It won’t be easy for the Warriors, with the Cavaliers, Celtics, Spurs, Grizzlies, Thunder and others looking to dethrone the champs, and you can watch the high flying action on a standard or HD TV, or stream the games live to a mobile device with a Free trial.
2018 NBA TV Preview
The East is dominated largely by the Cleveland Cavaliers, even though they were up and down last season, as well as being comprehensively beaten in the Finals. It was a great season though for Lebron James, who starred once again with support from Kyrie Irving, but with him now off to the Celtics, it will be left to his old Miami team-mate Dwayne Wade to fill that massive hole. The Boston Celtics were the surprise packets of last year. They are now one of the heavyweights via the additions of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. They are expected to go close to getting the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The West is all about the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have been one of the best regular season sides in recent years and that has seen them win two of the last three NBA titles, including a crushing win over the Cavs last season. This year is all about continuing their dominance and showing everyone they are top dog. They will have stiff competition from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who look very dangerous thanks to Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joining Russell Westbrook in search of that elusive NBA title. Their pre-season form has been patchy, but we know each three are big game players.
2018 NBA Live TV Times (ESPN)
Thursday 15 Feb LIVE at 12.00 pm: LA Clippers vs Boston
Thursday 15 Feb LIVE at 2.30 pm: Golden State vs Portland
Friday 16 Feb LIVE at 1.00 pm: LA Lakers vs Minnesota
NBA All Stars Weekend
Saturday 17 Feb LIVE at 11.00 am: All Star Celebrity Challenge
Saturday 17 Feb LIVE at 1.00 pm: Rising Stars Challenge
Saturday 17 Feb Replay at 7.00 pm: All Star Celebrity Challenge
Saturday 17 Feb Replay at 9.00 pm: Rising Stars Challenge
Sunday 18 Feb LIVE at 12.00 pm: 3 Point/Slam Dunk Contest
Sunday 18 Feb Replay at 7.30 pm: 3 Point/Slam Dunk Contest
Monday 19 Feb LIVE at 12.00 pm: NBA All Stars Game
Monday 19 Feb Replay at 7.00 pm: NBA All Stars Game
Shown as Sydney time on ESPN, adjust for regional differences. NBA on Free to Air limited or not available at all in Australia.
Watch the NBA Live – Free Trial Offer
While the NBA is no longer on Free to Air TV, you can still watch much of the action before the final scores are posted, as ESPN will broadcast a minimum of 5 Live NBA games each week of the regular season.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel Now 2-weeks Free live TV trial, which is open to EVERYONE and will telecast these same ESPN games Online*, as well as offering live NBA streaming to eligible mobile devices through Foxtel Go just minutes within getting started.
Next Week’s NBA TV Fixtures (AEDT)
Friday 23 Feb LIVE at 12.00 pm: Washington vs Cleveland
Friday 23 Feb LIVE at 2.30 pm: LA Clippers vs Golden State
NBA Players To Watch
Lebron James, what can you say about this giant of the game, regarded as one of the all-time greats. He tried his guts out for the Cavs in the Finals last year but unfortunately for him, he had nobody in support. He now gets his old Miami mate Dwayne Wade to Cleveland and if that duo can strike up something similar to what they did at the Heat, Cleveland will take some beating. But all the pressure and expectation will be on James.
Stephen Curry, not much more can be said about him and what he has produced so far in his career, and the scary thing is he will only get better. His overall playoffs form last season was hot and cold, but when it came for the Warriors to need someone to stand up in the big moment, Curry was the man and he delivered them another title. He should have another unbelievable regular season and steer the Warriors towards the NBA Championship Finals.
Russell Westbrook has always been considered a great player since coming into the NBA, and he finally got that recognition last year with the Thunder when claiming the MVP title. His numbers last season for Oklahoma were numbers that we haven’t seen and perhaps never likely to see again. It’ll be hard to match that, but he won’t need to with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joining City. He might not have the same numbers, but he will be just as dangerous.
For Australian fans, we really want and hope that Ben Simmons has an injury free year for the Philadelphia 76ers. Injury saw the young gun from Australia play no part last year for Philly after showing great promise in College Basketball. He’s had another pre-season under the belt and his Summer League form is quite encouraging. The 76ers won’t do much damage, but Simmons, hopefully, can be a shining light.