Networks & Services Streaming NBA Games This Year

The NBA is a rising star of a sports league. Viewership numbers are growing year over year while the all-important superstars shine brighter than ever. The NBA is only broadcast on a handful of channels including ESPN, ABC and TNT. Here are several different strategies for watching NBA games online or streaming on official channels’ apps.

Streaming
Service
# of NBA Games Monthly Cost Free Trial HD Stream Cable Required iOS App Android App
sling_television-300x150 ALL NBA Games Live! Starting @ $20 Watch 7 Days Free Yes No Yes Yes
ESPN-Streaming-NFL-300x74 ESPN 1 & 2
Various Featured Games
No Standalone App Option Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes Yes Yes
DTV-Now-300x127 ALL NBA Games Live! Starting @ $35 Watch 7 Days Free Yes No Yes Yes
abc-streaming-nba Various Featured Games Free,
Restricted
Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes Antenna Yes Yes
TNT-Logo-1 Various Featured Games No Standalone App Option Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBA-TV-Logo Various Featured Games No Standalone App Option Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes No No

Find NBA Games Streaming Online by Team

Streaming logistics can vary from team to team in the NBA so check out the specific guide to your team:

 

ATLANTIC CENTRAL SOUTHEAST
Toronto Raptors
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 76ers
New York Knicks
Cleveland Cavaliers
Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks
Indiana Pacers
Detroit Pistons
Atlanta Hawks
Washington Wizards
Miami Heat
Charlotte Hornets
Orlando Magic
PACIFIC SOUTHWEST NORTHWEST
Portland Trail Blazers
Oklahoma Thunder
Utah Jazz
Denver Nuggets
Minnesota Timberwolves
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies
Dallas Mavericks
New Orleans Pelicans

 

Use a Cable Alternative to Watch NBA Games Online

Because none of the channels broadcasting NBA games have standalone apps available the easiest way to stream a game is to subscribe to a service like Sling or DIRECTV NOW. Both are fairly cheap and their smallest packages will get you streaming access to almost every NBA Game. Their packages change from time to time and each year the NBA renegotiates which stations will broadcast various games but for now, trying one of these services for free is a great way to make sure it will work for your favorite team.

Sling starts at just $20 per month while DIRECTV NOW’s smallest package is $35. Give one of them a try today:

Sling (7 Days Free) DIRECTV NOW (7 Days Free)
 Try Sling TV Try DIRECTV NOW

 

Network Streaming Apps that Stream NBA Games

ESPN, TNT and ABC all have apps that sometimes stream  NBA games. For the cable networks you’ll need a login from your provider to access streaming NBA games. For ABC you’ll likely be plagued with blackouts depending on where you’re trying to watch from. These solutions work well if you have a cable provider already like Comcast which basically gives you access to all of your cable channels online via their Xfinity app.

NBA TV is an official channel of the NBA that streams several games a year but you’ll need a cable subscription to stream that channel as well.

Other, Less-than-Legal NBA Live Streams

We don’t recommend using Reddit or other backdoor channels to stream NBA games online. Support the teams and players you love by subscribing to one of the above services.