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.
The NBA preseason started on October 3rd, and goes until late October.
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?
You can watch the NBA preseason games on National TV on these channels.
NBA preseason games National TV
|Thursday, Oct. 7||Raptors vs. 76ers||7 p.m.||NBA TV|
Thursday, Oct. 7
|Heat vs. Rockets||10 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Friday, Oct. 8||Bucks vs. Nets||7:30 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Friday, Oct. 8||Lakers vs. Warriors||10 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Saturday, Oct. 9||Hawks vs. Grizzlies||8 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Sunday, Oct. 10||Thunder vs. Bucks||7:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sunday, Oct. 10||Suns vs. Lakers||10 p.m.||ESPN|
|Monday, Oct. 11||Nets vs. 76ers||8 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Monday, Oct. 11||Timberwolves vs. Clippers||10:30 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Tuesday, Oct. 12||Raptors vs. Wizards||7 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Tuesday, Oct. 12||Warriors vs. Lakers||10:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Wednesday, Oct. 13||Mavericks vs. Hornets||6:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Wednesday, Oct. 13||Trail Blazers vs. Suns||10 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Thursday, Oct. 14||Timberwolves vs. Nets||7:30 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Thursday, Oct. 14||Lakers vs. Kings||10 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Friday, Oct. 15||Celtics vs. Heat||6:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Friday, Oct. 15||Trail Blazers vs. Warriors||10 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.