Stream NBA games online with a VPN

Updated: November 24, 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: 65 USD/month and up

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

YouTube TV provides secure access to all four channels that broadcast the basketball regular season: ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV. A five-day free trial is available. 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. Boston Celtics [November 24, 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S)]

While the Nets are well ahead of the Celtics in Eastern Conference playoff seeding, the teams are so bunched together that Brooklyn actually has a pretty similar record to Boston. The Celtics are starting to get hot as Dennis Schröder and Al Horford provide strong production behind the club’s longtime one-two punch of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown—they’ll be a worthy test for Kevin Durant’s squad.

Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers [November 26, 10:00 p.m. ET]

Even though Portland is still finding its footing this season, they’re a safe bet to play an entertaining brand of basketball. Anytime the Warriors and Trail Blazers meet that means Steph Curry and Damian Lillard are going to share the court and throw up some preposterously long threes. That aspect alone makes this game special.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Phoenix Suns [November 27, 10:00 p.m. ET]

Phoenix is the hottest team in the NBA, and the Nets are the clear favorites in the East, making this a marquee matchup—and conceivable NBA Finals preview. Brooklyn will have a hard time finding an answer for the Suns’ backcourt combo of Devin Booker and Chris Paul—as well as their extremely deep bench—but Durant is unstoppable in his own right and James Harden seems to be heating up.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons [November 28, 9:30 p.m. ET]

This game is getting circled on the calendar for the drama alone. The Lakers are obviously the better team, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the wake of the LeBron JamesIsaiah Stewart altercation on Sunday that resulted in both players getting suspended. Both will be back in time for this one, which means it could get heated once again.

NBA Award races

MVPKevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

With Kyrie Irving out and James Harden struggling, Durant has become the engine of the Nets. Not only has the Slim Reaper been putting up strong point totals—on absurdly efficient shooting—but he’s also piled up boards and done more than his share of playmaking.

[Preseason prediction: Kevin Durant]

Defensive Player of the YearDraymond GreenGolden State Warriors

Although Green’s contributions don’t always find their way to the stat sheet, he is the driving force behind the Warriors’ outstanding defense. His combination of versatility and awareness make him an outstanding help defender and he’s capable of locking down players across the positional spectrum one-on-one.

[Preseason prediction: Matisse Thybulle]

Rookie of the YearScottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors

After the Raptors raised eyebrows around the league for selecting Barnes over Jalen Suggs with the fourth pick, they now look like they knew something the rest of the league didn’t. Barnes has been a dangerous and efficient scorer while making an impact on the glass and playing solid defense. If the athletic forward can develop a three-point stroke, his ceiling will be unlimited.

[Preseason prediction: Jalen Green]

Most Improved PlayerMiles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets

The union between Bridges and LaMelo Ball has been nothing short of perfect, allowing the high-flying wing to put up points totals shattering his previous career high. Bridges has become a reliable top scoring option for a team that has been feisty in the early going.

[Preseason prediction: Nickeil Alexander-Walker]

Sixth Man of the YearMontrezl Harrell, Washington Wizards

After a down year with the Lakers last season, Harrell is recapturing the form that saw him win this award in 2019-20. Although he has some defensive limitations, his ability to create instant offense off the bench is second to none.

[Preseason prediction: Kevin Huerter]

Coach of the YearBilly Donovan, Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are off to their best start since the Michael Jordan era, and although new additions DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball might be more responsible for that than Donovan, the bench boss deserves some credit. If Chicago continues at anything like this pace, the former Oklahoma City Thunder coach should easily grab this award.

[Preseason prediction: Billy Donovan]

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 76ersChicago Bulls, 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 Golden State Warriors look like top dogs with Steph Curry’s offensive excellence and the emergence of Jordan Poole — and they’ll only get stronger when Klay Thompson returns. The Los Angeles Lakers should be a threat to Golden State, but there are legitimate questions about what the addition of Russell Westbrook is doing 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 look like they’re recapturing the magic that sent them to the NBA Finals last year, and can’t be counted out.

Here are FiveThirtyEight’s top 10 teams by championship probabilities:

TeamChampionship Probability
Milwaukee Bucks23%
Denver Nuggets15%
Utah Jazz10%
Phoenix Suns10%
Brooklyn Nets8%
Los Angeles Clippers8%
Philadelphia 76ers6%
Miami Heat6%
Boston Celtics5%
Golden State Warriors3%

Key Dates for the NBA Season

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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