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How to Stream Live NBA Games Without Cable For 2021-22 Season – And What’s New for NBA Fans in Streaming

Jason Gurwin

The NBA season is tipping off this week and you might be wondering – how can I stream my favorite team’s games? While for NBA teams it has gotten a bit more difficult, some there are more options than ever.

We will break down how you can watch your favorite team on your local RSN, nationally televised games, and out-of-market games during the 2021-22 NBA season.

Our Picks

DIRECTV STREAM℠

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

NBA League Pass

  • 1,000+ Out-of-Market Games
  • Add NBA TV For $30
  • Also Available on DIRECTV STREAM ($39.99/month)

Availability of RSNs varies by ZIP code and package.

What’s New for the 2021-2022 NBA Season?

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 and YES Network, for most teams your only option to get these channels is DIRECTV STREAM CHOICE™ ($84.99/mo. + tax) to stream most NBA games, where available.

DIRECTV STREAM also carries MSG, Spectrum SportsNet, Altitude, ROOT Sports Northwest, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain and AT&T SportsNet Southwest. It is the only service that will get you those RSNs, along with nationally televised games on TNT and ESPN. You will also get NBA TV.

You can visit directv.com/stream/ to see what RSNs are available in your area.

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), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston Rockets), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah Jazz), and ROOT Sports Northwest (Portland Trail Blazers) your least expensive option is fuboTV ($64.99), which is available with a 7-Day Free Trial. While you will get nationally televised games on ESPN, they don’t carry TNT.

Least Expensive Option For Each Team

RSNs are not available in all areas and may vary by ZIP code and package.

DIRECTV STREAM fuboTV Hulu Sling TV YouTube
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Get $25 OFF Sign Up
$69.99 $64.99 $64.99 $35 $35 $64.99
Atlanta Hawks
Fox Sports Southeast
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Boston Celtics
NBC Sports Boston
$84.99/mo.+tax - -
Brooklyn Nets
YES Network
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Charlotte Hornets
Bally Sports Southeast
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Chicago Bulls
NBC Sports Chicago
$84.99/mo.+tax - -
Cleveland Cavaliers
Bally Sports Ohio
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Dallas Mavericks
Fox Sports Southwest
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Denver Nuggets
Altitude
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Detroit Pistons
Bally Sports Detroit
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Golden State Warriors
NBC Sports Bay Area
$84.99/mo.+tax - -
Houston Rockets
AT&T SportsNet Southwest
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - -
Indiana Pacers
Bally Sports Indiana
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
LA Clippers
Fox Sports Prime Ticket
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Los Angeles Lakers
Spectrum SportsNet
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Memphis Grizzlies
Bally Sports Southeast
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Miami Heat
Bally Sports Sun
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Milwaukee Bucks
Fox Sports Wisconsin
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Minnesota Timberwolves
Fox Sports North
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
New Orleans Pelicans
Bally Sports New Orleans
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
New York Knicks
MSG
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - -
Oklahoma City Thunder
Bally Sports Oklahoma
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Orlando Magic
Bally Sports Florida
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Philadelphia 76ers
NBC Sports Philadelphia
- - -
Phoenix Suns
Bally Sports Arizona
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Portland Trail Blazers
Root Sports Northwest
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - -
Sacramento Kings
NBC Sports California
$84.99/mo.+tax - -
San Antonio Spurs
Fox Sports Southwest
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - - -
Utah Jazz
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
$84.99/mo.+tax - - - -
Washington Wizards
NBC Sports Washington
$84.99/mo.+tax - -

RSNs are not available in all areas and may vary by ZIP code and package.

National Telecasts

NBA TV will carry over 100 games during the regular season, while ESPN will carry 80 matchups, and TNT over 60, including an opener night doubleheader.

While some games on TNT and ESPN will be available nationally, when your local RSN is also airing the game, the national telecast will usually be blacked out in your local market. Games on NBA TV will always be blacked out in your local market.

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.

DIRECTV STREAM fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Get $25 OFF Sign Up
$69.99 $64.99 $64.99 $25 $35 $35 $64.99
ESPN - -
ESPN2 - -
NBA TV $84.99/mo.+tax ^ $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, DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

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