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
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$50–$70 $55–$60 $45 $20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $50
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) $70 - ≥ $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
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$50–$70 $55–$60 $45 $20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $50
Atlanta Hawks
- - - - - - - -
Boston Celtics
TNT
-
Brooklyn Nets
TNT
-
Charlotte Hornets
- - - - - - - -
Chicago Bulls
- - - - - - - -
Cleveland Cavaliers
- - - - - - - -
Dallas Mavericks
- - - - - - - -
Denver Nuggets
Altitude
- - - - - - - -
Detroit Pistons
Fox Sports Detroit
$70 - ≥ $50 -
Golden State Warriors
ESPN
- - -
Houston Rockets
TNT
-
Indiana Pacers
Fox Sports Indiana
- - ≥ $50 - -
LA Clippers
Fox Sports Prime Ticket
$70 - ≥ $50 -
Los Angeles Lakers
- - - - - - - -
Memphis Grizzlies
- - - - - - - -
Miami Heat
- - - - - - - -
Milwaukee Bucks
TNT
-
Minnesota Timberwolves
- - - - - - - -
New Orleans Pelicans
- - - - - - - -
New York Knicks
- - - - - - - -
Oklahoma City Thunder
Fox Sports Oklahoma
$70 - ≥ $50 - - -
Orlando Magic
Fox Sports Florida
$70 - ≥ $50 -
Philadelphia 76ers
TNT
-
Phoenix Suns
- - - - - - - -
Portland Trail Blazers
ESPN
- - -
Sacramento Kings
- - - - - - - -
San Antonio Spurs
Fox Sports Southwest
$70 - ≥ $50 -
Utah Jazz
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
- - - - - - - -
Washington Wizards
- - - - - - - -

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.

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$50–$70 $55–$60 $45 $20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $50
ABC - - - -
ESPN - - -
TNT -
NBA TV - - - ≥ $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.

2018-2019 NBA Live Streaming Schedule

2019 NBA Playoffs
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$50–$70 $55–$60 $45 $45–$80 $25 $25 $50

Game 2: Eastern Conference Finals

Milwaukee Bucks v. Toronto Raptors
Fri, May 17 at 8:30 PM
TNT

Game 3: Western Conf. Finals

Portland Trail Blazers v. Golden State Warriors
Sat, May 18 at 9:00 PM
ESPN - -

Game 3: Eastern Conference Finals

Toronto Raptors v. Milwaukee Bucks
Sun, May 19 at 7:00 PM
TNT

Game 4: Western Conf. Finals

Portland Trail Blazers v. Golden State Warriors
Mon, May 20 at 9:00 PM
ESPN - -

Game 4: Eastern Conference Finals

Toronto Raptors v. Milwaukee Bucks
Tue, May 21 at 8:30 PM
TNT

Game 5: Western Conf. Finals

Golden State Warriors v. Portland Trail Blazers
Wed, May 22 at 9:00 PM
ESPN - -

Game 5: Eastern Conference Finals

Milwaukee Bucks v. Toronto Raptors
Thu, May 23 at 8:30 PM
TNT

Game 6: Western Conf. Finals

Portland Trail Blazers v. Golden State Warriors
Fri, May 24 at 9:00 PM
ESPN - -

Game 6: Eastern Conference Finals

Toronto Raptors v. Milwaukee Bucks
Sat, May 25 at 8:30 PM
TNT

Game 7: Western Conf. Finals

Golden State Warriors v. Portland Trail Blazers
Sun, May 26 at 9:00 PM
ESPN - -

Game 7: Eastern Conference Finals

Milwaukee Bucks v. Toronto Raptors
Mon, May 27 at 8:30 PM
TNT

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