the bulk of the teams’ games. Fox Sports, NBC Sports, YES Network, Marquee Sports Network, and other RSNs have been dropped from YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, and fuboTV over the last year over carriage-fee disputes. If you’re mainly interested in following your local team through the season, your best bet is to determine which streaming service has an agreement with your team’s regional network and go with that one. Chances are it will also stream some of or all the cable networks mentioned above. A few teams can still be found on over-the-air channels—the Chicago Bulls on the windy city’s WGN, for one—but that arrangement is rapidly going the way of the two-handed set shot.

Updated October 19, 2021 to report all your streaming options for the 2021-22 NBA season

Over the air

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The good news is you can access ABC for free if you have an over-the-air TV antenna (you’ll find our top antenna picks here) and are within the radius of your local ABC affiliate’s broadcast tower. The bad news is the network is scheduled to air only 19 of this year’s nationally televised games. These, however, include some of the league’s marquee matchups, including three Christmas Day games: Celtics vs. Bucks, Warriors vs. Suns, and Nets vs. Lakers.

You can watch the remaining games with some combination of the following services.

Sling TV

The easiest way to catch many of the cable telecasts is with the Sling TV streaming service, but you’ll need to pony up for a monthly subscription. For $35 per month (currently $10 for the first month), Sling’s Orange package will get you ESPN/ESPN 2 and TNT. You can also get NBA TV with the Sports Extra add-on for an additional $11. With a TV antenna to catch the ABC broadcasts, you’ll have everything covered.

DirectTV Stream

You can also get ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, and NBA TV with DirectTV Stream, formerly AT&T TV Now. All you need is the basic Entertainment package for $70 per month. You might also be able to get your local team’s games, as DirectTV Stream is the only service to offer a full complement of regional sports networks, including the NBC Sports regional networks, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, New England Sports Network, YES Network, and Spectrum SportsNet LA. To find out what’s available in your area, enter your ZIP code into DirectTV Stream’s channel lookup. Note that you’ll still need an antenna to watch games on ABC.

Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV

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Both Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV give you access to ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, and TNT, for a flat fee of $55 a month for the first three months and $65 a month thereafter. But only YouTube TV offers NBA TV, giving it the edge for hoop heads. With just the one channel package, however, you don’t get the customizability of Sling TV or AT&T TV Now, so keep that in mind if you plan to use your subscription beyond basketball season.

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FuboTV offers ABC and ESPN in its $65-per-month Starter package, but none of its packages include TNT. This package also includes regional networks NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, which is great news if you’re a fan of the Kings, Warriors, Lakers, or Clippers. You can add NBA TV by purchasing the Sports Lite add-on for $10 a month.


NBA League Pass

If you’re truly hardcore for the hardwood, you should consider a subscription to NBA League Pass, the league’s official streaming service. For $200 a year or $29 per month, you can watch every live out-of-market game that isn’t being broadcast nationally on one of the four networks we’ve mentioned.

A League Pass subscription allows you to watch every feed (home, away, mobile view, plus additional languages and camera angles) of a game on your TV, computer, tablets, and smartphones. Games originally broadcast on ESPN, TNT, and ABC are available three hours after completion in the video archives. You also get anytime access to a curated selection of “classic” games.

For $250 a year or $40 per month, you can upgrade to NBA League Pass Premium, which enables you to stream a game on two devices at once and watch all games commercial free.

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NBA Team Pass

Two bills is a big investment if you only want to follow your favorite team. NBA Team Pass is a less-expensive alternative. For $120 a year or $18 per month, you get access to all your squad’s local broadcasts for both home and away games.

The rub is that NBA blackout rules still apply. If you live in your team’s “home” market—a Warriors fan residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, for example—you still won’t be able to watch their games even with a Team Pass subscription (this goes for League Pass as well). Your team’s home market, however, isn’t necessarily defined by your town’s city limits.

In the NBA’s own words, the league determines blackout zones “using zip code (if watching via a satellite television provider), a combination of zip code and cable system distribution territory (if watching via a cable television provider), or by the IP address associated with your internet connection or your mobile device’s GPS coordinates.”

That means this isn’t a cord-cutting option for everyone. The only way to be sure of your situation is to enter your zip code in the Blackout Notice in the middle of this pagebefore you sign up for one of the NBA subscriptions.

NBA streaming is still 50-50 ball

Streaming live NBA games continues to be a mixed bag for cord-cutters. The availability of national broadcasts through streaming services gives you a courtside seat for some of the biggest matchups of the season. But local fanbases who want to follow their team continue to be left on the bench, for the most part. Until streaming options for regional sports networks become more widely available, you might want to dust off your radio.

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Michael Ansaldo is a veteran consumer and small-business technology journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive and writes the Max Productivity column for PCWorld.

Should the NBA include the playoffs for MVP voting? - KJM

The NBA regular season may be wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean that the action is done until November. If anything, we’re about to be treated to the best part of the basketball season because the 2021 NBA Playoffs are about to begin.

But if you’re a cord-cutter, you already know that figuring out how to get all the NBA playoff games without paying for traditional cable TV can be a little confusing. There are now tons of popular cable alternatives, and sports fans have a few options to consider. That’s why we’re here with everything you need to know about watching the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Keep reading to find out when they’re scheduled for, what to look out for, and how you can stream the 2021 NBA Playoffs. 


When Are the 2021 NBA Playoffs?

The 2021 NBA Playoffs will take part in two phases, beginning with an eight-team play-in tournament that runs from May 14-19, and then the proper 16-team playoffs that run from May 22-July 22.

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The NBA play-in tournament takes the four teams seeded seventh through tenth in each conference and has them duke it out for the final two spots in their respective brackets. From there, the playoffs consist of the top eight teams in the Eastern and Western Conference trying to make their way through four grueling seven-game rounds without being knocked off.


What To Expect from the NBA Playoffs?

More than just the competition itself, part of what makes the NBA Playoffs so great are the storylines that surround the players, the team and the league.

  • Can LeBron James and Anthony Davis carry the beat-up Lakers to a second consecutive title?
  • Can the Nets’ super trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden unlock their limitless potential and deliver Nets fans their first-ever Larry O’Brien trophy?
  • Can the Suns and Jazz reclaim their ‘90s glory and make their way to the NBA Finals?
  • Can Steph Curry and the Warriors emerge victorious in the play-in tournament and become one of the scariest No. 8 seeds the playoffs have ever seen?

These are just a few of many, many questions floating around the league right now, but if you want to find out the answers, you’re gonna have to watch.


What Channels Are the 2021 NBA Playoffs Airing On?

If you’re wondering what networks carry the NBA playoffs, it’s simple. You can find games airing on the following networks:

  • ESPN: In addition to airing games from the play-in tournament and first two rounds, the Western Conference Playoffs will also be aired exclusively on ESPN.
  • TNT: Like ESPN, TNT will also be splitting the duties on the early rounds of the playoffs, but will also have exclusive rights to the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
  • ABC: Playoff games from the early rounds will air on ABC during the weekends, but once it comes time for the NBA Finals, the network will be the only place you can catch the action.
  • NBA TV: It’s unclear how NBA TV will factor in to the 2021 NBA Playoff coverage, but they typically receive a handful of early-round games to broadcast every season.

But while it’s easy to figure out what channels the games are on, what can be tricky is figuring out which streaming services give you access to those channels, and which ones provide the best value. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best services for streaming the 2021 NBA Playoffs.


How To Stream 2021 NBA Playoffs…

You’ve got a few different options for watching the games this year, from comprehensive live TV packages like Sling to more limited options such as ESPN+. For those of you that want to avoid dealing with cable companies altogether, and we don’t blame you, here’s how to stream the 2021 NBA playoffs.



For $5.99 a month, you can get access to ESPN Plus which will get you access to every playoff game televised on ESPN and ABC. This not only includes games from every round of the NBA playoffs, but the Western Conference finals will be streamed exclusively on ESPN and the NBA finals will be streamed exclusively on ABC. While this might not get you every single game of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, it will get you many of the most important games at an incredibly affordable price. And on top of that, you’ll get access to a wealth of other sports, including baseball, soccer, football, mma and ESPN’s entire 30 for 30 collection of documentaries.

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Sling TV


If you’re looking for the most affordable way to stream TNT during the NBA Playoffs, then you can try Sling TV for 1 month for just 35 cents per day. For NBA Fans, Sling TV’s Orange package is absolutely what you’re looking for. Sling is an app-based Live TV service, so that means that you’ll not only get your fill of Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson Live from TNT’s NBA studio, but you’ll also get ESPN and more than 30 other channels to keep you entertained. Sling TV normally costs $35 a month, but thanks to a special promo offer, you can get your first month for just $10 — or just 35 cents per day — which makes watching the first month of the playoffs an incredible value.

On top of that, if you are watching Sling TV on an Android-powered device or you spring for Sling’s AirTV Mini streaming device, you can also get ABC thanks to special integration with the Locast streaming service. Locast makes broadcast networks in 29 metropolitan markets available to stream for free. And even if you don’t have a device that provides sling integration, you can still access Locast separately to stream many of the NBA Playoffs’ marquee matchups completely free.

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NBA League Pass


If you know you won’t be able to watch many games as they happen live, you can subscribe to NBA League Pass for the playoffs. Normally NBA League Pass lets you watch every game for every single team live. And while League Pass won’t provide you with live broadcasts of games during the playoffs, it will typically make every playoff game available on-demand a few hours after each game is finished. Sure, other services will also provide on-demand access or let you DVR the games as well, but what they won’t let you do is download the games to your device for offline viewing. That means that if you have a lengthy train commute or spend a lot of time in a place without a great internet connection, you can catch up with NBA Playoff games the day after.

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While NBA TV does not televise a ton of playoff games every year, it does tend to receive a handful of games from the early rounds to broadcast and offers 24/7 analysis of games, teams, players and news around the league. And yes, paying $20 a month for streaming access to NBA TV may seem a little foolish when you can get two months of Sling TV for roughly the same price, but NBA TV does have one very cool value proposition for the playoffs: Every single NBA Finals matchup from the last 20 years is available to stream on-demand.

That means you can watch Shaq and Kobe’s lakers take on Allen Iverson’s Sixers in the 2001 Finals, LeBron and D-Wade’s Heat take on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s Thunder in the 2012 Finals, and Steph Curry’s Warriors reach five consecutive NBA Finals from 2015-2019.

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Fubo TV


If you want the simplest, all-in-one solution that will let you stream every game of the NBA Playoffs, and you’re willing to splurge a little, Fubo TV is the way to go. While this is the most expensive option on the list at $64.99 a month, the sports-focused Fubo TV will give you access to ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBA TV on your TV, computer or mobile device with no added steps or upgrades. On top of that, you’ll have access to more than 100 other channels across a variety of formats, genres and subjects, which means that it is a viable replacement for cable.

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The 2021 NBA playoffs are quickly reaching the end of the road. After an exciting regular season and upset-filled postseason, Tuesday night brings Game 6 of the last series of 2020-21 basketball, as the Milwaukee Bucks host the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals on ABC. Thanks to live TV streaming services, you won't need a cable subscription to watch this year's finals. 

For the Bucks, Tuesday offers a chance to win the franchise's second NBA title. After the Suns handled business with two wins on their home floor to open the series, while the Bucks won Games 3 and 4 at home in Milwaukee. On Saturday night the Bucks held on to take Game 5 in Arizona, opening a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. 

The action shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 6, with tipoff for tonight's contest scheduled for 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) on ABC. Here's everything you need to know to stream the action, no cable required.


What's the schedule for the NBA Finals?

The 2021 NBA playoffs started May 22, and the 2021 NBA Finals started on July 6. As in past years, each playoff series requires four games to win and runs up to seven games. The Suns have the home-court advantage due to their superior regular-season record.

Here's the schedule for the NBA Finals, via 

Tuesday, July 20 (Game 6)

  • Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ABC (Bucks lead series 3-2)

Thursday, July 22 (Game 7, if necessary)

  • Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ABC

How can I watch the NBA Finals on TV live without cable?

Nearly all of the five major live TV streaming services offer ABC (all but Sling TV), but not every service carries your local ABC station, so check the links below to make sure it's available in your area. Sling, to its credit, will be simulcasting the ABC games on ESPN3, so you will be able to stream the games on its service.

Our top picks? For the most complete option -- and a better app -- check out YouTube TV. If you want to get all the games for the cheapest rate, Sling TV is the pick. 

Since the games will all air on ABC, if you don't want to use a streaming service you can order an antenna and catch the games that way. 

Are fans allowed at the games?

Whereas the 2020 playoffs took place in a Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida, the NBA has played its 2020-21 season in regular arenas with fans increasingly coming back to stadiums as local COVID-19 restrictions have eased. Fans are allowed at playoff games this year, and both the Bucks and the Suns are welcoming near-capacity crowds for the Finals.

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Looking to live stream NBA TV without cable? You are in the right place! Read on to find out some great free and cheap options! 

Basketball is back to kick off the 2021-2022 season, and we’re so excited to watch all the action unfold on the court. If you’re a basketball fan, one of the most important channels you need in your TV package is NBA TV. With NBA TV, you get several games throughout the week, some NBA Playoffs games, as well as round-the-clock coverage and analysis of all the action around the league.

Even though NBA TV is a cable channel, you can stream it without a costly cable or satellite TV bundle. Below, we’ll go over all the different ways you can watch NBA TV online without cable.


Watch NBA TV Online with fuboTV


One easy way to watch NBA TV online is with fuboTV (free 7-day trial). With a huge package that includes more than 100 live channels, fuboTV makes it easy to stream all the sports you can handle and then some with NBA TV, regional sports channels, ESPN, FOX Sports, international sports channels, and a whole lot more in its huge lineup. Basically, you get just about everything you need to keep up with your favorite sports, including an NBA TV stream, without the high cost of cable.

Like Netflix and other streaming services, fuboTV can be streamed on just about any device, and you pay month to month with the option to cancel any time you want without penalty.

Here are a few key features of fuboTV:

  • Stream live TV on your television (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, etc), phone, tablet, or computer
  • No contract or hidden fees — pay month to month and cancel any time
  • Huge on-demand library
  • Cloud DVR service available
  • Free 7-day trial lets you watch NBA TV online free for one week!


Sling TV Also Offers NBA TV Live Stream

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Another way to stream NBA TV live is by using Sling TV.

Sling TV is a very affordable cable TV alternative, and it’s the original live streaming service for those ditching cable. Packages start at only $30 a month, and you can tailor your plan to include the channels you most want, like an NBA TV live stream.

NBA TV is offered in some Sling TV plans, and you could also get ESPN, FOX Sports, TNT, some regional sports channels, and more, based on which package you sign up for. In short, Sling TV has everything you need to watch NBA online this season.

You can watch live TV with Sling TV on most TV streaming players (Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, gaming consoles, and more), phones, tablets, and computers.

Check out our Sling TV review to learn more, or try it for yourself now free for 3 days and watch NBA TV online free during the trial period.


Are There Other Ways to Watch NBA TV Online?

We’ve touched on a couple of excellent options that will get you an NBA TV live stream, but do any other streaming services that carry the channel?

At this time, the only other streaming service offering NBA TV is YouTube TV. But it’s worth pointing out this service is the most expensive of them all at $65 a month.

Other streaming services like Hulu Live do not yet offer an NBA TV stream at this time.

Have any questions about how to watch NBA TV online? Let us know by commenting below.


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2021-22 NBA Streaming Guide: How to Watch the New Season

LeBron James, move over.

With Kendall Jenner now dating Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, and "Easy On Me" singer Adele showing up courtside with Rich Paul, James' sports agent, there could be as many storylines to watch outside the lines this coming NBA season as between them. But make no mistake, the actual hoops action promises to be must-see, too.  

Can James and the retooled Los Angeles Lakers claim another title? Will Booker's Phoenix Suns go deep in the playoffs again? And, of course the real question, will Jenner and Adele bump into each other at a Lakers-Suns game?  

The 2021-22 NBA season is scheduled to tip off Oct. 19. Here's a look at how you can stream live NBA games from opening night all the way through next summer's NBA Finals series, even if you don't have cable. 

Our guide covers the leading live-TV streaming services, including DirecTV Stream and YouTube TV, plus the NBA-produced packages, such as NBA League Game Pass. Subscription prices are current as of publication. Let's get to the action! 

For $200 for the full season (or $29 for a monthly subscription), NBA League Pass delivers hundreds of live out-of-market NBA games, plus comprehensive access to full-length replays and condensed recaps. It will not get you live local games, and it won't allow you to watch live ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV games, either. But hundreds of other games! Every replay! 

Formerly known as AT&T TV, DirecTV Stream is the only live-TV streamer we found that gives you a real shot at getting your local team's live games. For $85 a month, the service's Choice tier gives you more than 90 live-TV channels, including ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, plus, if your coverage area allows, your local ABC station and local regional sports networks. If you pair DirecTV Stream with an NBA League Pass subscription, your streaming game will be unstoppable.  

Hulu Plus Live TV is good for the NBA fan who follows the regular-season national games, and wants to watch the playoffs. The streamer's basic subscription offers more than 75 live-TV channels, including ESPN, TNT and potentially your local ABC station. (NBA TV is not included, and you can't purchase it as an add-on.) At last look, Hulu Plus Live TV was offering new customers both a free trial and a price break.   

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For $65 a month, FuboTV's Starter tier has the potential to deliver 112 live-TV channels, including ESPN. Depending on your area, ABC is included, too. The "fubo Extra" add-on package will bring you dozens more channels, including NBA TV, for $8 a month. One major flaw with FuboTV's NBA game? No TNT.  As of publication, FuboTV was offering a free trial at sign up.

Sling TV
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For $35 a month, Sling TV's Orange package will get you a decent amount of live NBA games. The "Orange" tier features dozens of live-TV channels, including ESPN and TNT. You can add NBA TV to your lineup with the $11-a-month Sports Extra tier. (NBA League Pass can be purchased as an add-on.) There's one big hole in Sling TV's game: It doesn't offer live, local ABC channels. That means no ABC-aired NBA games, including the NBA Finals. 

YouTube TV
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If you don't need to see every single game by your hometown team, then YouTube TV is a good option. Its basic package will get you more than 85 live-TV channels, including all of the live NBA games on ESPN, TNT, NBA TV and, depending on your coverage area, ABC. (NBA League Pass is available as an add-on.)


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