Live stream NBA games on NBA League Pass without blackouts

Updated: November 27, 2023

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Welcome back to the hardwood for the 2023-24 NBA season! Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets take the court vying to earn the Larry O’Brien Trophy once again. However, the Nuggets should expect steep competition from Jayson Tatum’s Boston Celtics, Giannis Antetokounmpos Milwaukee Bucks, and Stephen Curry‘s Golden State Warriors, all of whom have reached the Finals in recent years. Of course, one can never truly rule out Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and the Los Angeles Lakers, who seek their record 18th title.

Of course, Victor Wembenyama enters the NBA as one an instant Rookie of the Year contender and will ensure plenty of eyeballs on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference, while plenty of attention will be on the Phoenix Suns’ pairing of Devin Booker and Kevin Durant, too. Speaking of dynamic duos, will Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving be able to elevate the Dallas Mavericks to the playoffs this year? Durant and Irving’s former team, the Brooklyn Nets, will also be looking to return to the playoffs (and relevancy) off the grit and grind of stars like Mikal Bridges and Spencer Dinwiddie.

Whether you’re looking to find the best way to watch the NBA using NBA League Pass, or test cord-cutting services that include NBA action, ExpressVPN has you covered on how to safely and securely stream the entire 2023-24 NBA season. 

Start dateOctober 24, 2023
LocationUnited States, Canada
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV

How to watch NBA League Pass with a VPN

You can stream the NBA in just a few simple steps:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location that matches the broadcaster you want to watch. For example, U.S. fans can connect to a server in the United States like Los Angeles, Seattle, or Denver to stream the coverage on NBA League Pass or YouTube TV.
  3. Clear browsing data and cookies.
  4. Open your NBA League Pass or choose your preferred streaming platform to watch the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, be sure to use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Can I use a VPN to watch NBA games from another country?

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Why do you need a VPN to watch NBA games online?

If you plan on watching NBA games this season, you’ll want to do so with ExpressVPN protecting you along the way. Not only does ExpressVPN offer servers in 105 countries across the globe, all of which are optimized for speed and security, but you can stream every game, from Opening Night through the NBA Finals, on computers, smartphones, and even smart TVs and gaming consoles. You can have up to eight simultaneous connections, allowing you to watch your favorite players—and track your fantasy team along the way—in blazing-fast HD.

Best VPN for watching NBA games in 2023

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for safely and securely streaming the entire 2023-24 NBA season. Our high-speed servers allow you to enjoy every second regardless of your device. ExpressVPN offers easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, as well as platforms that other VPN companies may not support, like Linux, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and routers, plus browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!

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How to stream the NBA with League Pass

If you want to check out the biggest showcase games the NBA has to offer, there isn’t a better option than NBA League Pass. You can enjoy games without blackouts by using the international version of the service and it comes with a seven-day free trial.

NBA League Pass

Price: Varies

Want to enjoy NBA games with the privacy and security of a VPN? NBA League Pass is your best option, though please note that the League Pass price varies depending on your country. For example, basketball fans in India need to pay roughly 2000 INR (24 USD) for the entire season. U.S. basketball fans can purchase League Pass Premium for 150 USD for the entire season; other packages are available, including one for those who only want to watch a specific team. Check out the NBA’s official website for a complete list of which countries offer League Pass. 

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—in other words, most of the playoffs—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.)

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.

Why is my VPN not working with NBA League Pass?

ExpressVPN’s advanced server network is optimized for compatibility with NBA League Pass, and most users can stream without any issues. But if you should ever encounter a problem, our dedicated Support Team is available via live chat 24/7 to help you overcome any obstacles in trying to watch your favorite basketball team. All ExpressVPN plans are covered by a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Should I use a free VPN to watch NBA League Pass?

Rather than use a free VPN to watch NBA games, basketball fans should instead use ExpressVPN all season long. ExpressVPN offers high-speed servers in 105 countries and easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Additionally, ExpressVPN is available on platforms that other VPN companies may not support, like Linux, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and routers, plus browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!

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’s actually 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 the NBA using services with free trials

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

YouTube TV

Price: 73 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, TNT

Country: U.S.

YouTube TV offers Americans a variety of channels that carry NBA games, and the subscription costs 73 USD/month. You may need to submit a U.S. ZIP code (e.g., 10022, 48104, etc.), but it accepts a wide array of payment options. If you don’t feel like committing to YouTube TV, use the free trial.

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.

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Price: 75 USD/month (base package; price increases to watch additional NBA games)

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NBA TV (Sports Plus add-on)

Country: U.S.

Although Fubo offers a seven-day free trial, it does not have Turner channels (including TBS and TNT) as of September 2023. However, fans from the United States can watch NBA games airing on Turner stations through Fubo if you purchase Max and the Bleacher Report Sports Add-On tier for Max, each of which cost 10 USD/month.

Note: You will need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe. The billing address used may determine which local channels are available, and you may be unable to change your location.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

DirecTV Stream

Price: 65 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NBA TV (Choice plan and up), TBS, TNT

Country: U.S.

DirecTV Stream is often on the pricier side, especially if you want NBA TV, but it’s a great option for U.S. fans to stream basketball games if you prefer a cord-cutting service over an additional streaming app. DirecTV’s lowest package starts at 65 USD/month (before jumping to its normal price of 75 USD/month after three months), and the service offers a 5-day free trial.

Other ways to stream NBA games


Price: 11 USD/month

Country: U.S.

ESPN+ will often simulcast NBA games airing on ABC and ESPN throughout the 2023-24 season. Please note that a valid TV subscription, either to a traditional cable company or a cord-cutting service like YouTube TV, is typically required to stream NBA broadcasts on ESPN+.

Hulu+Live TV

Price: 70 USD/month

Channels: ABC, ESPN, TBS, TNT

Country: U.S.

Hulu does not offer a free trial, but it does have a live TV package for American fans that includes all the main channels for secure NBA streams as well as many regional sports networks. Free trials are not available.

Sling TV

Price: Varies

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NBA TV (Sports Extra) TBS, TNT

Country: U.S.

Sling TV provides U.S. viewers with access to most channels airing NBA games, and ABC is also available in select markets. Please note that Sling no longer offers a free trial.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Live stream NBA preseason games in Canada


Price: 20 CAD/month

Country: Canada

TSN will air Toronto Raptors games throughout the 2023-24 season, as well as other special events, including the NBA Playoffs, NBA Draft, and NBA Summer League. While it doesn’t offer a free trial, TSN+ does allow Canadian users to purchase a one-day pass for less than 11 CAD (which is handy if you only want to watch a specific game or the final).


Price: 15 USD/month

Country: Canada

Sportsnet offers select Toronto Raptors games during the 2023-24 season, as well as other special events, including the NBA Playoffs, NBA Draft, and NBA Summer League. Canadian viewers can subscribe to Sportsnet for 15 USD/month or 150 USD/year. Please note Sportsnet does not offer a free trial.

2024 NBA Finals odds

Will Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets repeat as champions? Here are the initial 2024 NBA Finals odds according to the FanDuel Sportsbook.

Boston Celtics+370
Denver Nuggets+440
Milwaukee Bucks+440
Phoenix Suns+650
Philadelphia 76ers+1500
Golden State Warriors+1700
Dallas Mavericks+2100
Los Angeles Lakers+2100
Los Angeles Clippers+2400
Cleveland Cavaliers+2600
Minnesota Timberwolves+3000
Sacramento Kings+3600
Miami Heat+3900
New York Knicks+4600
New Orleans Pelicans+5500
Oklahoma City Thunder+5500

2023 NBA In-Season Tournament

The 2023-24 NBA season features the inaugural in-season tournament, which officially begins Friday, November 3. The tournament will be played in a group stage format, with the teams divided into six groups of five. Each team will play four games in the group stage, with the top three teams from each group advancing to the knockout stage.

Each group’s winner, along with one wild card from each conference, will advance to the quarterfinals. For example, suppose the Boston Celtics earn the Eastern Conference’s top seed, and the Miami Heat secure the Wild Card. The Celtics would host the Heat, while the No. 2 seed will play the No. 3 seed at home. Baseball fans will be familiar with this system, as the MLB playoffs used a similar format from 1995-2011. 

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host the semifinals (December 7) and Finals (December 9). The quarterfinal and semifinal games count as regular season games, as do the statistics. However, statistics from the final will not be counted in the final regular-season numbers. Players will receive prize money if their team reaches the quarterfinals or better. All players on the winning team will receive 500,000 USD, while the runner-ups will earn 200,000 USD per player. The semifinal losers will earn 100,000 USD per player, and those who fall in the quarterfinals will collect a cool 50,000 USD.

NBA Games of the Week

The 2023-24 NBA season is here, and ExpressVPN has you covered with the best games of the week to stream. You can find the daily schedule here, and remember, you can stream every game with NBA League Pass International.

Here is the NBA’s national TV schedule for the week of November 27.

GameDate and timeTV
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles LakersMonday, November 27, 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. GMTNBA TV
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver NuggetsMonday, November 27, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMTNBA TV
Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks (In-Season Tournament, East Group B)Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. GMTTNT
Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings (In-Season Tournament, West Group C)Tuesday, November 28, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMTTNT
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles ClippersWednesday, November 29, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMTNBA TV
Miami Heat vs. Indiana PacersThursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. GMTNBA TV
Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento KingsThursday, November 30, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMTNBA TV
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ersFriday, December 1, 7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. GMTESPN, ESPN+
Phoenix Suns vs. Denver NuggetsFriday, December 1, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMTESPN, ESPN+
Sacramento Kings vs. Denver NuggetsSaturday, December 2, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMTNBA TV

Key dates for the 2023-2024 NBA season

EventTV NetworkDates
Opening NightTNTOctober 24, 2023
NBA In-Season Tournament beginsESPNNovember 3, 2023
NBA Global Games (Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks in Mexico City)NBA TVNovember 9, 2023
NBA In-Season Tournament SemifinalsTBDDecember 7, 2023
NBA In-Season Tournament FinalsTBDDecember 9, 2023
Christmas DayABC, ESPN, ESPN+December 25, 2023
NBA Global Games (Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets in Paris)NBA TVJanuary 11, 2024
Martin Luther King Jr. DayTNT, NBA TVJanuary 15, 2024
NBA Rivals WeekTNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TVJanuary 23-27, 2024
NBA All-Star 2024TNTFebruary 16-18, 2024
NBA PlayoffsTNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV, ESPN+April 20-June 2024

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