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NBA live stream 2020: How to watch the 20-21 season online

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It's almost time for NBA live streams to come back, as the 2020-21 season is about to tip off. And unlike last season, the league is back out of the bubble and teams are back to having actual home court advantages.

This NBA season is a little shorter than the average, with 82 games instead of 72. Of course it's starting later than normal, which is a part of why that's happening. And if a player tests positive for Covid-19, they've got protocols in place for what to do. 

Players, both asymptomatic and symptomatic, will first sit out for 10 days. Once a player is out for 10 days, they then go through a cardiac screen and work out alone for two days. 

If a player gets a serious case of Covid, they work out alone for an extra day at the end, after following the above protocols.

How to watch NBA live streams with a VPN

If you're away from home, or you're subject to regional blackouts, can't watch the NBA live streams from where you are, you can still get the livestreams with a virtual private network, or VPN. A 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 paid for. 

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How to watch the NBA live stream in the US

In the U.S., the NBA's nationally televised games are airing on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. 

If you don't have a cable or satellite package, and have cut the cord, you can get those channels via live TV streaming services (depending on your region), including Sling TV, Hulu With Live TV, Fubo TV and AT&T TV Now.

Of these options, we recommend Sling TV, which starts at $30 a month and offers more than 50 channels, including ESPN (in its Orange package).

ESPN and TNT are a part of the Sling TV Orange package, which costs $30 and comes with more than 30 channels. Get the NBA TV add-on for $10. Sling is currently offering a three-day free trial and a 1-year price lock, so you don't need to worry about rising costs.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. View Deal

NBA live streams in the UK

Basketball fans in the UK can watch the NBA bubble games on Sky Sports, via Sky, BT and Virgin Media packages. Games are broadcast live, so tipoff times range from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. BST. Those without Sky Sports can pick it up from Now TV, with prices starting at £9.99.

Brits can also get the NBA League Pass UK package, which costs £42.99 and gets you the NBA live streams for the playoffs and finals.

NBA live streams in Canada

Canadian b-ball fans can watch the NBA playoffs on TSN, SportsNet and NBA TV Canada. 

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

NBA live stream schedule: Tip-off games

Tuesday, Dec. 22

  • Warriors @ Nets, 7 p.m. ET
  • Clippers @ Lakers, 10 p.m. ET