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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 Ben Simmons, head over to our Ben Simmons NBA fixtures page.
All times and dates below are listed in AEDT/AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time)
|Mon Nov 1||Pistons vs Nets||10:30am||SBS|
|Fri Nov 5||Celtics vs Heat||10:30am||SBS|
|Sun Nov 7||Celtics vs Mavericks||11:30am||SBS|
|Sat Nov 13||Hawks vs Nuggets||1pm||SBS|
|Sun Nov 14||Heat vs Jazz||9am||SBS|
|Sun Nov 21||Pelicans vs Pacers||11am||SBS|
|Mon Nov 22||Lakers vs Pistons||10am||SBS|
|Sat Nov 27||Bucks vs Nuggets||1pm||SBS|
|Sun Nov 28||Wizards vs Mavericks||12:30pm||SBS|
|Sat Dec 4||Pelicans vs Mavericks||12:30pm||SBS|
|Sun Dec 5||Spurs vs Warriors||12:30pm||SBS|
|Fri Dec 10||Lakers vs Grizzlies||12pm||SBS|
|Mon Dec 13||Nets vs Pistons||10am||SBS|
|Sat Dec 18||Spurs vs Jazz||1pm||SBS|
|Mon Dec 20||Nuggets vs Nets||11:30am||SBS|
|Fri Dec 24||Hawks vs 76ers||11am||SBS|
|Tue Dec 28||Rockets vs Hornets||11am||SBS|
|Sun Jan 2||Clippers vs Nets||11:30am||SBS|
|Mon Jan 3||Mavericks vs Thunder||11am||SBS|
|Tue Jan 11||Heat vs Suns||12pm||SBS|
|Wed Jan 12||Cavaliers vs Warriors||12pm||SBS|
|Fri Jan 14||Thunder vs Nets||12:30pm||SBS|
|Mon Jan 17||Jazz vs Nuggets||12pm||SBS|
|Sat Jan 22||Clippers vs 76ers||11am||SBS|
|Mon Jan 24||Lakers vs Heat||10am||SBS|
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 $149.99 for the season, is the ‘eight-game choice’ package, which lets you pick any eight games each month to stream in HD. You’ll also have access to some NBA TV studio content as well, but the package only allows you to view condensed replays of matches – not full ones – and has no options for live audio.
Another option is the Team Pass which, for $169.99 for the season, allows you to stream every game for the season for one team. This option includes live audio – only for the team you pick – as well as full replays of select historical matches from your team. Again, however, this option does not allow for on-demand full replays.
The ‘main’ option is League Pass. It runs you $299.99 a season, but allows you to watch every game of the season live and in HD – as well as enjoy live audio. You’ll also have access to select historic matches from every team but, again, this package only gives you condensed replays.
If you want those on-demand full replays, you’ll need to fork out $389.99 for the League Pass Premium package. This option gives you all the features of every other package, plus the option to watch full replays on demand, as well as stream on two devices at once.
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. Their live coverage will be on SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand. 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.
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.