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How to watch NBA live online 2020

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While the idea of going to a basketball game is enticing, sometimes catching a game at home is more convenient. If you’re interested in keeping track of superstars like LeBron James, Steph Curry and James Harden or have a favorite team, a sports Internet subscription could be just what you need.

How to watch NBA online: Paid and free options

Option 1: Watching NBA online with NBA League Pass

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  • Cost: $28.99 a month
  • Setup time: Less than five minutes, no installation required

Basketball fans who want the option of catching every game, replay and highlight will be hitting shots from way downtown with NBA League Pass. A standard annual subscription is just $28.99 and you have access to live out-of-market games that aren’t in your area.

If you’re interested in more content, then there’s always the option to upgrade to a premium NBA League Pass subscription or add an NBA TV upgrade. That gives you a few more freedoms like access to classic archived games, TV shows and live games available in Virtual Reality. While a free trial isn’t mentioned, it does allow you to pay for a single game at a time for $5.99 to lessen the commitment.

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Option 2: Watching NBA online with Sling TV

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  • Cost: $17.99 a month
  • Setup time: Less than five minutes, no installation required

A major part of Sling TV is that it gives you the option to choose what you stream, which is the case when you want to watch basketball. It offers a specific NBA Team Pass package catered to NBA TV for $17.99 a month or you can pay $28.99/month for full NBA League Pass access. If you’re interested in exploring the lifestyle and entertainment aspects of Sling TV, then you can add the Sports Extra for $5, $10 or $15 a month depending on whether you choose the traditional Sling Orange, Sling Blue or Sling Orange & Blue subscription respectively.

It follows the general Sling TV rules, allowing you a free 7-day trial and a slew of compatible iOS and Android devices.

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Option 3: Watching NBA online with Hulu

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  • Cost: $54.99 a month
  • Estimated time to set up: Less than five minutes, no installation required
Hulu + Live TV gives you the ability to watch and record live NBA games. Simply by logging into Hulu on a device that supports Live TV, you can access games through ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and TNT. You will also be able to access local and regional networks in your area. Please note games can be subject to regional restrictions and blackouts. Hulu does not offer access to NBA TV.

You can get started with Hulu + Live TV, by taking advantage of the 7-day free trial offer.

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Option 4: Watch NBA online via FuboTV

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  • Cost: $54.99 a month
    • Fubo Extra Package $5.99 per month
    • Sports Plus package $10.99 a month
  • Estimated time to set up: Less than five minutes, no installation required
FuboTV previously offered NBA TV as part of its standard package. Now new subscribers need either the Fubo Extra Package or Sports Plus Package for access.

FuboTV Sports Plus Package will give you access to more than 20 sports channels. And in better news FuboTV will add ESPN to its arsenal from August which will only increase the amount of sports content available to watch.

On top of sports you’ll also have access to entertainment and news channels. FuboTV comes with a 7-day free trial offer, so you can test it out yourself.

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Option 5: Watching NBA online with Amazon Prime

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  • Cost: $28.99 a month with an Amazon Prime account
  • Estimated time to set up: Less than five minutes, no installation required

To watch NBA online with Amazon Prime, you firstly need a Prime account, which is $8.99 per month. After that you can sign up to NBA League Pass. An annual subscription for the rest of the 2019/20 season is $28.99. But take note, it will automatically renew at the start of next season for the full-season price, currently $199 (subject to change).

Users are subjected to blackouts in local areas, but do get access to all other games home and away. League Pass is for regular season games only, not the playoffs or NBA Finals, which are televised nationally. With Amazon Prime, any device that’s compatible with streaming Amazon Prime is compatible with NBA League Pass. You can be logged into up to five devices at once.

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Option 6: Watching NBA online with YouTube TV

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  • Cost:$64.99 a month
  • Estimated time to set up: Less than five minutes, no installation required

As part of a $64.99 a month YouTube TV subscription, you can watch NBA TV in addition to 85+ other networks ranging from HGTV to PBS Kids. With YouTube TV, you can watch content 24/7 depending on the mood you’re in from various devices.

You have access to an unlimited DVR storage space to save basketball games for later, three separate streams and the ability to share your subscription with five other people. It offers a 7-day free trial, which you’re able to cancel at any time. If you stick with your subscription, then you have the ability to pause it for spans of up to six months.

Bottom line

No matter which way you choose to watch NBA online, there is no lack of options to pick from. From the hardcore basketball fans to those who want to watch the occasional game, there’s a streaming service out there.

Frequently asked questions

How does the NBA season restart work?

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic across the United States, the NBA made the decision to move into a bubble in Disney World, Orlando, Florida with the season officially resuming on July 30. To also reduce the number of people involved in the restart the NBA chose to reduce the competition to 22 teams.

Teams were selected based off the standings up to when the season came to a halt on March 11. This included the 16 teams who held a playoff seeding in their respective conferences. The other six teams were selected based on those who were 6 games or less behind the eighth seed of their respective conference. There will be 9 teams from the Eastern Conference and 13 from the Western Conference.

Each team is set to play eight seeding games, which is essentially a handful of regular season games. Once these games are completed the top seven teams in each conference are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Where things get interesting is if the ninth best team in a specific conference finishes within four games of the eighth seed then a play-in game between the pair will be required.

Play-in games will be at most a mini three-game series between the two teams. The eighth seed will be required to win just one game which ensures they’ll make the playoffs. While for the ninth seeded team they’ll need to win the opening two games to snatch a playoff berth. So it’s essentially a best of two series.

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