How to stream basketball live with a VPN

Published: Oct 19, 2018

How to watch live basketball games?

The regular season is here and all eyes are on the top players in the league. With LeBron James leading the Lakers, and many league insiders are picking a James-powered LA to contend for the Finals.

Standing in LA’s way are the Houston Rockets of defending MVP James Harden and the all-conquering Golden State Warriors, led by two-time MVP Stephen Curry. Which of these teams will have a season to remember?

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Best ways to stream basketball live

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Watch basketball live streams on Eleven Sports

Price: 3.20 USD/month

Eleven Sports is one of the newest and cheapest broadcasters. To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN on your devices
  2. Connect to a Taiwan ExpressVPN server
  3. Visit https://www.elevensports.tw/ and sign up for an account
  4. Enjoy the games!

Stream NBA League Pass without blackouts

Price: Subscription prices vary according to location. Please contact the Support Team by live chat for further guidance.

Looking to watch every regular season game, the All-Star Weekend, Playoffs, and Finals? NBA League Pass is your best option.

You can access the League Pass around the world, although the U.S. and Canadian versions are limited by blackouts. Users who sign up for the League Pass from a non-U.S., non-Canadian server location will have live-streaming access to every game, everywhere.

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a location where all games are available
  3. Go to http://www.nba.com/leaguepass and sign up
  4. Enjoy the games!

Watch live basketball streams on YouTube TV

Price: $40/month

YouTube TV recently inked a deal to carry the League Pass, which you can access during YouTube TV’s 7-day free trial.

However, the service carries the U.S. version of the League Pass, so regional blackouts will apply.

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. location where your desired game is available
  3. Head to YouTube TV and sign up
  4. Enjoy the games!

Stream live basketball on Sling TV

Price: $25/month

Sling TV Blue includes ESPN and TNT, which are the core channels for watching live basketball games. Regional blackouts apply.

Not sure if you want to commit to Sling? Use the 7-day free trial! To get started:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. VPN server
  3. Head to Sling and select a package, or use the free trial
  4. Tune in to the action!

Watch basketball live on Hulu

Price: $40/month

Hulu’s live TV package includes ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, and TNT. There’s a 7-day free trial available. Regional blackouts apply.

To watch:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. server location
  3. Visit Hulu and create an account
  4. Enjoy the games!

Stream games on PlayStation Vue

Price: $45/month

PlayStation Vue offers a variety of streaming bundles, with the core $45 plan giving you access to ESPN, ESPN2, and TNT. Select plans have a 7-day free trial. Regional blackouts apply.

Wondering how to get pristine, HD streams? Learn how to watch PlayStation Vue with ExpressVPN.

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to an ExpressVPN server in the U.S.
  3. See all PlayStation Vue bundles and select a plan
  4. Enjoy the games!

Watch live basketball games with DirecTV

Price: $40/month

Looking for another way to watch live basketball? DirecTV offers a 7-day free trial. Regional blackouts apply.

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to an ExpressVPN server in the U.S.
  3. Visit DirecTV and create an account
  4. Enjoy the games!

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

Basketball blackouts: International League Pass vs. U.S. League Pass

What’s the difference between watching League Pass in Germany, Australia, Canada, or the U.S.? The 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.

The international League Pass also offers live games for all teams but without blackouts. If you only want to watch the games for a single team, select the “Team Choice” option to save some money!

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