After an unprecedented 2020 NBA season due to the maybe not back at 100%, but most games are still being played.-- marked by play inside the Orlando bubble, a compressed schedule, upsets galore in the playoffs and the Lakers capturing the championship in October -- the new 2020-2021 season is now underway. Well,
In NBA tradition, the league has a packed slate of games to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Five of those games are set to play on national TV, including a possible future Eastern Conference Finals showdown between the revamped Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks and a Western Conference battle between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.
Here are the nationally televised games, broadcast on either NBA TV or TNT:
- Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks, 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT) on NBA TV
- Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Atlanta Hawks, 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT) on NBA TV
- Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) on TNT
- Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) on TNT
- Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on TNT
How can I watch the NBA on TV live without cable?
Four of the five majoroffer ESPN, TNT and ABC (all but Sling TV), but not every service carries your local ABC station, so check the links below to make sure it's available in your area.
If you want maximum coverage, especially on Monday, you'll also want to make sure you have NBA TV (which also airs some games nationally each week) and your regional sports network (which air the bulk of a team's local games). Most regional sports networks are only widely available via streaming on AT&T TV, which starts at $85 per month for the Choice package with no annual contract.
At that price, you may want to consider just getting regular cable.
AT&T TV's $85-a-month Choice package includes all the major national channels as well as many of the regional sports networks. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our AT&T TV review.
Hulu with Live TV costs $65 a month and includes ABC, ESPN and TNT but lacks NBA TV. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.
Sling TV's Orange package has ESPN and TNT, but not ABC, for $30 per month. NBA TV is available for an extra $15 per month as part of Sling's Sports Extra package.