ESPN is all set to bring the magic of the 2018 NBA season alive for millions of fans in Australia and New Zealand. This season, ESPN in partnership with Foxtel will once again offer the best NBA television coverage with more than 200 regular season and Playoff games, every event of the All-Star Weekend and every game of the NBA Finals LIVE.

This is way more coverage of the premier global basketball league than Oz has ever experienced before, and is aimed at creating a vibrant NBA presence in the region. In 2018, ESPN will telecast the NBA Playoffs to include 12 first round games, 12 Conference semi-final matches and each and every game of the Conference and Championship Finals. Other featured events include:

• 2018 NBA All Star weekend
• Minimum of 5 Live Games weekly
• The traditional Christmas day games (US)
• The 2018 NBA Playoffs and Championship Finals

NBA’s popularity has been steadily growing in Australia and New Zealand with fans asking for more games. ESPN of Australia and New Zealand have conveyed their commitment toward building and growing a strong NBA audience. The current programming deal extends over the 2018 season and is planned to lead on to a nine year multi-platform agreement.

So whether you’re a fan of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant’s Golden State Warriors, Lebron James and Kevin Love’s Cleveland Cavaliers or first overall draft pick the Aussie sensation Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76’ers, you may wish to check out Foxtel’s Sports package, which includes live streaming to Mobile devices with Foxtel Go.

2018 NBA Playoffs Live on ESPN Australia

Wednesday 23 May LIVE: Rockets v Warriors at 11.00am (game 4)
Thursday 24 May LIVE: Cavaliers v Celtics at 10.30am (game 5)
Friday 25 May LIVE: Warriors v Rockets at 11.00am (game 5)
Saturday 26 May LIVE: Celtics v Cavaliers at 10.30am (game 6)
Sunday 27 May LIVE: Rockets v Warriors at 11.00am (game 6)
Monday 28 May LIVE: Cavaliers v Celtics at 10.30am (game 7)
Tuesday 29 May LIVE: Warriors v Rockets at 11.00am (game 7)

Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Weekly NBA games not available on free-to-air in Australia.

Watch the NBA Live

If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to ESPN you may wish to trial Foxtel Now’s 2-weeks Free live TV Offer, which will broadcast the best of the 2018 NBA playoffs including every game of the Conference Finals and Championship series LIVE online*, while also offering live NBA playoffs streaming to eligible mobile devices using the Foxtel Go app.

Ways to watch and stream live sport
Foxtel from Telstra Entertainment + Sport Pack
Stream today with the Foxtel app
  • 12 Sport + 45 Entertainment Ch
  • Coverage of over 40 sports across 16 dedicated sports channels


Min. cost $448.03 over 12 months

Foxtel Sports Combo
Stream today with the Foxtel app
  • 12 Sport + 45 Entertainment Ch
  • Over 40 sports: AFL, NRL, Supercars and Formula 1®


*Min cost $155.03 based on direct debit for 1 month of Sports Combo incl. install fee.

Telstra Entertainment Bundle
NBN, ADSL2+, Cable and Velocity
  • Free Foxtel Now for 24 mths
  • Unlimited data
  • Telstra TV


Min. total cost $2,475 over 24 months

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  1. Jo Bennett March 4, 2016 at 2:33 am - Reply

    Poor programming decisions for NBA from ESPN. Golden State Warriors, which includes our own Aussies and the Sports MVP, having a record breaking season and you decide to televise none of their games for the next two weeks? Are you really committed to growing and building the sport?

    • Lisa Noble March 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      Totally agree!!!
      Warriors are who I want to see!

  2. Paul April 8, 2016 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Who’d want to see Warriors vs Spurs when you can see college ice hockey! Dosed in sarcasm.

  3. Ryan April 14, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Signed up to foxtel for nba disappointed in the lack of games aired

  4. Julia April 17, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I follow the Spurs …where are the games??? Instead there’s high school basketball etc.
    Why in Australia do we have such poor NBA coverage? Or there’ll be 2 NBA games played then they’re repeated up to a couple of times – is that what ‘up to 4 games a week means’ Unfortunately I don’t have access to broadband – only dodgy wireless internet. So I’m stuck with tiny bits of video and scores of games and searching the programming every week in the vain hope of seeing the Spurs – I’ve managed to see 3 games so far this season. The coverage is a joke.

  5. Adam Murray April 17, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Warriors have been on all fn season now. Try mixing things up and show different teams for a change. How about the Celtics Atlanta series.

    • Andrew Connolly April 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      The only way you can watch that series is with NBA League Pass. Warriors are on ESPN consistently because that’s the team the majority want to see.

  6. jade Chaffey April 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    oh my gosh what happened to being able miami.
    i miss being able to watch my team on fox ?.

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