2023-24 NBA Season: How to Watch the Lakers vs. Nuggets & Suns vs. Warriors Games Without Cable


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NBA basketball is back! The NBA 2023-24 regular season officially started on Tuesday (Oct. 24).

The season opener will include the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets facing off at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT. The Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors will follow the Nuggets vs. Lakers game airing at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT on TNT.


How long is the NBA season? The 2023-24 season starts on Oct. 24 and ends on April 14, 2024.

The regular season kicks off with dozens of games scheduled for this week, including 12 games on Wednesday, two games on Thursday, 11 games on Friday, seven games on Saturday and six games on Sunday. Most NBA games this season will air on TNT, ESPN, and on local channels.

If you’re a sports fan, there are plenty of affordable streaming options that offer NBA coverage live and on demand.

Read on for details on how to watch the NBA 2023-24 season launch and other games this season, live without cable.

How to Watch NBA Games Online

Those who have access to TNT can stream tonight’s games live online at TNT.com or the TNT app. But if you’re a die-hard basketball fan, NBA League Pass is an obvious choice because it lets subscribers access hundreds of live games and 24/7 access to news, highlights, studio shows and classic games from the archives, starting at $14.99/month (or $99 per season). Click below to launch your 7-day free trial.

Some of the games this season will stream live on ESPN+ such as the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks on Wednesday. You can also find a nice selection of NBA programs on ESPN+ such as NBA Today, NBA Countdown, NBA Courtside, along with ESPN+ originals like The Last Dance, Ahmad Inside, The Boardroom and Basketball: A Love Story.

ESPN+ also carries NFL, MLB, NHL, UFC, LaLiga, college football and more. Subscriptions start at $9.99/month.

How can you watch TNT and ESPN and without cable? You can stream those channels and more on DirecTV Stream, Fubo and Sling TV.

Most streamers offer a free trial or a discount at sign up, so you won’t necessarily have to pay out of pocket, depending on which platform you choose. To help you shop for the perfect package, we collected a short list of some of the more affordable streamers and what they offer.

For example, DirecTV’s Entertainment package is currently discounted to $64.99/month (regular $74.99/month), plus you’ll get a free trial for the first five days and DVR storage. The Entertainment package lets you stream 75+ channels including ABC, NBC, ESPN, CBS, TNT, USA and TLC.

DirecTV also offers a Choice and Ultimate plans for $89.99 and $99.99/month. The Ultimate plan includes free Max, Starz, Showtime, MGM+. There’s also an Óptimo Más package with 100+ channels — 55+ in Spanish. and 40+ in English.

Fubo Pro is $74.99 a month after a free trial for the first week and you’ll get to watch 151 channels (including ESPN and TNT), over 100 sporting events, cloud DVR (1,000 hours) and streaming from unlimited screens at home. For Spanish-speaking sports fans, Fubo has a Latino package, which is discounted to $24.99 a month (regular $32.99).

On Sling TV, subscribers can watch ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, TNT and other channels for just $20 for the first month (regular $40/month). Subscribe to Hulu + Live TV and stream over 90 channels, plus access to ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+, starting at $76.99/month.

Need more streamers for live television? Verizon Fios, YouTube TV and T-Mobile are a few options, and if you’re streaming internationally, ExpressVPN and NordVPN lets you watch ESPN, ABC, TNT and other channels and streaming platforms from outside of the U.S.

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