Live stream NBA games on NBA League Pass without blackouts

Updated: April 10, 2024

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How to watch NBA League Pass with a VPN

Yes, you can use NBA League Pass with a VPN and 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, Miami, 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?

Some users watch NBA games by connecting to a VPN server in a country other than their own, but doing so may violate copyright or the streaming service’s terms of use. ExpressVPN is a privacy and security tool, and using it to circumvent copyright is against our Terms of Service. We cannot see or control what you do while connected to our VPN, so you are responsible for ensuring that your use complies with all relevant terms and laws.

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 2024

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for NBA League Pass and safely streaming NBA games in 2024. With next-gen 10-Gbps servers in locations around the world, you can enjoy the full privacy protections of a VPN without ever missing a second of the action. ExpressVPN has easy-to-use apps for WindowsMacAndroid, and iOS, not to mention a range of ways to stream on your big-screen TV. 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 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.

How to watch NBA League Pass on Apple TV

Basketball fans using NBA League Pass can catch the action all season long on an Apple TV. Just make sure to follow the steps on our support center.

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 can see if they’re worth it.

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.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.


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 January 2024. 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 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+170
Denver Nuggets+360
Milwaukee Bucks+800
Los Angeles Clippers+850
Oklahoma City Thunder+1400
Phoenix Suns+2000
Dallas Mavericks+2400
Philadelphia 76ers+2500
Minnesota Timberwolves+2700
Los Angeles Lakers+3200
Cleveland Cavaliers+3700
Miami Heat+4300
Golden State Warriors+5000
New York Knicks+6000
New Orleans Pelicans+8000

NBA In-Season Tournament

The 2023-24 NBA season featured the inaugural in-season tournament, which officially began Friday, November 3. Congratulations to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on winning the NBA Cup!

The tournament was played in a group stage format, with the teams divided into six groups of five. Each team played four games in the group stage, with the top three teams from each group advancing to the knockout stage.

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosted 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 received 500,000 USD, while the runner-ups earned 200,000 USD per player. The semifinal losers earned 100,000 USD per player, and those who fall in the quarterfinals collected 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 April 8.

GameDate and timeTV
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston CelticsTuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTTNT, TruTV
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State WarriorsTuesday, April 9, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. BSTTNT, TruTV
Miami Heat vs. Dallas MavericksWednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTESPN, ESPN 2
Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota TimberwolvesWednesday, April 10, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. BSTESPN
Boston Celtics vs. New York KnicksThursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTTNT, TruTV
Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans PelicansThursday, April 11, 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. BSTTNT, TruTV
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee BucksFriday, April 12, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTNBA TV
Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix SunsFriday, April 12, 10:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 a.m. BSTNBA 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 SemifinalsESPN, TNTDecember 7, 2023
NBA In-Season Tournament FinalsABCDecember 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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  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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