NBA restart: How to watch Raptors vs. Bucks, Nuggets vs. Lakers today without cable

After the coronavirus shut down the NBA season together with all the pieces else, basketball returned on the finish of July on the ESPN Huge World of Sports activities advanced, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The ultimate professional basketball video games of 2020 are in contrast to any earlier yr, with no followers in attendance attributable to social distancing necessities and a compressed schedule.

The perfect 22 of the league’s 30 groups are taking part in eight video games to complete the common season. From these, the highest 7 groups in every convention will advance, with the eighth and last seed in every convention being decided by a possible play-in match earlier than the standard 16-team playoffs.

5 video games are on the docket right this moment and three shall be broadcast nationally. This is the TV schedule for Monday, Aug. 10:

  • Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz, Three p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on NBA TV
  • Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on TNT

With the basketball absolutely underway, this is all the pieces we all know to date concerning the NBA’s return and how one can watch all of the motion. 

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to snap a three-game shedding streak tonight in opposition to the Denver Nuggets.

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Learn extra: MLB is back: How to watch baseball without cable    

How can I watch the NBA’s restart on TV?

As in a daily non-COVID season, Disney-owned ABC and ESPN will broadcast video games, with ABC broadcasting the NBA Finals. ESPN was beforehand introduced because the unique TV community for the 2020 Japanese Convention Finals. 

AT&T-owned Turner Sports activities, which runs TNT and “collectively” manages the league’s NBA Digital division that features NBA TV, will even be broadcasting video games. The community is a detailed NBA companion and broadcasts a number of regular-season video games weekly in addition to the majority of playoff video games. TNT was beforehand introduced because the unique TV community for the 2020 Western Convention Finals. 

You’ll be able to see the NBA’s national television schedule here, with video games on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. 

Regional sports activities networks like native Fox Sports activities channels, the YES Community (Brooklyn Nets) or Spectrum SportsNet (LA Lakers) will even be concerned for the ultimate eight regular-season video games.

You do not want cable or satellite tv for pc TV to look at the video games on ESPN or TNT. Many of the channels are provided on 4 of the foremost dwell TV streaming services, although not all streaming services supply ABC, TNT and NBA TV, and you will wish to double-check that your regional sports activities community is included.  

Learn extra: How to cut the cable TV cord in 2020

Sling TV’s $30-a-month Orange package deal consists of ESPN and TNT however not ABC. In order for you NBA TV additionally, you will have to subscribe to the “Sports activities Further” add-on for an extra $10 monthly.

Read our Sling TV review.

FuboTV lately added ESPN and ABC (the place out there) to offer it three of the 4 main channels — ABC, ESPN and NBA TV — should you get the $60 monthly Normal package deal plus the $6 monthly Fubo Further add-on (for NBA TV).

TNT is now not out there on FuboTV.

Read our FuboTV review.

AT&T TV Now consists of ABC, ESPN and TNT with its $55 monthly Plus package deal, with some regional sports activities networks, like these in New York and Los Angeles, out there within the $80 per Max providing. NBA TV, nevertheless, will not be included till you go to the $124 monthly Xtra package deal.

Read our AT&T TV Now review.

Those that paid for League Cross, the NBA’s out-of-market providing that lets viewers watch each recreation, will be capable of proceed watching by their TV supplier or on-line. Those that have been paying for the service on a month-to-month foundation have been billed beginning on July 30. (Billing was paused in March when the league shut down.)

These seeking to get League Cross to catch all of the motion for the remainder of the common season will be capable of pay $29 for the remainder of the yr, or $40 for League Cross Premium, which drops commercials in change for an in-arena feed throughout timeouts and quarter breaks. 

Some fast issues to notice: League Cross would not embrace NBA TV by default (it is out there as a $20 add-on for each packages) so you will not be capable of watch nationwide video games on NBA TV. The service additionally doesn’t will let you watch video games broadcast on TV in your space, together with these on a regional sports activities community or on a nationwide supplier (like ESPN, ABC, NBA TV or TNT). 

How lengthy does the season go? 

The NBA resumed its common season on July 30 and can finish on Aug. 14, with any play-in video games going down, if vital, on Aug. 15 and 16. 

Every of the invited groups will play eight regular-season video games to each determine seeding and prepare for the playoffs. The precise schedule for every of the groups can be found on, though video games — at the least for a lot of the last weeks of the common season — will typically be performed all through the day. 

When do the playoffs begin? 

The playoffs will start on Aug. 17. Sport 7 of the NBA Finals will happen, if vital, no later than Oct. 13. 

Which groups are in? 

The 22 groups invited to Orlando for the restart consists of the 16 groups that may have certified for the playoffs on the time of the restart, plus six groups that have been six video games or fewer from the eighth and last playoff seed of their respective conferences. 

Japanese Convention

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Boston Celtics
  • Miami Warmth
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Orlando Magic
  • Washington Wizards

Western Convention

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Utah Jazz
  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder
  • Houston Rockets
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Portland Path Blazers
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Phoenix Suns

The opposite remaining eight groups are all completed for the yr and might start prepping for the offseason and NBA Draft, which shall be held on Oct. 16. Higher luck subsequent yr, Knicks followers. 

Which gamers are sitting out? 

Whether or not it is from damage, constructive COVID-19 assessments or every other cause, like a priority about getting damage or catching the coronavirus, there are a variety of notable gamers sitting out the restart. 

  • Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
  • DeAndre Jordan (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Taurean Prince (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Wilson Chandler (Brooklyn Nets)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs) 
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz)
  • Willie Cauley-Stein (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Avery Bradley (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
  • Davis Bertans (Washington Wizards)
  • Thabo Sefolosha (Houston Rockets)
  • Trevor Ariza (Portland Path Blazers)

Among the many gamers listed, Jordan, Prince and Dinwiddie all tested positive for the coronavirus

Pacers star Victor Oladipo was initially planning to take a seat out the restart however is taking part in now.

How does the play-in match work?

This is how it will all go down, in accordance with an FAQ posted on

“If the group with the eighth-best file in its convention is greater than 4 video games forward of the group with the ninth-best file in the identical convention, no play-in match can be vital. The ultimate playoff berth would merely go to the group with the eighth-best file (regular-season video games plus seeding video games)” in that respective convention. 

However, the positioning continues, “if the group with the eighth-best file in its convention is 4 video games or fewer forward of the group with the ninth-best file in the identical convention, then we’ll have a battle for the ultimate spot between these two groups.

“The match [would] mainly be a best-of-two collection — the place the No. 9 seed must win two head-to-head matchups to take over the No. eight spot.” 

The place are the video games being held? 


Disney’s ESPN Huge World of Sports activities advanced would be the residence of the NBA motion. 


The NBA is utilizing three totally different venues on the ESPN Huge World of Sports activities campus: The HP Subject Home, Visa Athletic Middle and a web site Disney calls “The Area.”

The HP Subject Home has been beforehand used to host an NCAA Division I males’s basketball match known as the Orlando Invitational. Its subsequent match — that includes the likes of Auburn, Michigan State and Gonzaga — is currently set to run Thanksgiving weekend.

The place are the gamers staying? What do they do when not taking part in? 

The gamers, group workers and their personnel and households are divided throughout three totally different Disney properties: the Grand Destino, the Grand Floridian and the Yacht Membership. 

The inns are sorted by group standings, with high seeds just like the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors and Clippers staying on the Grand Destino, which opened final yr. Groups which are on the playoff bubble — just like the Blazers, Kings and Pelicans — are staying at Disney’s Yacht Membership. 

As Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania notes, when not taking part in gamers can attend different video games, go to film screenings and play video games, plus reap the benefits of swimming pools, trails, barbers, manicurists and pedicurists.

Ping-pong can be out there, however simply singles video games. Doubles will not be allowed so as to keep social distancing, as identified by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

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Eli Blumenthal