How to stream NBA games live without cable for the 2021-22 season – and what’s new for NBA fans streaming – The Streamable


The NBA season starts this week and you may be wondering: how do I broadcast my favorite team’s games? While for NBA teams it has become a bit more difficult, some have more options than ever before.

We’ll explain how you can watch your favorite team on your local RSN, nationally televised games, and off-market games during the 2021-22 NBA season.

Our choices


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

NBA League Pass

  • Over 1,000 off-market games
  • Add NBA TV for $ 30
  • Also available on DIRECTV STREAM ($ 39.99 / month)

The availability of RSNs varies by postal code and plan.

What’s new for the 2021-2022 NBA season?

Local broadcasts on RSNs

For those who want to stream games to their local market, you will still need a live TV streaming service. Which service you should choose really depends on the team you are following.

After YouTube TV, Hulu, Sling TV and fuboTV each ditched the RSN Bally Sports and YES Network, for most teams your only option to get these channels is DIRECTV STREAM CHOICE ™ ($ 84.99 / mo + tax) for stream most NBA games, where available.

DIRECTV STREAM also broadcasts MSG, Spectrum SportsNet, Altitude, ROOT Sports Northwest, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, and AT&T SportsNet Southwest. It’s the only service that will get you those RSNs, along with nationwide game shows on TNT and ESPN. You will also get NBA TV.

You can visit to see which RSNs are available in your area.

For teams present on RSNs owned by NBC Sports like Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, you have several 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 cheapest option is fuboTV (64, $ 99), which is available with a 7-day free trial. While you have nationwide game shows on ESPN, they don’t broadcast TNT.

Cheapest option for each team

  • DIRECTV STREAM ($ 84.99 / mo + tax) is the only live TV streaming service that offers RSNs from Bally Sports, Spectrum SportsNet (Lakers), YES Network (Nets), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah) Jazz) and Altitude (Nuggets)
  • fuboTV is the cheapest option for MSG (Knicks), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Rockets), ROOT Sports Northwest (Trail Blazers), ROOT Sports Northwest (Trail Blazers), which are also available on DIRECTV STREAM
  • NBC Sports’ RSNs are broadcast by almost all over the air live TV broadcast services like fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV

RSNs are not available in all regions and may vary by postal code and plan.

RSNs are not available in all regions and may vary by postal code and plan.

National broadcasts

NBA TV will broadcast over 100 games during the regular season, while ESPN will broadcast 80 games and TNT over 60, including a double opening night schedule.

While some games on TNT and ESPN will be available nationwide, when your local RSN is also broadcasting the game, national broadcasting will generally be discontinued in your local market. Games on NBA TV will still be blocked in your local market.

Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, and YouTube TV each broadcast 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 ($ 11) supplement. 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 lacks NBA TV, while YouTube TV has all three. fuboTV has ESPN and includes NBA TV in its Sports Plus add-on ($ 11), which also includes NHL Network, MLB Network, and NFL RedZone.

Off-Market TV Shows

If you live far from your favorite team, you can still watch almost any game. The NBA offers its package off-market, NBA League Pass, for $ 200 to watch each team, NBA Team Pass for $ 120 for a single team, or $ 6.99 for a single game.

Fans can upgrade to NBA League Pass Premium ($ 250) which replaces ads with an 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 combine it with your League Pass subscription (half the price of last season). Otherwise, unfortunately, all games on NBA TV, in addition to TNT, ESPN, ABC and local TV shows will be blocked. You will need a live TV streaming service for this.

You can still subscribe to the NBA League Pass through other providers. It’s available through Amazon Prime Video Channels, DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

NBA 2021-22 season preview


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