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The NBA 2021-22 season is well underway, and it’s already been stock-full of some surprising early results which may or may not be sustainable over the course of the rest of the 82-game schedule.
The teams at the top of the Eastern Conference standings might be the most surprising, with last year’s four conference semifinalists (Bucks, Heat, Raptors and Celtics) off to a slow start. Instead, three of the teams that didn’t make it to the playoffs last season are ahead, including the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards who were dispatched in the opening round.
Now, eyes are on a slate of anticipated games this including, including the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers.
If you don’t have cable, there are still plenty of ways to stream the games online. TNT, who will broadcast the regular season this year, is accessible on streamers such as Fubo TV, Sling TV and Hulu Plus. Here are the best way to stream the NBA this year, so you don’t miss any of the action.
Tuesday, Nov. 2 (PT/ET)
- Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
- Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz 6 p.m. / 9 p.m.
- New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns 7 p.m. / 10 p.m.
- Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers 7:30 p.m. / 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 3 (PT/ET)
- Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Portland Trail Blazers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
- Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.
- Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.
- Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs 5:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.
- Charlotte Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors. 7 p.m. / 10 p.m.
- New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings. 7 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 4 (PT/ET)
- Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons. 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat. 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
- Utah Jazz vs. Atlanta Hawks. 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
- Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns. 7 p.m. / 10 p.m.
- Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers. 7:30 p.m. / 10:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5 (PT/ET)
- San Antonio Spurs vs. Orlando Magic. 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons. 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Memphis Grizzlies vs. Washington Wizards. 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors. 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
- New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks. 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
- Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves. 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.
- New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors. 7 p.m. / 10 p.m.
- Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings. 7 p.m. / 10 p.m.
- Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers. 7 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6 (PT/ET)
- Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets. 2 p.m. / 5 p.m.
- Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat. 4:30 p.m . / 7:30 p.m.
- Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls. 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.
- Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks. 5:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.
- Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns. 7 p.m. / 10 p.m.
- Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers. 7:30 p.m. / 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7 (PT/ET)
- Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors. 12:30 p.m. / 3:30 p.m .
- Indiana Pacers vs. Sacramento Kings. 3 p.m. / 6 p.m.
- Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards. 3 p.m / 6 p.m.
- Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic. 3 p.m. / 6 p.m.
- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks. 3 p.m. / 6 p.m.
- San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder. 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
- Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors. 5:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.
Sling TV is the most affordable way to stream TNT for the regular season. While a regular subscription normally costs $35 a month, you can snag this special promo offer for $10 a month, or 35 cents a day. Plus, the live-streaming app service caters towards NBA fans with its Orange package, which offers access to TNT’s NBA studio and ESPN in addition to 30 more channels. For an extra $11 a month, subscribers can add NBA TV to the lineup through the Sports Extra tier, where NBA League Pass can also be purchased as an add-on.
Although FuboTV doesn’t offer TNT, the sports-focused streamer does offer NBA TV for an extra $8 a month, in addition to ESPN and NBC for those looking for access to other games, too. This is best for big-time sports fanatics, who might be interested in catching a few games, but are more tied to the additional 100 channels that come with a subscription.
This is the way to go if you aren’t be able to catch the live games. Each game will be made available for viewing within a few hours after each game is finished. But the kicker is that, unlike regular DVR provided by other streamers, NBA League Pass allows users to download the games to watch offline, and includes comprehensive access to full-length replays and condensed recaps.
In addition to offering live coverage of the games, NBA TV also offers around-the-clock analysis of what’s happening on-screen in real time. While other streamers may offer more live coverage, its $20 price tag pays off for viewers looking to return to the classics: the subscription service offers access to every single NBA Finals matchup from the last 20 years.
Youtube TV could be the best deal right now, considering that the first three months are currently discounted for a limited time. Its most basic package includes 8 live-TV channels, including ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. Plus, NBA League Pass is also available as an add-on.
Those looking to watch all local games will have the best luck with DirecTV, formerly AT&T. With a basic entertainment package from AT&T, you’ll have access to TNT to catch all the most important games. For $15 more dollars, you’ll get NBA TV for extra analysis of the games and players, in addition to their archive of every single Finals matchup game over the last 20 years.
If you aren’t interested in NBA TV, Hulu is a cheaper option for access to TNT. And for existing Hulu subscribers, the shift to Plus entails a coveted shift to no commercials and increased access to their extensive library.