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Celtics vs Knicks live stream: How to watch the NBA season opener online

Jayson Tatum and Derrick Rose will face off in the Celtics vs Knicks live stream
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Tonight's Celtics vs Knicks live stream features familiar faces crossing the court to the other bench. Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier both signed with the Knickerbockers in the summer, and so all eyes will be on how they play against their old team in this NBA live stream.

Celtics vs Knicks channel, time

The Celtics vs Knicks live stream is today (Oct. 19).
• Time — 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT / 12:30 a.m. BST
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN via Sling  
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

That's right, the new Knicks backcourt is the same as the Celtics' once was, though neither spent a lot of time on the court. Walker's two years with Boston were full of downtime from injury, while Fournier only played 16 games with the Celtics. That experience has the Celtics fandom already telling Knicks hopefuls to not expect much from their new acquisitions.

Boston, meanwhile, has two players earning enough headlines on its team, as the still-improving Jaylen Brown has been thriving alongside Jayson Tatum.

Across the court, fans love Knicks power forward/center Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, who are making notable improvements in their respective game. 

How to watch Celtics vs Knicks live streams from anywhere

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NBA streaming tip:

If you're away from home and so can't watch the Celtics vs Knicks live stream, you can still see the game. Using the best VPN makes it so that you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town, so you can access the same streaming services you already pay for.

Here's how easy it is to stream baseball from anywhere in the world:

1. Get a VPN (we recommend ExpressVPN as the best out there)
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Celtics vs Knicks live streams in the US

In the US, Celtics vs Knicks is going to be broadcast on ESPN, which is available with most cable packages and on two of best streaming services: Sling TV and fuboTV.

In the U.S., Celtics vs Knicks is on Wednesday (Oct. 20) at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

You'll want to get at least Sling Orange, as this $35 per month package has ESPN, TNT, ESPN2 and more. You can also get NBA League Pass for an extra $29 per month. 

The $65 per month Fubo costs more, but packs many more channels. 

Sling TV

Sling TV: You can get ESPN and TNT in the Sling Orange package. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and many more.

Celtics vs Knicks live streams in the UK

Sky Sports does not have the season opening Celtics vs Knicks live stream. NBA League Pass is also available in the U.K., as an alternative.

Out of town? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the games by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN

The game starts at 12:30 a.m. local BST Thursday morning.

Celtics vs Knicks live streams in Canada

Canadian baseball can watch Celtics vs Knicks live stream on Sportsnet Now. Sportsnet can be added to your package if you don't already have it.  

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Henry T. Casey

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