The Best Way to Watch Live NBA Basketball Games Without Cable in 2018-2019

Best Way to Watch Every NBA Team without Cable

We picked the best live TV streaming services for each NBA team so you won’t miss a single game. Don’t subscribe to one until you check your favorite team’s schedule.

Local Market Broadcasts

Most National Basketball Association (NBA) telecasts will air on your Regional Sports Network (RSN). If you follow your hometown team, more than 80% of their games will air on your local RSN.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) ≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -

To watch your RSN online without cable, you will need a subscription to one of the major Live TV Streaming Services.

Once you subscribe, you will be able to stream your local NBA games on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS, and Android.

You can stream 25 of 30 NBA teams locally on Live TV Streaming Services.

You won’t be able to stream Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, or Utah Jazz games in your local market.

In Canada, we suggest checking out Sportsnet NOW for 100+ NBA games including 42 Toronto Raptors games this season.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
Atlanta Hawks
Fox Sports Southeast
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 - -
Boston Celtics
NBC Sports Boston
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 - -
Brooklyn Nets
YES Network
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Charlotte Hornets
Fox Sports Southeast
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 - -
Chicago Bulls
NBC Sports Chicago
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Cleveland Cavaliers
Fox Sports Ohio
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Dallas Mavericks
Fox Sports Southwest
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Denver Nuggets
Altitude
- - - - - - - -
Detroit Pistons
Fox Sports Detroit
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Golden State Warriors
NBC Sports Bay Area
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Houston Rockets
AT&T SportsNet Southwest
- - - - - - - -
Indiana Pacers
Fox Sports Indiana
- - ≥ $50 - -
LA Clippers
Fox Sports Prime Ticket
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Los Angeles Lakers
Spectrum SportsNet
- - - - - - - -
Memphis Grizzlies
Fox Sports Southeast
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 - -
Miami Heat
Fox Sports Sun
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Milwaukee Bucks
Fox Sports Wisconsin
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 - -
Minnesota Timberwolves
Fox Sports North
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
New Orleans Pelicans
Fox Sports New Orleans
- - ≥ $50 - -
New York Knicks
MSG
≥ $55 - - - - - -
Oklahoma City Thunder
Fox Sports Oklahoma
≥ $55 - - ≥ $50 - - -
Orlando Magic
Fox Sports Florida
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Philadelphia 76ers
NBC Sports Philadelphia
- - ≥ $50 - -
Phoenix Suns
Fox Sports Arizona
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Portland Trail Blazers
NBC Sports Northwest
- - ≥ $50 - -
Sacramento Kings
NBC Sports California
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
San Antonio Spurs
Fox Sports Southwest
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -
Utah Jazz
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
- - - - - - - -
Washington Wizards
NBC Sports Washington
≥ $55 - ≥ $50 -

Overflow Channels

Some games that appear on overflow channels may require you to watch on Fox Sports Go or NBCSports App.

Nationally Televised Broadcasts

Nationally televised games that don’t air on your team’s RSN may air on ESPN, TNT, or ABC. You can get these channels on the lowest tier of every live streaming service except for fuboTV.

Most of these games will air exclusively on these channels and won’t be available on your local RSN. You’ll also need these channels to get NBA Playoff games and the NBA Finals.

NBA TV broadcasts ~100 non-exclusive games per year.

For the general NBA fan, this is a good option to see teams that play outside of your home market.

You won’t be able to watch your local team though, as games of teams in your local market will be blacked out if the game is also being broadcast on your local RSN.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
ABC - - - -
ESPN - - -
TNT -
NBA TV ≥ $65 - - ≥ $50 ^ $5 ^ $10

Out-of-Market Broadcasts

If you live away from your favorite team, you can still catch nearly every game. The NBA offers NBA League Pass online for $200 to watch every team or $120 to watch a single team’s games.

For $250, you can watch all the games with an in-arena stream during commercial breaks.

Learn more by visiting NBA League Pass.

Live TV Streaming Pages