How To Watch NBA Online — Even Free Or Without Cable, 2018-19By Jeremy Evans / October 27, 2018 / Tags: Live Stream, NBA Basketball, Stream Sports
Here’s how to watch NBA online — even if you don’t have cable or want to live stream games for free.
Whether you have cable or not, you’ll probably want to live stream an NBA game sometime this season. But figuring out the options, and which ones are the best for you, can be confusing and time-consuming — and it’s almost tip-off time!
This article cuts through the clutter and condenses the choices. Even if you don’t have cable/satellite TV, or want to watch for free, there’s a good option available. Here you go.
Watch NBA Online Without Cable
If a game you want to stream requires login with a TV provider, but you don’t have one, there are a couple ways you can get access.
First, you can use fuboTV. FuboTV has expanded to cover all major sports, and live streams lots of NBA basketball games. You can get a 7-day free trial to watch tonight’s games for free. To see which games are streaming live on fuboTV tonight, go here.
NBA League Pass, the NBA’s official streaming service, is another great option. It will let you live stream games all around the league. But, in order to be able to watch every game live, you need to bypass the blackouts on NBA League Pass. Once you do this, you can live stream all the games — every single one — now through the championship, including local and nationally televised games.
With YouTube TV, you can live stream games on ESPN, ABC, and other channels — but it’s only available in a couple of cities. See how to get YouTube TV in any location.
For more of today’s best options to watch NBA games without cable/satellite see The Ultimate Guide To Stream Live Sports.
Live Stream NBA Basketball For Free
You can also watch NBA online for free — but stay away from those scummy, ad-clogged, virus-laden “free live sports!!!” sites. There’s a better way.
You can use Kodi to watch virtually every NBA game live online for free (plus lots of other sports). What is Kodi? Briefly, it’s a media player you can use to stream live sports and other content from the internet.
One note — whether Kodi is legal is an issue of debate. Yes, the networks and league frown upon watching their content for free. Hey, I’m not here to judge. But it is highly recommended you use a VPN with Kodi to stay private and secure.
To see what you can watch on Kodi, and how to get started, check out our beginner’s guide on how to use Kodi. If you already use it and need help finding the best sources to stream live sports on Kodi, see our list of the best Kodi add-ons. This includes some excellent options to stream live US sports, including NBA basketball.
Bypass NBA Blackouts
If a game you want to stream is blacked out in your area, there is a way to bypass the blackouts and get access to watch NBA online — any game, from anywhere.
See How To Bypass NBA Blackouts On NBA League Pass, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue. This works to watch games that are under a local/regional blackout, as well as national blackout games (those that are televised on national TV, like on ESPN, TNT, or NBA TV).
Watch NBA Live Streams From Anywhere
If you want to watch NBA online via a live stream or a streaming service that isn’t available in your area, you can bypass the geo-blockers and get access.
See How To Unblock Live Sports Streams Everywhere. Note that this does not bypass login requirements — only to get around location restrictions.
Live Stream NBA If You Have Cable
If you have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can use it to access NBA live streams on broadcasters’ websites, including ESPN, TBS, and ABC. This won’t get you all the games, but you’ll be able to watch the marquee matchups.
You may also be able to stream live games directly through your TV provider, depending on who you have, so their their streaming availability.
That should have you covered, no matter where or how you want to live stream NBA ball. Check out our sports streaming guide for more details on the various streaming services.