How to Watch NBA Online without Cable: Live Stream Guide

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The NBA is “Where Amazing Happens”. If you’re a fan of the sport, you know you can’t afford to miss a minute of the action, because in the blink of an eye, something truly amazing can happen. But with the cost of cable now at over $100 a month, many fans are wondering how they can watch NBA games online legally to save money. We have you covered. There are now many ways you can watch NBA without cable all season long. The best part? All of these streaming services are affordable and have no contract — just pay month to month like you do with Netflix.

Today, there are a few different services that you can use to stream live NBA games, which we’ll cover in detail below. Below is our complete guide to watch NBA online without cable, and at the end of this article, we also have links to all of our individual team guides so you can learn more about watching your local team all season long.

 

Watch the NBA Live Stream on DIRECTV NOW

Price: $35/month+ (free 7-day trial)

Key Channels Included: ESPN, ESPN2, ABC/ESPN3, TNT, NBA TV, regional FOX Sports, regional CSN

What’s Missing?: A few regional sports networks (e.g. Root Sports)

NBA Games You Can Stream: All national regular season games, local games in most markets, NBA Playoffs, NBA Finals

App Authentication: WatchESPN, FOX Sports Go, CSN

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

DIRECTV NOW is a live streaming service available from AT&T directed at attracting cord cutters. It offers a big bundle of popular pay TV channels, including ESPN, TNT, and regional Comcast SportsNet in some markets, all without the cost or restrictions of cable. This makes it a great way to watch NBA games online. It starts at just $35 per month – no contract – for the base package of over 60 networks.

DIRECTV NOW is an internet streaming service and does not require any hook up to cable or satellite. You can stream from most devices, and new devices are being added to the service as it expands.

To stream NBA games, DIRECTV NOW has ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, NBA TV, ABC in select markets, and live coverage of local games aired on regional FOX Sports and Comcast sports networks. Additionally, the service gives you access to the WatchESPN App, which provides additional coverage including ABC-hosted games (even if you don’t live in an area where ABC is offered). Plus you get tons of television networks for the price. To sum up, with DIRECTV NOW you can catch NBA streams of:

  • Every game on ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, and ABC, regardless of where you live
  • Every game aired on your local regional FOX Sports network and/or your Comcast SportsNet network
  • These regional networks are not offered everywhere. However, fans of the following teams who live near their teams will get the relevant local sports channel with DIRECTV NOW:
    • Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, and Washington Wizards
    • If your team is included on the list above, and you live in your team’s broadcasting area, you should get a regional sports network from DIRECTV NOW that will cover ALL of your teams games!
    • If your team is not listed, or you don’t live near your team, you will not get the regional network, but you will still be able to enjoy all nationally broadcast games on ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, and ABC.

DIRECTV NOW gives you the NBA stream on almost any device, from streaming devices to computers to smartphones and more. And as the Playoffs approach, DIRECTV NOW will also be the best way to watch NBA Playoffs online. For more info, check out our review of DIRECTV NOW.

Sign up now for a FREE 7-day Trial of DIRECTV NOW to get access to watch NBA online free for a week!

 

Stream NBA Games on Sling TV

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Price: $20/month+ (free 7-day trial)

Key Channels Included: ESPN, ESPN2, ABC/ESPN3, TNT, NBA TV, regional FOX Sports, regional CSN

What’s Missing?: A few regional sports networks (e.g. Root Sports)

NBA Games You Can Stream: All national regular season games, local games in most markets, NBA Playoffs, NBA Finals

App Authentication: WatchESPN, FOX Sports Go

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, AirTV, Android TV, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

Another option to watch NBA online without cable is Sling TV. Like its other streaming television counterparts, it offers several opportunities to watch your favorite basketball teams all season long.

Sling offers multiple options to stream NBA games online. You can stream live NBA games on ESPN, TNT and games aired on ABC through ESPN3. If you pick up the Sports Extra package for just $10 more a month, you also have NBA TV. The FOX and CSN regional sports channels are available in many select cities and also offer NBA streaming, giving most fans a way to watch their local team all season long.

All of this is just $20 per month with the Sling Orange base package. Except for the FOX Sports regional networks, which are on the $25 per month Sling Blue package. Check out which one is a better fit for you.

Sling TV works on the most popular players as well as your computer or smartphone at home or on the go. Here is our review of Sling TV for more information.

Start out with a FREE 7-Day Trial of Sling TV and watch NBA online today!

 

Watch NBA Online with PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue review

Price: $39.99/month+ (free 5-day trial)

Key Channels Included: ESPN, ESPN2, ABC/ESPN3, TNT, NBA TV, regional FOX Sports, regional CSN

What’s Missing?: A few regional sports networks (e.g. Root Sports)

NBA Games You Can Stream: All national regular season games, local games in most markets, NBA Playoffs, NBA Finals

App Authentication: WatchESPN, FOX Sports Go, Watch TNT

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, PS3/PS4, Android TV, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

Another good NBA streaming option is PlayStation Vue. This service, from Sony, can turn your gaming console into a cable replacement tool. Vue, like DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV, offers many of the networks in their base package that will allow you to stream NBA games live.

PlayStation Vue starts at $39.99 per month, so it is the most expensive one on this list. However, Vue does have a great channel lineup, and valuable features like a cloud DVR and up to 5 simultaneous streams. Key NBA live stream networks include ESPN, ESPN2, TNT and NBA TV.

It works with PS3/PS4, iOS and Android apps, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Chromecast. The NBA live stream will be in crisp HD, so long as you have a good internet connection. Here is our review of PlayStation Vue.

Vue also offers a FREE 7-day trial for new members!

 

Use FuboTV to Watch NBA Live Stream

FuboTV review

Price: $35/month+ (free 7-day trial)

Key Channels Included: NBA TV, Regional FOX Sports, Regional CSN

What’s Missing?: ESPN, ABC, TNT

NBA Games You Can Stream: National games on NBA TV, local team games in most markets

App Authentication: FOX Sports Go

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

FuboTV is a new online streaming service that focuses on providing live sports coverage for cord-cutters. It’s available for $35 per month, for 40+ channels, most of which are sporting channels. For NBA streaming, they key channels are NBA TV, and select regional sports networks (from both Comcast Sportsnet and FOX Sports). In fact, fuboTV currently has the most regional sports networks, making the a great way to watch NBA without cable if you care about following your local team.

If FuboTV offers your regional sports network, this can be a good option to stream live NBA games. However, it does not offer ESPN or TNT, two channels which are very important for the nationally broadcast games. So, it’s a decent option, but right now there are better methods out there for NBA streams. Read our FuboTV review for more info.

Click here to try FuboTV free for 7 days!

 

NBA Streaming Guides by Team

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

 

That’s our info on how to watch the NBA live stream without cable. If you want to know more, don’t be afraid to ask in the comments section below. And make sure to check out our complete guide on how to watch sports online for more information.

Laura LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie resides in a 120 square foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina. There she has a solid internet connection and access to some of the best craft beer in the country. Email her at lauralavoie@streamingobserver.com.
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