Stream NBA games online with a VPN

Updated: October 27, 2021

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Stream NBA games online with a VPN

Whether you’re looking to find the best way to watch on NBA League Pass, or test cord-cutting services that include NBA action, you can do it all with the help of a VPN.

On this page you can find information on how to watch the league you love, analyses and predictions for big games coming up, and which team looks like a good bet to win it all.

Stream NBA games using NBA League Pass

If you are a serious fan who wants access to every single game, or at least all of your team’s games, there isn’t a better option than NBA League Pass. You can enjoy the games without blackouts by using the international version of the service.

Use NBA League Pass to watch every game without blackouts

Want to catch all the NBA action throughout the year with the privacy and security of a VPN? NBA League Pass is your best option.

Price: 20 USD/season

To watch basketball on NBA League Pass:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a fast and secure server location. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Head to NBA League Pass and sign up.
  4. Enjoy the games!

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NBA game blackouts: International League Pass vs. U.S. League Pass

What’s the difference between watching NBA League Pass in Germany, Australia, Canada, or the U.S.? League Pass is available both inside and outside the States. However, there are key differences every fan needs to know.

The U.S. League Pass offers live games and full-game replays for all teams. However, blackouts apply. When a team is playing, that game will be “blacked out” on the U.S. League Pass for the team’s home market. Nationally broadcast games on ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV will also be blacked out. (All blacked out games are available three days after broadcast. If you purchased the 3-Game Choice package, nationally telecast games will be available for purchase three hours after they have aired. Locally telecast games will be available for purchase three days after they air.)

Want to tune in without having to worry about blackouts? The International League Pass also offers live games for all teams, but without a single blackout!

That’s because blackouts are put in place to protect local broadcasters’ viewership, while preserving users’ ability to watch out-of-market games. If you’re streaming from a country outside the United States or Canada, every game is effectively “out-of-market,” meaning that there are no blackouts to worry about. If you only want to watch the games for a single team, select the “Team Choice” option to save some money!

How to cancel NBA League Pass

If you feel like you’re not getting value out of your subscription, cancelling it is not an arduous process. There is a comprehensive guide on how to cancel. You should also be aware that the service auto renews monthly—if you’re on a monthly subscription—or prior to the season if you’ve purchased an annual subscription. You can opt out of auto renewals and you will be notified by email prior to getting auto renewed for a full season.

Stream NBA games using services with free trials

There are a number of services available that should cover your basketball needs. They can be slightly pricey, but offer free trials so you have ample opportunity to see if they’re worth it for you.

Watch live basketball games on YouTube TV

Price: 55 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, TNT, ESPN, Stadium, and NBA TV

YouTube TV provides secure access to all four channels that broadcast the 2019-2020 basketball regular season: ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV. A five-day free trial is available.

Note: You may need a valid U.S. credit/debit card or PayPal to subscribe to YouTube TV. You can still subscribe to YouTube TV via Google Play, even if you don’t have a U.S. credit/debit card.

Some locally televised games may not be available.

To watch basketball live on YouTube TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a secure server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Head to YouTube TV and use the free trial.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Stream NBA games on Hulu + Live TV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: ESPN, ABC, and TNT

Hulu’s live TV package includes three channels for secure NBA streams: ESPN, ABC, and TNT. You may need a U.S. credit card or PayPal account to subscribe. While some locally televised games may not be available, you can try the service with a seven-day free trial.

To stream the NBA on Hulu:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a secure server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Visit Hulu and use the free trial.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Learn more about connecting to Hulu with ExpressVPN.

Watch basketball games live on Sling TV Orange

Price: 10 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV (NBA TV is available via the “Sports Extra” add-on for an extra 10 USD/month)

Use ExpressVPN and Sling TV to watch two out of four channels for streaming basketball securely this season: TNT and ESPN. While some locally televised games may not be available, you can try the service with a three-day free trial.

To watch live NBA games on Sling TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a secure server location in the United States, such as Los Angeles. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to Sling TV and sign up, or get the Sling TV app on your device of choice.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Note: In order to get Sling TV’s free trial you must use the Sling TV app as opposed to signing up on the website

Learn more about how to watch Sling TV with ExpressVPN.

Watch NBA streams on fuboTV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: NBA TV and TNT

You can use fuboTV to securely watch two out of the four channels that carry the games: TNT and NBA TV. While some locally televised games may not be available, you can try the service with a seven-day free trial.

To watch the NBA on fuboTV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a secure server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to fuboTV and use a free trial.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Learn more about watching fuboTV with ExpressVPN.

Pro tip: Use the free trials for all of the channels above for over a month of free streams!

Watch basketball highlights and more on the NBA’s official YouTube channel

Check out the latest highlights, interviews, funny moments, and more on NBA’s official YouTube channel.

To watch highlights on YouTube:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Go to the NBA YouTube channel.
  4. You’re all set!

Top upcoming NBA games

In this space we’ll highlight a few games that NBA fans should be circling on their calendar each week. To enjoy these securely and without blackouts, just fire up your VPN!

Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat [October 27, 7:30 p.m. ET, Eastern Time (U.S)]

Despite the absence of Kyrie Irving, the Nets were expected to look better than they have thus far, and the hard-nose heat could compound their problems. The Heat have been solid in the early going, but they need to get marquee free agent signing Kyle Lowry going—and a date with the Nets’ poor defensive backcourt could be just what the doctor ordered.

Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks [October 29, 10:00 p.m. ET]

With the Los Angeles Lakers looking shaky, the Western Conference appears to be wide open—and these two teams could be beneficiaries. Even without Jamal Murray the Nuggets are explosive and creative on offense while the Mavericks have done a good job of complementing ball-dominant superstar Luka Dončić with solid shooters and defenders.

Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks [October 31, 7:00 p.m. ET]

After yet another playoff disappointment, the Jazz are getting harder and harder to believe in, despite the club’s depth and regular season success. The Bucks have been the most stable and impressive frontrunner, which means Utah could make a statement about 2021-22 being different for them with a win.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers [November 1, 7:00 p.m. ET]

Not only are these two playoff teams with star power and contrasting styles, this matchup will have extra spice as long as the Ben Simmons situation drags on. The 76ers are known to covet Damian Lillard, and while some kind of LillardSimmons swap isn’t looking too likely these days, a deal involving C.J. McCollum is a possibility. It’s all speculation for now, but it’s possible one of the Trail Blazers’ stars is playing against their future team in this one.

NBA Award predictions

MVPKevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

Not only is Durant probably the best player on the planet, the fact the Nets are missing Kyrie Irving should bolster his MVP case. If Irving and James Harden were consistently on the floor he might be dismissed as simply another super team star, but now he’ll have to bear down and drive a Nets team that is still strong, but no longer a juggernaut.

Defensive Player of the YearMatisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers

This pick requires a little projection because Thybulle hasn’t played enough to warrant award consideration in the past. However, when he’s on the floor his ability to lock down perimeter players is nothing short of incredible. If Ben Simmons winds up leaving Philadelphia, it could also increase Thybulle’s playing time.

Rookie of the YearJalen Green, Houston Rockets

Although first overall pick Cade Cunningham might be a better overall player than Green, the Rockets wing is the superior scorer. Considering his own athletic gifts, and the dearth of offensive threats in Houston, the 19-year-old could have massive usage numbers—and convert them into plenty of points.

Most Improved PlayerNickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans Pelicans

This award is always virtually impossible to predict considering it’s hard to know who’s going to take a major leap forward. For instance last year’s winner, Julius Randle, seemed to have already established his ceiling before breaking out as a go-to option. Alexander-Walker gets the nod because he should be stepping into a larger role with the Pelicans this season with Lonzo Ball and Eric Bledsoe departing, and his combination of length, speed, and strong shooting form gives him a massive ceiling.

Sixth Man of the YearKevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks

Huerter was used as a starter for most of last season, but with D’Andre Hunter healthy, he’s likely to come off the bench. The man known as ‘Red Mamba’ is a knockdown shooter with a surprisingly diverse offensive repertoire, who showed himself capable of taking over games for stretches during last year’s playoffs.

Coach of the YearBilly Donovan, Chicago Bulls

Winners of this award generally oversee teams that take a step forward, and the Bulls fit that bill this year. Although the additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan don’t guarantee that Chicago becomes an Eastern Conference powerhouse, there’s a chance the newfound talent on the roster coalesces into something special.

Who’s going to win the NBA title?

For most of the offseason the Brooklyn Nets were considered the prohibitive title favorites, but the club’s outlook has dimmed slightly due to the absence of Kyrie Irving. It would still be unwise to assume Brooklyn is out of the race, but the door is cracked open—particularly in the Eastern Conference, where the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks are bringing back essentially the same team from last year. The other contenders in the East—the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat—all have too many blemishes to project as true title threats, but in-season additions or surprising breakouts could change that.

In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers look like the top dogs, even though there are legitimate questions about what the addition of Russell Westbrook will do to their spacing. The Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets are interesting teams because neither looks like a contender now, but each has a star returning (Kawhi Leonard and Jamal Murray) that could change their fortunes. Other possible threats to the Lakers’ supremacy include the Luka Dončić-led Dallas Mavericks, last year’s top seed—the Utah Jazz—and the Phoenix Suns, who don’t seem likely to recapture the magic that sent them to the NBA Finals last year, but can’t be counted out.

Key Dates for the NBA Season

EventDate
Regular season beginsOctober 19, 2021
Regular season concludesApril 10, 2022
Play-In tournamentApril 12-15, 2022
Playoffs beginApril 16, 2022
NBA Finals beginsJune 2, 2022
Game 7 of the NBA Finals (if necessary)June 19, 2022
NBA DraftJune 23, 2022

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Comments

  1. btw your company should NEVER suggest NBA League Pass. They are the most f’d up website and organization ever. I did subscribe and still get billed monthly despite more than 20 requests to cancel. The site itself is entirely geared to selling you subscriptions. I was never able to watch even one Warrior’s game. Horrible customer service

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