NBA live stream: how to watch every 2023/24 basketball game

Stephen Curry (C) of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket past Victor Wembanyama (R)
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Watch NBA live streams

Hoops fans in the UK, Canada and Australia can watch every game of the 2023/24 NBA season with a subscription to NBA League Pass. In the US, the channels you need are ABC/ESPN3, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. Use a VPN to watch your preferred NBA live stream from abroad. Full details on how to watch NBA live streams from anywhere are just below.

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NBA 2023 season dates: Tue, Oct 24 – Sun, Apr 14
TV channel: ABC/ESPN3, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV (US) | TNT Sports (UK) | TSN, Sportsnet, FuboTV (CAN)
FREE streams: NBA League Pass FREE trial (UK, CA, AUS) | FuboTV FREE trial (US)
US stream: Sling + NBA Team Pass (50% discount)
Use ExpressVPN to watch any stream

NBA 2023/24 season

It feels like a long time since Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to their first ever championship, but despite all of the talk of the 2023/24 NBA season as a passing-of-the-torch moment for 7ft+ behemoths Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren, some things haven't changed. In his 21st campaign, LeBron James is still racking up records, but can the Lakers get the King into the playoffs one last time?

As seems to be the case every year, the Celtics look like the strongest proposition in the Eastern Conference, if not the entire league, with Jrue Holiday moving to Boston. The Bucks, however, have paired Dame Lillard with Giannis, and in the Western Conference much is expected of Suns trio Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal.

With 82 regular-season games to be played before the playoffs, prolonged excellence is key, while late-stage surges and collapses are near-enough guaranteed. 

Read as we explain how to watch NBA live streams from anywhere in the world, including free trials you can take advantage of and the best-value streaming services that have it all. And do be careful out there with NBA fans warned that they might have been victims to a data breach. Surf safe, now.


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NBA live stream: watch in the US without cable

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NBA games are nationally televised on ESPN, TNT, ABC/ESPN3 and NBA TV in the US.

However, covering all of your bases isn't as tricky as it might seem, even if you don't want the commitment or expense of cable. 

The best ways to watch NBA without cable:

Sling TV is a complete cable replacement service that carries ESPN and TNT on its Orange plan, with ABC coverage available via simulcasts on ESPN3, which is also included.

It normally costs $40 per month but if you're a new user you'll get a discount on your first month

You can also bundle Sing Orange with the NBA League Pass addon, for either $13.99 per month or $270 if you commit to six months and pay up front. You'll be covered for as much basketball as you can handle!

A costlier alternative is FuboTV, which includes ESPN, ABC and more than 150 other top channels, but not TNT. Its base-level Pro plan costs $74.99 per month after a 7-day FREE trial, and an extra $7.99 per month will net you NBA TV. 

How to watch NBA from outside your country

We've set out how you can live stream NBA games in a number of countries around the world. However, if you're away travelling for pleasure or for work, you probably won't be able to tune in like you normally would at home. This is the result of geo-blocking - best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to specific parts of the world.

You can hop over these digital barriers by using one of the best VPNs, which can also offer robust protection from cybercriminals and government snooping. They're really easy to use too.

Use a VPN to live stream NBA from anywhere:

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How to use a VPN to watch the NBA

Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN.

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location, eg: 'UK' for NBA League Pass.

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home - NBA League Pass for Brits abroad.


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How to watch NBA in the UK

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Basketball fans in the UK can watch the 2023/24 NBA season unfold on TNT Sports, which also holds the rights to Champions League and Premier League football too.

You can get TNT Sports by subscribing to the Discovery+ Premium plan, or you can add TNT Sports through Sky, BT, EE or Virgin Media.

To stream TNT Sports, you'll need Discovery+ - a combo subscription allows fans to access TNT Sports and Eurosport all in one place.

Alternatively, die-hard fans might want to check out the NBA League Pass, which starts at £14.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, and will unlock access to every single game.

If you're currently outside the UK and want to watch the NBA like you would at home, don't worry about geo-blocks on your account – simply grab a VPN and follow the instructions above to live stream the action. 

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How to watch NBA in Canada

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Sportsnet and TSN share NBA coverage in Canada, including Raptors games. You can also pick up NBA TV thorough OTA cable replacement service FuboTV which airs 90 regular season games.

If you get TSN as part of your cable deal, you'll be able to log in with the details of your provider for access to an NBA live stream. If you don't, you can subscribe to TSN Plus on a streaming-only basis for $8.99 per month plus tax.

Sportsnet coverage is available via a Sportsnet Plus subscription, which starts at $179.99 per year or $19.99 per month.

You'll need the FuboTV Premium package to get NBA TV. It's $39.99 per month, if you pay monthly, or $379.99 for the year. There's a 7-day FREE trial you can check out first.

In Canada, NBA League Pass costs $19.99 per month after a 7-day FREE trial, but bear in mind that all nationally televised games – which includes all Raptors games – are subject to blackouts. 

If you're unable to watch the game you want due to geo-blocking restrictions, remember that a VPN is all you need to tune back in to your preferred NBA coverage wherever you are.

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How to watch NBA in Australia

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A multitude of NBA games are shown live on ESPN and Kayo Sports each week.

While ESPN is available via a Foxtel subscription, Kayo Sports is an ideal option if you don't want the commitment of a lengthy (and pricey) contract.

Kayo lets you stream on one device with its $25 per month One plan, two devices with its $30 per month Basic plan, and three devices with its $35 Premium plan.

It also gives you access to over 50 other sports including cricket, NFL, NRL, PGA Tour golf, F1... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all out on Fox.

Alternatively there's the NBA League Pass, which starts at $21.99 per month, after a 7-day FREE trial, and provides live streaming access to every single game.

Not in Australia right now? Use a VPN if you're away from home, in order to tap into your domestic coverage.

When are the 2024 NBA playoffs?

While the 2023/24 NBA regular season runs until Sunday, April 14, the 2024 NBA postseason begins two days later.

The play-in tournament is scheduled to be played from Tuesday, April 16 to Friday, April 19, while the NBA playoffs will start on Saturday, April 20.

The NBA Finals are expected to begin in June 2024.