Skip to Content

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

TBD

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
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial 50% OFF Sign Up
$69.99 $69.99 $69.99 $25 $40 $40 $64.99
ESPN - -
ESPN2 - -
NBA TV ≥ $89.99 ^ $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
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up 50% OFF Sign Up
$69.99 $69.99 $69.99 $40 $40 $64.99
Atlanta Hawks
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Boston Celtics
NBC Sports Boston
≥ $89.99 - -
Brooklyn Nets
YES Network
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Charlotte Hornets
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Chicago Bulls
NBC Sports Chicago
≥ $89.99 - -
Cleveland Cavaliers
Bally Sports Ohio
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Dallas Mavericks
Bally Sports Southwest
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Denver Nuggets
Altitude
≥ $89.99 - - - -
Detroit Pistons
Bally Sports Detroit
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Golden State Warriors
NBC Sports Bay Area
≥ $89.99 - -
Houston Rockets
AT&T SportsNet Southwest
≥ $89.99 - - - -
Indiana Pacers
Bally Sports Indiana
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
LA Clippers
Bally Sports SoCal
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Los Angeles Lakers
Spectrum SportsNet
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Memphis Grizzlies
Bally Sports Southeast
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Miami Heat
Bally Sports Sun
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Milwaukee Bucks
Bally Sports Wisconsin
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Minnesota Timberwolves
Bally Sports North
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
New Orleans Pelicans
Bally Sports New Orleans
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
New York Knicks
MSG
≥ $89.99 - - - -
Oklahoma City Thunder
Bally Sports Oklahoma
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Orlando Magic
Bally Sports Florida
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Philadelphia 76ers
NBC Sports Philadelphia
- - -
Phoenix Suns
Bally Sports Arizona
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Portland Trail Blazers
Root Sports Northwest
≥ $89.99 - - - -
Sacramento Kings
NBC Sports California
≥ $89.99 - -
San Antonio Spurs
Bally Sports Southwest
≥ $89.99 - - - - -
Utah Jazz
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
≥ $89.99 - - - -
Washington Wizards
NBC Sports Washington
≥ $89.99 - -
Toronto Raptors
ESPN
-
DTV STREAMfuboTVHuluPhiloSling TVYouTube
Free TrialFree TrialSign UpFree Trial50% OFFSign Up
$69.99$69.99$69.99$25$40$40$64.99
NBA TV≥ $89.99^
$11
--^
$11
^
$11
ESPN--
TNT--

All Live TV Streaming Services

Price: $40
Includes: ESPN and TNT + 14 Top Cable Channels

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

Price: $89.99
Includes: NBA TV, ESPN, and TNT + 33 Top Cable Channels

Price: $64.99
Includes: NBA TV, ESPN, and TNT + 30 Top Cable Channels

Price: $69.99
Includes: ESPN + 26 Top Cable Channels

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

Price: $69.99
Includes: ESPN and TNT + 31 Top Cable Channels

2021-22 NBA Season Preview

NBA 2021-22 Preseason TV Schedule

TBD

DIRECTV STREAM Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $50 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for DIRECTV STREAM.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Sling TV Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $25 Uber Eats Gift Card when you sign up for Sling TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Hulu Live TV Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $35 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for Hulu Live TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.