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How to watch Team USA basketball games live online — men’s and women’s Olympics streams

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Team USA Basketball game dates and times

Men's: Team USA vs Czech Republic is airing live Saturday, July 31 at 8 a.m. ET and on tape delay at 4 p.m. on NBC
• U.S. — Watch men's games live on Peacock (tape delay versions on NBC) and women's games live on USA via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch for free on BBC iPlayer
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

The Team USA's basketball game live streams from the Tokyo Olympics are ginally going right, and gold is within their sights. The USA vs France live stream gold medal game tonight will see the Americans look to keep their winning ways alive.

The men's half of Team USA may be down stars such as LeBron James, Steph Curry and Anthony Davis, but they've got Jrue Holiday, who came straight from helping the Bucks win the NBA Finals. Bam Adebayo chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

The women's side of Team USA has shined a bit in its first game, with a 23-0 run in the second quarter. But that was about it. Otherwise, Nigeria's strong defense was rough for the Americans to overcome. And now they're going for the gold against Japan on Saturday.

Of the services you will want for these games, Peacock is a must for live Team USA Men's basketball games, while Sling TV and Fubo TV are two of the services we recommend for the Team USA Women's basketball games.

How to watch the Team USA basketball games from anywhere in the world

The Olympics is a global event and can be viewed in almost every country on Earth. However, if you're not in your home country and can't watch the Team USA Basketball games with your usual services — or you want to watch in your native language — you're not out of luck. 

With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. 

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.

How to watch Team USA basketball live in the US

Anyone who wants to watch Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics live is going to need to run through a check-list. That's because, thanks to how time zones work, the games are airing at odd hours. 

Plus, unless you have a cable account and can watch on NBCOlympics.com, you'll need NBC's streaming service Peacock for Team USA Men's Basketball games and the USA Network for the Team USA Women's Basketball games. The full schedule is below. 

USA is included in the $35 per month Sling TV Blue package, which also has NBC. The Sports Extra package ($11 per month extra) gets you the Olympic channel. Sling is one of the best streaming services alongside our other recommendation for Olympics viewing: Fubo TV, which has 100+ channels (many more than Sling), including all of the above networks. 

A must for live Team USA men's games

In addition to the Olympics live streams, Peacock also has huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.View Deal

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Sling TV: You can get NBC in the Sling Blue package, which is $35/month. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and many more. Right now, Sling is offering $10 off the first month for new subscribers.View Deal

Fubo TV: If you love sports, you probably want to check out Fubo TV. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. Fubo's dozens of channels include local networks like ABC and ESPN. You can also add on NBA TV. Fubo doesn't have TNT.View Deal

Team USA basketball games schedule

Men's basketball games:

  • Sunday, July 25 @ 8 a.m. ET: Team USA lost to France, 83-76
  • Wednesday, July 28 @ 12:40 a.m. ET: Team USA beat Iran 120-66
  • Saturday, July 31 @ 8 a.m. ET: Team USA vs. Czech Republic on Peacock & NBCOlympics.com (rebroadcast at 4 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC)

Women's basketball games:

  • Tuesday, July 27 @ 12:40 a.m. ET: Team USA beat Nigeria, 81-72.
  • Friday, July 30 @ 12:40 a.m. ET: Team USA vs. Japan (USA Network)
  • Monday, Aug. 2 @ 12:40 a.m. ET: Team USA vs. France (USA Network)

How to watch Team USA basketball live in the UK

How to watch Team USA basketball live in the UK - British flag

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The BBC iPlayer has been the go-to source for all Olympics coverage for those in the U.K., but they haven't gotten these games broken out. This may be because those games all start at the ungodly hour of 5:40 a.m. BST.

Check out their comprehensive guide to try and see where to watch these games. 

The BBC iPlayer has been the go-to source for some Olympics coverage for those in the U.K., but they aren't listing the Team USA vs Iran live stream, which starts at 5:40 a.m. BST. 

However, it will definitely be available on the new service Discovery+, which has the rights to full coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, breaking the BBC's previous monopoly. This year, the BBC is limited to no more than two live events at one time, whereas every single sport and every single event is available on Discovery+ or via the Eurosport channel.

Discovery is currently offering a three-day free trial of the service, with full subscriptions available for £6.99/month or £29.99/year after that. Plus, the service is available to stream through a multitude of devices include Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and apps for iOS and Android.

Americans abroad could just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch Team USA basketball live in Canada

How to watch Team USA basketball live in Canada

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Again, details aren't exactly strong here. 

Sportsnet may be your best bet, as its schedule lists basketball among its 12 a.m. ET to 6 a.m. ET coverage. TSN will also have early hours Olympics coverage, but it's not broken down by sport.

Again, Americans visiting their friends in the great white north could just use Peacock, Sling, Fubo and other services, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch Team USA basketball live in Australia

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Down Under, Aussies can watch Team USA basketball live for free on the network’s 7Plus streaming service — which has practically everything in the Olympics.

Currently out of the country? Use ExpressVPN to access your paid-for services.

Henry T. Casey

Henry is an editor writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.