Ben Simmons NBA debut live stream: How to watch Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers online and on TV

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    The NBA season is underway, and 2016’s No.1 draft pick, Australian Ben Simmons, will make his long-awaited debut for the Philadelphia 76ers against the Washington Wizards in their opening game.

    Simmons’ first match in the NBA is scheduled to tip-off at 10am (AEDT) on Thursday, October 19 at the Capital One Arena in Washington.

    Simmons was originally drafted by the 76ers ahead of last season with the No.1 pick, but didn’t get to step on the court in an NBA game after suffering a serious leg injury.

    » How to watch every match of Ben Simmons’ debut season

    Originally ruled out until Christmas, his recovery was slower than anyone anticipated and he was eventually ruled out for the season.

    He returned to the court during the pre-season though, playing strongly during the NBA Summer League and pre-season matches and is now expected to be in the starting five for the 76ers, should the pre-season give us any guide to go off.

    How to watch the match on TV

    Ben Simmons NBA debut will be broadcast live on American sports network ESPN. They are the only channel with broadcast rights to show the NBA in Australia, and will have multiple games on each week, totalling nearly 200 across the course of the season.

    While Simmons won’t have every game shown on ESPN, the game against the Wizards will be.

    The broadcast will begin at 10am (AEDT). While tip-off is scheduled for the same time, NBA games commonly tip off ten minutes later than scheduled, which will allow for a short build-up.

    ESPN can be found on Foxtel at Channel 508, but is only available to those who hold a valid Foxtel TV subscription with the sports package.

    How to live stream the match online

    The match can be live streamed via either of Foxtel’s dedicated streaming applications, known as Foxtel Now or the Foxtel app.

    Foxtel now is the better option for those who are only looking to stream Foxtel channels.

    If you already hold a TV subscription to Foxtel, then the better option is to use the app which is included and will be free to use.

    Both applications are available on any device you may own including desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet.

    The other way to stream the NBA is through the NBA League Pass. This is an NBA-run application which allows you to watch every game of the season. There is a free trial until October 24, however, after that it will set you back $39.99 per month or $299.99 for the year.

    You can also watch just one team for $19.99 per month or $169.99 per year.

    Ben Simmons dribbles

    (AP Photo/Kim Raff)

    How to watch the match on TV
    Foxtel offers the best choice of live sport from Australia and around the world.

    Sport on Foxtel’s iQ3 is the championship viewing experience including HD quality, the ability to record your favourite team and shows, as well as stream live sport anytime, anywhere on your favourite devices with the Foxtel app^ included in your subscription.

    How to live stream the match online
    Stream the best choice of live sport from Australia and around the world instantly with Foxtel Now. Foxtel Now is the more flexible and accessible way to stream live sport to your devices. Plus, you can start watching today with a two-week free trial^.

    If you already have a Foxtel subscription that includes the Sport pack, you can stream live sport anytime, anywhere to your devices through the free Foxtel app~.

    ^Requires internet and compatible device. Data charges may apply. Australia only.

    ~Just connect your compatible device to the internet. Data charges may apply. Shows only available if they’re in your pack, some shows/channels not available. Sorry, Australia only.

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