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NBA live stream and TV Guide - How to watch the NBA in Australia

LeBron James (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The NBA is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world and, with more and more Aussies plying their trade in the States, you won’t want to miss any of the action this season. Here’s all the info you need to make sure you can watch the NBA via live stream or on TV in Australia.

Of course, if you’re more interested in watching Australia’s latest basketball sensation, Ben Simmons, head over to our Ben Simmons NBA fixtures page.

Australian NBA television 2019-20 schedule

The Australian ESPN, SBS and MIA app TV schedules have been confirmed in their entirety – including for the playoffs.

All times and dates below are listed in AEDT/AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time).

Away vs Home Date Time Broadcast
76ers vs Celtics Tue Aug 18 8:30am ESPN
Mavericks vs Clippers Tue Aug 18 11:00am ESPN
Heat vs Pacers Wed Aug 19 6:00am NBA TV on MIA app
Thunder vs Rockets Wed Aug 19 8:30am ESPN
Trail Blazers vs Lakers Wed Aug 19 11:00am ESPN
Nets vs Raptors Thu Aug 20 3:30am NBA TV on MIA app
76ers vs Celtics Thu Aug 20 8:30am ESPN
Mavericks vs Clippers Thu Aug 20 11:00am ESPN
Magic vs Bucks Fri Aug 21 8:00am ESPN
Trail Blazers vs Lakers Fri Aug 21 11:00am ESPN
Celtics vs 76ers Sat Aug 22 8:30am ESPN
Clippers vs Mavericks Sat Aug 22 11:00am ESPN
Bucks vs Magic Sun Aug 23 3:00am NBA TV on MIA app
Rockets vs Thunder Sun Aug 23 8:00am ESPN
Lakers vs Trail Blazers Sun Aug 23 10:30am ESPN
Raptors vs Nets Mon Aug 24 8:30am ESPN
Nuggets vs Jazz Mon Aug 24 11:00am ESPN
Bucks vs Magic Tue Aug 25 3:30am NBA TV on MIA app
Pacers vs Heat Tue Aug 25 8:30am ESPN
Lakers vs Trail Blazers Tue Aug 25 11:00am ESPN
Mavericks vs Clippers Wed Aug 26 11:00am ESPN
Thunder vs Rockets Sun Aug 30 8:30am ESPN
Trail Blazers vs Lakers Sun Aug 30 11am ESPN
Celtics vs Raptors Mon Aug 31 3am ESPN
Clippers vs Mavericks Mon Aug 31 5:30am ESPN
Heat vs Bucks Tue Sep 1 8:30am ESPN
Rockets vs Thunder Tue Sep 1 11am ESPN
Cetlics vs Raptors Wed Sep 2 7:30am ESPN
Jazz vs Nuggets Wed Sep 2 10:30am ESPN
Heat vs Bucks Thu Sep 3 8:30am ESPN
Thunder vs Rockets Thu Sep 3 11am ESPN
Raptors vs Celtics Fri Sep 4 8:30am ESPN
Nuggets vs Clippers Fri Sep 4 11am ESPN
Rockets vs Lakers Sat Sep 5 11am ESPN
Rockets vs Lakers Mon Sep 7 10:30am ESPN
Celtics vs Raptors Tue Sep 8 8:30am ESPN
Clippers vs Nuggets Tue Sep 8 11am ESPN
Lakers vs Rockets Wed Sep 9 11am ESPN
Raptors vs Celtics Thu Sep 10 8:30am ESPN
Clippers vs Nuggets Thu Sep 10 11am ESPN
Lakers vs Rockets Fri Sep 11 9am ESPN
Nuggets vs Clippers Sat Sep 12 8:30am ESPN
Celtics vs Raptors Sat Sep 12 11am ESPN
Rockets vs Lakers Sun Sep 13 10am ESPN
Clippers vs Nuggets Mon Sep 14 3am ESPN
Heat vs Celtics Wed Sep 16 8:30am ESPN
Nuggets vs Clippers Wed Sep 16 11am ESPN
Heat vs Celtics Fri Sep 18 9am ESPN
Nuggets vs Lakers Sat Sep 19 11am ESPN
Celtics vs Heat Sun Sep 20 10:30am ESPN
Nuggets vs Lakers Mon Sep 21 9:30am ESPN
Lakers vs Nuggets Wed Sep 23 11am ESPN
Celtics vs Heat Thu Sep 24 10:30am ESPN
Lakers vs Nuggets Fri Sep 25 11am ESPN
Heat vs Celtics Sat Sep 26 10:30am ESPN
Nuggets vs Lakers Sun Sep 27 11am ESPN
Celtics vs Heat Mon Sep 28 9:30am ESPN
Heat vs Lakers Thu Oct 1 11am ESPN
Heat vs Lakers Sat Oct 3 11am ESPN
Lakers vs Heat Mon Oct 5 10:30am ESPN
Lakers vs Heat Wed Oct 7 12pm ESPN
Heat vs Lakers Sat Oct 10 12pm ESPN
Lakers vs Heat Mon Oct 12 10:30am ESPN

NBA League Pass Australia

If you want to be able to watch each and every game this NBA season, then the league’s digital streaming service, NBA League Pass, is your best option. League Pass has three options.

The cheapest option, coming in at $11.99 per month, is an NBA TV package, which provides you with up to ten games per week live and in high definition as well as 24/7 programming from NBA TV. However, you can’t watch any games on-demand and many of the best games each week – such as the All-Star game – aren’t available.

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The standard League Pass package lets you watch every game of the year live or on demand, also in high definition. You’ll be able to check out all the action from the pre-season, regular season, All-Star weekend and the playoffs. You won’t however, get access to NBA TV. This package will set you back $37.99 per month.

For the best of both worlds, there is a premium package available for the maddest of basketball fans. For the rather dear price of $44.99 each month, you’ll get every game of the year – pre-season, All-Star weekend, playoffs and finals included – live and on demand, as well as access to NBA TV.

Pay TV

If League Pass is a bit over the top for you, you can always watch basketball’s premier competition on pay TV. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then you’re in luck; ESPN, the channel which owns the NBA broadcast rights in Australia, doubled their coverage of the competition a few years ago, with a minimum of five live games per week.

Aussie hoops fans get 190 matches per season under the current agreement, including the playoffs, finals, All-Star weekend, and all the big regular season games. Normally, it’s broken down with a double-header on Thursday with games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and at least one earlier in the week.

A Foxtel subscription with the sports package included will get you access to ESPN, and comes in at a cost of $51 per month.

You can, however, stream all of ESPN’s NBA content through Kayo Sports, which allows you to view all of Foxtel’s sporting content on your preferred mobile device for just $25 a month.

This season, free-to-air broadcaster SBS have also jumped in on the action, giving Aussie hoops fans even more content. You can also catch some matches on the MIA app, which has a bunch of augmented reality features to enhance the experience. This service requires a separate subscription fee, however.

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NBA Playoffs and Finals

ESPN will show a number of games from the first two rounds of the playoffs, before they show every game of the Conference Finals and Finals.

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