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How to watch NBA in Australia

As the pinnacle of pro basketball and one of the biggest sporting leagues in the United States, the NBA draws millions of viewers year-round from all over the globe.

And with more and more Australian talents making the pilgrimage to the USA for a shot at the big time, the demand for access to live games has skyrocketed in the Great Southern Land.

While Aussie fans will not find any live NBA action on free-to-air television, there are several viewing options available that cater to both the casual follower and the devoted nut.

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NBA League Pass

Those who plan to watch as many live games as they can stomach should take a good, hard look at the NBA League Pass. This is the official NBA streaming service, offering a range of packages that can be enjoyed via Chromecast, Apple TV, Windows, Mac, smartphone, tablet and many other media platforms.

While the NBA League Pass is not cheap, it does come with several options tailored to different budgets and needs:

NBA TV – For AUD $11.99 per month*, you can enjoy up to 10 live games a week in HD along with exclusive access to all programming on the NBA TV network. You cannot view games on-demand, however, while blockbuster fixtures such as the NBA All-Star Game are often not included.

Standard League Pass – The standard package, at a cost of $37.99 per month*, will get you access to every single game of the season. That includes the pre-season, the regular season, the All-Star round and the post-season, all available live or on-demand in high definition.

Premium League Pass – The drawback of the basic League Pass package is that NBA TV is not included. If you want the whole kit and caboodle, with full NBA TV access and every game from pre-season to finals available live and on-demand, you are looking at $44.99 per month*.

NBA Playoff Pass – If you did not tune in for the regular season, you can still enjoy the NBA Playoffs live and on-demand without having to shell out a full year in subscription fees. Monthly access costs $32.79 a pop*, while a single payment of $87.99* will also get you the NBA Draft and the Summer League schedule.

(* Prices correspond to 2016-17 NBA season quotes and are subject to change.)

ESPN on Foxtel

The NBA League Pass packages are not for everyone. Full access is a little on the pricey side, especially for casual viewers or those who only wish to follow a particular team.

If you want to watch a stack of live basketball games along with heaps of other sport, pay TV is an option. ESPN holds the official Australian broadcasting rights for the NBA and has stepped up its live coverage significantly in recent years. That includes an extensive schedule of live and same-day broadcasts of the NBA Playoffs.

ESPN is available with the Foxtel TV sports package for $45 per month**. While that is about the same as the premium NBA League Pass, it comes with much more besides basketball. You get ESPN’s live coverage of UEFA Champions League football, NFL, MLB and more, as well as the Fox Sports network and all the standard Foxtel entertainment channels.

(** Price for 2017 and does not include installation fee.)

NBA live streams at online bookies

If you cannot justify coughing up a monthly fee that could be better spent on a slab of beer, a round of golf, or a few choice wagers, there are other ways to watch live NBA online without testing Australia’s laws on unlicensed streaming services.

A number of Australian bookmakers hold conditional rights to stream live sports via their desktop and mobile betting sites. These are only available to registered customers, and sometimes only to those who have a certain amount of cash in their betting account, but they are otherwise free of charge and offer real-time access to some of the world’s biggest and best sporting action. is the place to go for your NBA live streaming needs. The service is free of charge for punters who have an active betting account and/or have placed a wager within the past 24 hours. Live NBA on PC, Mac and mobile makes up but a fraction of the fare on offer. English and European soccer, Euro basketball, US baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, handball, volleyball, lawn bowls – you can watch it all.

To start enjoying free live NBA streams on desktop, smartphone and tablet, sign up at Bet365 today and have a flutter.

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