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Basketball games are great on TV. It's easy to follow the action, and so fast paced that something exciting can happen at almost any moment. Basketball translates really well to streaming, and can be enjoyable to watch from the smallest screen you carry everywhere to the biggest screen in your living room.

The NBA has been aggressive about being available to CordCutters, and they offer more options than ever before to watch the biggest stars in the sport. If you have cut the cord for good, you still have many different options for watching the NBA. It's up to you to pick which option works best for you.

Watch the NBA using an over the air antenna

One of the easiest and most popular ways to watch TV after cutting the cord is also friendly to the NBA. You can hook up an over-the-air antenna to your TV or tuner, and turn on your local ABC station to get access to 30 nationally televised games for the season.

You can check the official schedule of NBA games on ABC. These games focus on the biggest teams and best matchups available.

The best over-the-air antennas available

If you want to use your over-the-air antenna with a smartphone, tablet, or streaming device, you could consider buying an over-the-air streaming box. It will take whatever the antenna can pick up, and convert it to stream on your local network.

The best over-the-air streaming device

Watch the NBA on Live Streaming Services

You can also watch the NBA on ABC through many of the live streaming services available. If you already have a live streaming service, or if you are interested in starting a free trial, you should check your service of choice to ensure they offer your local ABC station.

If you have one of these live streaming subscriptions, you can use your login to watch NBA games live in several cities on the ABC app. Just use your login to activate the app, which is available on Android devices, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku and Samsung smart TVs.

Watch the NBA on ESPN

NBA games are available on a variety of networks, including ESPN. The leader in the sports network world offers over 80 games this season, and you can check the schedule of ESPN NBA games to see which ones they will be showing.

ESPN is available on the following live streaming services:

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ESPN x x x x x

You can also use your streaming service login on the ESPN app. This will let you take these NBA games wherever you go, on any device you have handy. The ESPN app is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku.

Watch the NBA on TNT

The NBA also partners with TNT to provide over 50 televised games this season. You can check the NBA on TNT game schedule to see if they will feature the teams or matchups you want to watch.

You can watch TNT on the following live streaming services:

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TNT x x x x x x

You can also load up the TNT app on your smartphone, tablet, or streaming device and watch the NBA games on the go, or on any screen in your home. You just need to use your streaming service login to activate the TNT app. The TNT app is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku.

Watch games on NBA TV

The NBA has a network all their own called NBA TV. It is a traditional network, so you will need a provider, and have NBA TV included in your package. If you do, you can watch over 90 NBA games this season, according to the NBA TV game schedule.

NBA TV is on the court for the following live streaming services:

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NBA TV x x x x x

You can also use your streaming service login on the NBA app, and watch the NBA TV games anytime on nearly any device. The NBA app is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku.

Watch your local NBA team on a Regional Sports Networks

Many basketball fans love their local team, and want to watch those games more than any others. If you live near your favorite NBA team, the best way to watch their games will be on a Regional Sports Network. Teams have local agreements with regional sports networks to show almost every game they play.

Nearly all of the NBA Regional Sports Networks are available on at least one of the major live streaming services. Unfortunately, it is only bad news for CordCutters fans of four teams. The Toronto Raptors aren't a surprise, as these are U.S. services and they have a Canadian sports network. However, local fans of the Nuggets, Lakers and Jazz are currently without a live streaming option for their team's Regional Sports Network.

Find your local team, and local network, in this chart to see which streaming service offers the games you want. When you sign up for your free trial, make sure you choose a plan that includes the Regional Sports Network, and check your ZIP code to ensure you're included.

NBA Team/Sports Network PSVue DTV Now Sling Hulu Live YTTV TV Fubo
Atlanta Hawks / FS Southeast x x x x x x
Boston Celtics / NBCS Boston x x x x
Brooklyn Nets / YES x x x x x x
Charlotte Hornets / FS Carolinas x x x x x x
Chicago Bulls / NBCS Chicago x x x x x x
Cleveland Cavaliers / FS Ohio x x x x x x
Dallas Mavericks / FS Southwest x x x x x x
Denver Nuggets / Altitude Sports
Detroit Pistons / FS Detroit x x x x x x
Golden State Warriors / NBCS Bay Area x x x x x x
Houston Rockets / AT&T SN Southwest x
Indiana Pacers / FS Midwest x x x x x x
Los Angeles Clippers / FS Prime Ticket x x x x x x
Los Angeles Lakers / Spectrum SN
Memphis Grizzlies / FS South/Tennessee x x x x x x
Miami Heat / FS Sun x x x x x x
Milwaukee Bucks / FS North/Wisconsin x x x x x x
Minnesota Timberwolves / FS North x x x x x x
New Orleans Pelicans / FS SW/New Orleans x x x x x x
New York Knicks / MSG x
Oklahoma City Thunder / FS Oklahoma x x x x x x
Orlando Magic / FS Florida x x x x x x
Philadelphia 76ers / NBCS Philadelphia x x x x
Phoenix Suns / FS Arizona x x x x x x
Portland Trail Blazers / NBCS Northwest x x x x
Sacramento Kings / NBCS California x x x x x x
San Antonio Spurs / FS Southwest x x x x x x
Toronto Raptors / TSN (Canada)
Utah Jazz / AT&T SN Rocky Mountain
Washington Wizards / NBCS Washington x x x x x x

NBA League Pass

If you truly love NBA basketball, the option that scores above all of the others is NBA League Pass. For the hardcore fan, lots of basketball can't compete when you want all of the games.

The NBA offers two plans. NBA Team Pass lets you pick one out of market team, so you can watch all of their games. Think of Team Pass like a Regional Sports Network for teams that aren't in your local region. If you are a Spurs fan living in Washington DC, you can watch every Spurs game with Team Pass, except when they play the Washington Wizards. NBA League Pass lets you choose from every game in the league at any time, as long as it isn't blacked out locally for you.

The NBA League Pass options are available to add on to the following live streaming services

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NBA League Pass x x x

You can also get the NBA League or Team Pass directly from NBA.com. If you choose this option, you will need to use the NBA app on your supported devices to watch. NBA Team Pass is $18 a month, or $60 for the season. NBA League Pass is $29 a month, or $100 for the season

NBA.com also offers a special NBA single game pass, where for $6 you can watch any one out of market game of your choice. This is a very interesting idea, but if it is something you think you might do every weekend, it may be worth looking into one of the bigger Pass options.

NBA League Pass on NBA.com

Watch the NBA in the Yahoo Sports App

If you tend to watch as a mobile first, or mobile-only NBA fan, you should give the Yahoo Sports app a try. Yahoo Sports, and parent company Verizon, have a deal to let you watch NBA games in the Yahoo Sports app on your smartphone or tablet only. You can watch up to 8 selected games for free, or subscribe to a mobile only version of the NBA League Pass. Make sure to check out all the details, so you understand that this subscription pass is different, and works only in the Yahoo Sports App.

Watch NBA game second halves on Twitter

Depending on your perspective, we are finishing up with the most innovative, or weirdest way to watch the NBA. However, it is free, so no harm in checking it out. The NBA, TNT and Twitter are all partnering to offer special free live streams of 20 NBA games this year, but they won't be showing the whole game, or all of the action.

Followers of the @NBAonTNT account will be able to vote during the first half of games on which player they want to see during the second half. Then, they will broadcast on Twitter the second half of the games using a special isolated camera focused on the one player that won the vote. This starts at the NBA All Star game, so it isn't yet clear exactly how it is going to look, but it could be interesting to get such a focused look at how the game is played. Or it could produce a really dry look at a player sitting on the bench getting some rest. We will have to wait and see.

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