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How to Watch 2021 NBA Pre-Season Live Online Without Cable: Streaming & TV Options

Jason Gurwin

The NBA Preseason tipping off this week. Each team will tune-up with 4 preseason games a piece, to get ready for the start of the 2021-22 NBA season on October 19th. The good news is that whether you live close or far from your favorite NBA team, you have plenty of options to stream their games.

We will break down how you can watch your favorite team on your local RSN, nationally televised preseason games, and out-of-market NBA preseason coverage.

Top Pick

DIRECTV STREAM

  • ESPN, TNT, & NBA TV
  • Bally Sports RSNs / Fox Sports RSNs
  • MSG
  • YES Network
  • Spectrum SportsNet
  • AT&T SportsNet & ROOT Sports
  • Altitude

Budget Pick

Sling TV “Orange”

  • ESPN & TNT
  • NBA TV (+$11)
  • No Local RSNs

The preseason will consist of a total of 66 preseason games. Each team will play a minimum of four games, with at least one at home and one on the road. The full 2021 NBA preseason TV schedule and streaming options are below.

Local Telecasts on RSNs

For those who want to stream games in their local market, you will still need a Live TV Streaming Service. Which service you should choose really depends on what team you follow.

After YouTube TV, Hulu, Sling TV, and fuboTV each dropped Bally Sports RSNs, for most teams your only option is DIRECTV STREAM “Choice Plan” ($84.99) to stream most NBA games.

For teams carried on NBC Sports-owned RSNs like the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, you have multiple options to stream like Hulu Live TV, fuboTV, and YouTube TV.

If you want to stream games on MSG (New York Knicks) and AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston Rockets), your least expensive option is fuboTV ($64.99), which is available with a 7-Day Free Trial.

Best Options For Each Team

DTV STREAM fuboTV Hulu Sling TV YouTube
Inscríbete Prueba gratis Sign Up Prueba gratis Inscríbete
$69,99 $64,99 $69,99 $35 $35 $64,99
Atlanta Hawks
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Boston Celtics
NBC Sports Boston
≥ $84,99 - -
Brooklyn Nets
YES Network
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Charlotte Hornets
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Chicago Bulls
NBC Sports Chicago
≥ $84,99 - -
Cleveland Cavaliers
Bally Sports Ohio
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Dallas Mavericks
Bally Sports Southwest
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Denver Nuggets
Altitude
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Detroit Pistons
Bally Sports Detroit
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Golden State Warriors
NBC Sports Bay Area
≥ $84,99 - -
Houston Rockets
AT&T SportsNet Southwest
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Indiana Pacers
Bally Sports Indiana
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
LA Clippers
Bally Sports SoCal
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Los Angeles Lakers
Spectrum SportsNet
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Memphis Grizzlies
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Miami Heat
Bally Sports Sun
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Milwaukee Bucks
Bally Sports Wisconsin
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Minnesota Timberwolves
Bally Sports North
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
New Orleans Pelicans
Bally Sports New Orleans
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
New York Knicks
MSG
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Oklahoma City Thunder
Bally Sports Oklahoma
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Orlando Magic
Bally Sports Florida
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Philadelphia 76ers
NBC Sports Philadelphia
- - -
Phoenix Suns
Bally Sports Arizona
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Portland Trail Blazers
Root Sports Northwest
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Sacramento Kings
NBC Sports California
≥ $84,99 - -
San Antonio Spurs
Bally Sports Southwest
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Utah Jazz
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Washington Wizards
NBC Sports Washington
≥ $84,99 - -
Toronto Raptors
NBA TV
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11

National Telecasts

NBA TV will carry 15 games during the preseason, while ESPN/ESPN2 will carry six matchups, and TNT two games leading up to opening night. Some of those games will be blacked out locally, which will be carried on your local RSN or team’s website.

Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, and YouTube TV each carry ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV. Sling TV ($35) includes ESPN and TNT in their Sling Orange Plan, while NBA TV is part of their Sports Extra Add-On ($11). For a limited time, you can get Sling Orange for just $10 For Your First Month.

Hulu Live TV, which offers a 7-Day Free Trial, offers ESPN and TNT, but doesn’t have NBA TV, while YouTube TV has all three. fuboTV has ESPN and includes NBA TV in their Sports Plus Add-on ($11), which also includes NHL Network, MLB Network, and NFL RedZone.

DTV STREAM fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
Inscríbete Prueba gratis Sign Up Prueba gratis Prueba gratis Inscríbete
$69,99 $64,99 $69,99 $25 $35 $35 $64,99
ESPN - -
ESPN2 - -
NBA TV ≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - - ^ $11 ^ $11
TNT - -

Out-Of-Market Telecasts

If you live away from your favorite team, you can still catch nearly every game. The NBA offers it’s out-of-market package, NBA League Pass, for $200 to watch every team, NBA Team Pass for $120 for a single team, or $6.99 for an single game.

Fans can upgrade to NBA League Pass Premium ($250) which replaces commercials with an in-arena stream and allows two people to stream at the same time.

NBA League Pass also includes the option to add NBA TV to your subscription — which is an additional $30 if you bundle it with your League Pass subscription (half the price of last season). If not, unfortunately, all games on NBA TV, in addition to TNT, ESPN, ABC, and local telecasts will be blacked out. You will need a Live TV Streaming Service for that.

You can still subscribe to NBA League Pass through other providers. It is available through Amazon Prime Video Channels, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

How to Stream the 2021-21 Preseason Live for Free on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS and Android

There are six major streaming providers that offer Live TV Streaming. These providers allow you to watch the 2020-21 NBA Preseason live on Fox Sports Southeast using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast and Web.

DTV STREAM fuboTV Hulu Sling TV YouTube
Inscríbete Prueba gratis Sign Up Prueba gratis Inscríbete
$69,99 $64,99 $69,99 $35 $35 $64,99
Atlanta Hawks
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Boston Celtics
NBC Sports Boston
≥ $84,99 - -
Brooklyn Nets
YES Network
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Charlotte Hornets
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Chicago Bulls
NBC Sports Chicago
≥ $84,99 - -
Cleveland Cavaliers
Bally Sports Ohio
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Dallas Mavericks
Bally Sports Southwest
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Denver Nuggets
Altitude
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Detroit Pistons
Bally Sports Detroit
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Golden State Warriors
NBC Sports Bay Area
≥ $84,99 - -
Houston Rockets
AT&T SportsNet Southwest
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Indiana Pacers
Bally Sports Indiana
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
LA Clippers
Bally Sports SoCal
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Los Angeles Lakers
Spectrum SportsNet
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Memphis Grizzlies
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Miami Heat
Bally Sports Sun
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Milwaukee Bucks
Bally Sports Wisconsin
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Minnesota Timberwolves
Bally Sports North
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
New Orleans Pelicans
Bally Sports New Orleans
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
New York Knicks
MSG
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Oklahoma City Thunder
Bally Sports Oklahoma
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Orlando Magic
Bally Sports Florida
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Philadelphia 76ers
NBC Sports Philadelphia
- - -
Phoenix Suns
Bally Sports Arizona
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Portland Trail Blazers
Root Sports Northwest
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Sacramento Kings
NBC Sports California
≥ $84,99 - -
San Antonio Spurs
Bally Sports Southwest
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Utah Jazz
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Washington Wizards
NBC Sports Washington
≥ $84,99 - -
Toronto Raptors
NBA TV
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11
DTV STREAMfuboTVHuluPhiloSling TVYouTube
InscríbetePrueba gratisSign UpPrueba gratisPrueba gratisInscríbete
$69,99$64,99$69,99$25$35$35$64,99
NBA TV≥ $84,99^
$11
--^
$11
^
$11
ESPN--
TNT--

All Live TV Streaming Options

Sling TV

Price: $35
Includes: ESPN y TNT + 14 Top Cable Channels

Add-on: $11 Sports Extra
Includes: NBA TV

DIRECTV STREAM

Price: $84,99
Includes: NBA TV, ESPN y TNT + 33 Top Cable Channels

fuboTV

Price: $64,99
Includes: ESPN + 26 Top Cable Channels

Add-on: $11 Sports Plus
Includes: NBA TV

YouTube TV

Price: $64,99
Includes: NBA TV, ESPN y TNT + 30 Top Cable Channels

Hulu Live TV

Price: $69,99
Includes: ESPN y TNT + 30 Top Cable Channels

2021-22 NBA Season Preview

NBA 2021-22 Preseason TV Schedule

2021 NBA Preseason
DTV STREAM fuboTV Hulu Sling TV YouTube
Inscríbete Prueba gratis Sign Up Prueba gratis Inscríbete
$69,99 $64,99 $69,99 $35 $35 $64,99
Los Angeles Lakers v. Brooklyn Nets
Sun, Oct 3 at 3:30 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Toronto Raptors v. Philadelphia 76ers
Mon, Oct 4 at 7:00 PM
NBC Sports Philadelphia - - -
Boston Celtics v. Orlando Magic
Mon, Oct 4 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Miami Heat v. Atlanta Hawks
Mon, Oct 4 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Minnesota Timberwolves v. New Orleans Pelicans
Mon, Oct 4 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Oklahoma City Thunder v. Charlotte Hornets
Mon, Oct 4 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
San Antonio Spurs v. Utah Jazz
Mon, Oct 4 at 8:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Portland Trail Blazers v. Golden State Warriors
Mon, Oct 4 at 10:00 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 ^ $11
Sacramento Kings v. Phoenix Suns
Mon, Oct 4 at 10:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
LA Clippers v. Denver Nuggets
Mon, Oct 4 at 10:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
New York Knicks v. Indiana Pacers
Tue, Oct 5 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Chicago Bulls v. Cleveland Cavaliers
Tue, Oct 5 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Houston Rockets v. Washington Wizards
Tue, Oct 5 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Memphis Grizzlies v. Milwaukee Bucks
Tue, Oct 5 at 8:00 PM
-
Phoenix Suns v. Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Oct 6 at 6:00 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Detroit Pistons v. San Antonio Spurs
Wed, Oct 6 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Atlanta Hawks v. Cleveland Cavaliers
Wed, Oct 6 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
New Orleans Pelicans v. Orlando Magic
Wed, Oct 6 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Dallas Mavericks v. Utah Jazz
Wed, Oct 6 at 8:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Golden State Warriors v. Denver Nuggets
Wed, Oct 6 at 10:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
LA Clippers v. Sacramento Kings
Wed, Oct 6 at 10:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Charlotte Hornets v. Memphis Grizzlies
Thu, Oct 7 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Philadelphia 76ers v. Toronto Raptors
Thu, Oct 7 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 ^ $11
Houston Rockets v. Miami Heat
Thu, Oct 7 at 10:00 PM
ESPN2 -
Cleveland Cavaliers v. Indiana Pacers
Fri, Oct 8 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Brooklyn Nets v. Milwaukee Bucks
Fri, Oct 8 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Chicago Bulls v. New Orleans Pelicans
Fri, Oct 8 at 8:00 PM
NBC Sports Chicago ≥ $84,99 - -
Dallas Mavericks v. LA Clippers
Fri, Oct 8 at 8:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
San Antonio Spurs v. Miami Heat
Fri, Oct 8 at 8:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Denver Nuggets v. Minnesota Timberwolves
Fri, Oct 8 at 9:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Golden State Warriors v. Los Angeles Lakers
Fri, Oct 8 at 10:00 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 ^ $11
Boston Celtics v. Toronto Raptors
Sat, Oct 9 at 7:00 PM
NBC Sports Boston ≥ $84,99 - -
Washington Wizards v. New York Knicks
Sat, Oct 9 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Memphis Grizzlies v. Atlanta Hawks
Sat, Oct 9 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Orlando Magic v. San Antonio Spurs
Sun, Oct 10 at 6:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Cleveland Cavaliers v. Chicago Bulls
Sun, Oct 10 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Milwaukee Bucks v. Oklahoma City Thunder
Sun, Oct 10 at 7:30 PM
-
Los Angeles Lakers v. Phoenix Suns
Sun, Oct 10 at 10:00 PM
-
Toronto Raptors v. Houston Rockets
Mon, Oct 11 at 7:00 PM
No Local Telecast - - - - - -
Miami Heat v. Charlotte Hornets
Mon, Oct 11 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Philadelphia 76ers v. Brooklyn Nets
Mon, Oct 11 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Memphis Grizzlies v. Detroit Pistons
Mon, Oct 11 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Utah Jazz v. New Orleans Pelicans
Mon, Oct 11 at 9:00 PM
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain ≥ $84,99 - - - -
Portland Trail Blazers v. Sacramento Kings
Mon, Oct 11 at 10:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
LA Clippers v. Minnesota Timberwolves
Mon, Oct 11 at 10:30 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Washington Wizards v. Toronto Raptors
Tue, Oct 12 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 ^ $11
Los Angeles Lakers v. Golden State Warriors
Tue, Oct 12 at 10:30 PM
Phoenix Suns v. Portland Trail Blazers
Wed, Oct 13 at 5:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Charlotte Hornets v. Dallas Mavericks
Wed, Oct 13 at 6:30 PM
-
Indiana Pacers v. Memphis Grizzlies
Wed, Oct 13 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Orlando Magic v. Boston Celtics
Wed, Oct 13 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
New York Knicks v. Detroit Pistons
Wed, Oct 13 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Oklahoma City Thunder v. Denver Nuggets
Wed, Oct 13 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Utah Jazz v. Milwaukee Bucks
Wed, Oct 13 at 9:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Atlanta Hawks v. Miami Heat
Thu, Oct 14 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Brooklyn Nets v. Minnesota Timberwolves
Thu, Oct 14 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ^ $11
Oklahoma City Thunder v. Denver Nuggets
Thu, Oct 14 at 8:00 PM
Altitude ≥ $84,99 - - - - -
Sacramento Kings v. Los Angeles Lakers
Thu, Oct 14 at 10:00 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 ^ $11
Miami Heat v. Boston Celtics
Fri, Oct 15 at 6:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Detroit Pistons v. Philadelphia 76ers
Fri, Oct 15 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Indiana Pacers v. Cleveland Cavaliers
Fri, Oct 15 at 7:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
New York Knicks v. Washington Wizards
Fri, Oct 15 at 7:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Chicago Bulls v. Memphis Grizzlies
Fri, Oct 15 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - -
Milwaukee Bucks v. Dallas Mavericks
Fri, Oct 15 at 8:00 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - - -
San Antonio Spurs v. Houston Rockets
Fri, Oct 15 at 8:30 PM
≥ $84,99 - - - -
Golden State Warriors v. Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, Oct 15 at 10:00 PM
≥ $84,99 ^ $11 ^ $11

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