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NBA live stream 2021: How to watch the 21-22 season online

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during an NBA live stream
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NBA live streams are back, and the 2021-22 season has begun. The season began with optimism for the Knicks, who beat the Celtics in double OT. The Nets, the team they share a city with, did not win their opener, falling by 23 points to the Bucks. 

Golden State started things off right, beating the with a statement performance. Steph Curry posted a triple-double (21 pts, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), but also said he "played like trash."

Tonight‘s matchups include Bucks vs Heat and Clippers vs Warriors.  

So, as the season goes on, we'll be here to help you stream the most buzzed-about games of the year, so check out the below info on the best streaming services and where to watch the big games.

How to watch NBA live streams from anywhere on Earth

If you're a basketball fan and for some reason have had to leave your own "bubble" — or you've been hit by a dreaded local blackout — and you can't watch the NBA live streams you want, 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. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well. 

ExpressVPN

We think speed, security and simplicity make ExpressVPN second to none. During our tests, we saw fast connection times, and we're impressed by the service's ability to access more than 3,000 services spread out across 160 locations in 94 countries. There's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied.

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 Sling, Yahoo or another website and watch the game.

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. And, previously, some ABC games have aired on ESPN3, most notably in the playoffs.

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 DirecTV Stream.

Of these options, we recommend Sling TV, which starts at $35 a month and offers more than 50 channels, including ESPN (in its Orange package). It has TNT, which Fubo does not.

Sling TV

ESPN and TNT are a part of the Sling TV Orange package, which costs $35 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.

Fubo.TV

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. 

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.

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Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.