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NBA Preseason

Is the NBA preseason on TV? Where to stream and watch online

The NBA preseason has begun, meaning we are inching up to the 2021-2022 season, which will return to the pre-pandemic tradition of 82 games per team.

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 05: Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against Justin Robinson #55 of the Milwaukee Bucks in the third quarter during the preseason game at FedExForum on October 05, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO
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The NBA preseason started on October 3rd, and goes until late October.

  • NBA preseason begins on Oct. 3, 2021
  • NBA preseason ends on Oct. 15, 2021
  • NBA regular season begins on Oct. 19, 2021

How can I watch my local team’s preseason game?

If you live in the market of the team you would like to watch, the games are available on TV from a variety of networks such as ESPN, ESPN2, and TNT. If you have streaming services such as DIRECTV or any service that carries NBA TV, you can watch the NBA preseason games there. All NBA preseason games are available for streaming on DirectTV.

What other streaming services show the NBA preseason?

  • Hulu Live TV
  • Sling TV
  • YouTube TV
  • Fubo TV

You can watch the NBA preseason games on National TV on these channels.

Broadcasting Details:

NBA preseason games National TV

DateGameTimeNational TV
Thursday, Oct. 7Raptors vs. 76ers7 p.m.NBA TV

Thursday, Oct. 7

Heat vs. Rockets10 p.m.ESPN2
Friday, Oct. 8Bucks vs. Nets7:30 p.m.NBA TV
Friday, Oct. 8Lakers vs. Warriors10 p.m.NBA TV
Saturday, Oct. 9Hawks vs. Grizzlies8 p.m.NBA TV
Sunday, Oct. 10Thunder vs. Bucks7:30 p.m.ESPN
Sunday, Oct. 10Suns vs. Lakers10 p.m.ESPN
Monday, Oct. 11Nets vs. 76ers8 p.m.ESPN2
Monday, Oct. 11Timberwolves vs. Clippers10:30 p.m.NBA TV
Tuesday, Oct. 12Raptors vs. Wizards7 p.m.NBA TV
Tuesday, Oct. 12Warriors vs. Lakers10:30 p.m.TNT
Wednesday, Oct. 13Mavericks vs. Hornets6:30 p.m.ESPN
Wednesday, Oct. 13Trail Blazers vs. Suns10 p.m.NBA TV
Thursday, Oct. 14Timberwolves vs. Nets7:30 p.m.NBA TV
Thursday, Oct. 14Lakers vs. Kings10 p.m.NBA TV
Friday, Oct. 15Celtics vs. Heat6:30 p.m.ESPN2
Friday, Oct. 15Trail Blazers vs. Warriors10 p.m.NBA TV

As you can see above, preseason games are more difficult to watch and stream than the regular season. NBA TV is broadcasting 8 games during the NBA preseason, ESPN is broadcasting 4 preseason NBA games, and TNT is broadcasting two games on national TV.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, each NBA team in the 2020-2021 season played 72 games, rather than the traditional 82-slate. For the 2021-2022 season, the NBA will return to it’s 82 games per team, per season. These games will run from October 19th to April 10th. The NBA playoffs are set to begin on April 16th 2022 and will run through June 19th, 2022.


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