NBA Preseason - All the Options for Watching on TV & Online

Fri Dec 11, 2020 17:04:15PM
Preseason action in Taipei Arena between the Pacers and Nuggets, 10/8/2009.By: zero

For all the info you'll ever need to watch any NBA preseason game, whether it be on your television or through a streaming device, this guide has you covered.

For the complete NBA preseason schedule including all the TV channels, live streams, dates, times and opponents, use this guide. Also includes individual pages for every team in the NBA if you just want to see your team's preseason schedule.

NBA Preaseason Basketball Schedule, TV & Live Streams

If you're looking for a more detailed breakdown, continue below. The rest of this entry is broken down into two sections for easy reference: TV Viewing Options and Streaming Options.

TV Viewing Options for NBA Preseason Games


A vast majority of NBA's preseason action airs on the NBA TV cable channel. You'll need a cable provider that carries or includes this channel in your package in order to watch this station.

This resource shows you every provider and plan with pricing to see all your options for getting NBA TV. Options will include the cord-cutting services AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, YouTube TV, satellite TV providers DirecTV and Dish and traditional cable providers Spectrum, Verizon Fios and Xfinity.


TNT carries a few NBA preseason games. This is another cable TV channel and will require a cable plan in order to watch. All the same providers that include NBA TV also include TNT. In addition, Sling TV and Cox carry this channel but not NBA TV. View all the cable plans and providers for TNT here.


A few NBA preseason games air on ESPN as well, typically in prime-time slots. Again access will require a cable plan of some kind. Luckily most every cable package includes ESPN. The only provider missing that also carries TNT and NBA TV is FuboTV. To see the full list use this resource.

Streaming Options for NBA Preseason Games


Once you have a cable plan that includes TNT, go to that link to stream all the their NBA preseason games from your computer, laptop or mobile device. You can also stream TNT from their mobile app.


To watch any ESPN channel online, use their WatchESPN link. Cable credentials (username and password) are required to gain access to their live stream. You can also stream ESPN from their ESPN app.

NBA League Pass is the best place to watch any NBA preseason game, but it's far from the cheapest.

Full access will run you $199.99/yr. Or $249.99/yr for commercial free. If you wish to go monthly it's $28.99 or $39.99/month respectively.

It's a little better than it sounds, as this actually gives you access to all the regular season NBA games as well (that aren't already nationally airing in your area). And their on demand feature makes all games available to watch in full, just 3 hours after any game airs. And for those just looking to follow one particular team, they offer a discounted $119.99/yr rate (or $17.99/month).

On top of that, you also get NBA League Pass Audio, so you can listen to all NBA games live and chose the HOME or AWAY play-by-play call. And if you just want the radio option, that is far cheaper as a stand alone service; something I would highly recommend for just a one-time fee of $9.99/yr.

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