After a wild trade deadline revamped a host of playoff contenders in the NBA, and a controversial finish to the dunk contest Saturday night, it's time to start focusing on the league's next big event: the All-Star game itself. The main showcase takes place Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on TNT but you don't need cable to watch. starting at $15, with a free trial, will carry the action.
2020's star-studded game will feature a squad drafted by leading vote-getter LeBron James against one picked by Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The two teams ended up being an almost direct east-versus-west matchup, with Team LeBron featuring the talents of Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden; and Team Giannis boasting the likes of Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam and Trae Young.
After the there is a new twist to this year's game. Each of the first three 12-minute quarters will have the score set to 0-0, with the winning side of each quarter receiving $100,000 per quarter for the Chicago-based charity of their choosing., his daughter Gianna and seven others last month
The total of the three quarters will then be tallied up, with a final "target score" then becoming 24 points on top of that total, and the first team to reach the target score winning the game. So if it's 100-95 to LeBron, if Team Giannis reaches 124 first they win the game. There's no set time for how long this extra period will last, though the final period will air without commercials.
If you cut the cord and want to watch basketball's best this weekend, here's what you need to know.
NBA All-Star weekend schedule
Start time: The All-Star game takes place Sunday, Feb. 16, in Chicago, Illinois, starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on TNT.
NBA All-Star rosters
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers received the most fan votes among Western Conference teams, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks got the most votes in the Eastern Conference. Here are the results of their All-Star draft. Note: Damian Lillard has been replaced by Devin Booker.
Online or streaming
You can livestream the NBA All-Star Game on the TNT app, but you will need to log in with a pay TV account.
If you don't have a cable or satellite TV subscription you can watch the game on TNT with a live-TV streaming service. Most such services, listed below, offer TNT live.
Other stuff to know about live TV streaming services:
- You'll need a .
- You can watch any of them on TV as long as your smart TV has the service's app. You can also watch on your TV using a Roku, , or . such as a
- You can also watch on phones, tablets and computer browsers. , Android
- You can sign up and cancel any time, no contract required.
- All of them offer free trial periods, so you can sign up to watch and then cancel.
AT&T Watch TV costs $15 per month and has TNT. Read CNET's AT&T Watch TV review.
Both of Sling TV's $30-a-month base packages, Sling TV Orange and Sling TV Blue, include TNT. Sling's current promotion lets current and previous subscribers get the first month for $5. Read CNET's Sling TV review.
YouTube TV costs $50 a month and includes TNT. Read CNET's YouTube TV review.
Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes TNT. Read CNET's Hulu with Live TV review.
FuboTV costs $55 a month and includes TNT. Read CNET's Fubo TV review.
AT&T Now costs $65 per month and includes TNT. Read CNET's Fubo TV review.