How to watch NBA live stream in Australia for free

NBA live stream australia free

The best of the best in world basketball have tipped-off again in the 2021/22 NBA season. From the regular season and the All Star weekend to the NBA playoffs and finals, basketball fans want to know how they can watch all the live-action as the competition unfolds. Here we are going to show you how to do just that, as well as giving you this season’s most important dates and games to note in your diary. Game on!

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With so many of the big names missing out on NBA championship glory last year, this season is particularly difficult to call. Milwaukee Bucks are the defending champions after beating the Phoenix Suns in a 2021 Finals series that lacked many of the biggest names in the game.

But you can bet your bottom dollar that the likes of Lebron James and the LA Lakers, as well as star-studded sides like the New York Nets, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers, will all be putting their names into the hat. The fact that this season seems so difficult to call early doors suggests it’s going to go right down to the wire in both conferences.

With so much to play for, and so many sides packed to the brim with talent, you’ll want to know how to watch the biggest games live or later on demand in Australia. The great news is that there are several ways in which you can do this for free, whether you’re at home or on the move.

Thanks to broadcast rights that are spread across ESPN (Fox Sports/Kayo), Free to Air and the NBA League Pass, you can choose which games you want to watch and when. Check out the games available with these providers below.

NBA fixtures (Sydney time)

Here is the next round of live NBA games available to watch with sports streaming providers in Australia.

Date Event Time Channel
Wed, December 1stNets vs KnicksLIVE: 11.30amFoxtel / Kayo
Wed, December 1stSuns vs WarriorsLIVE: 2.00pmFoxtel / Kayo
Thu, December 2ndCeltics vs 76rsLIVE: 11.30amFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, December 4thHawks vs 76ersLIVE: 11.45amFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, December 4thPelicans vs MavericksLIVE: 12.30pmSBS
Sat, December 4thLakers vs ClippersLIVE: 2.00pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sun, December 5thSpurs vs WarriorsLIVE: 12.30pmSBS

Which providers will show NBA streams?

Here is the comprehensive list of sports streaming providers that will show NBA streams in Australia. If NBA fixtures are made available with alternative providers further down the line, this table will be updated.

Kayo SportsYes
Foxtel NowYes
Foxtel Now from TelstraYes
Kayo from TelstraYes
NBA League PassYes
Free to AirTBC
Optus SportsNo
Amazon PrimeNo
Stan SportNo

How to Stream the NBA in Australia

ESPN (Fox Sports/Kayo Sports) will televise 190 live NBA games during the 2021/22 regular season, as well as every match of the NBA Playoffs, Conference Finals and the Championship Finals. This includes replays of the games you may have missed.

It has not been confirmed whether or not there will be NBA coverage on free to air this season, meaning the only alternative to Foxtel and Kayo at this time is the NBA League Pass. Find out more about how to stream all the action with these providers below.

Stream NBA on Kayo Sports

A Kayo Sports subscription gives you full access to two ESPN channels that broadcast up to seven regular-season games per week, as well as the playoffs and finals. Kayo comes with a 14 day free trial (new customer only) so that you can check out all the best NBA teams and games, as well as over 50 other live sports.

Once your free trial is over you can choose between 2 monthly subscription plans that come as part of a no lock-in contract. The Basic Plan (stream on up to two devices at once) costs $25 per month, whilst the Premium Plan (stream on up to three devices at once) comes in at $35 per month. Both of these Kayo Sports plans come with the exact same features, the only difference being how many devices you can stream on at once.

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Stream NBA on Foxtel

NBA can be accessed via Foxtel and Foxtel Now, which both offer ESPN as part of their sports plans. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or High Definition TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more. 

You can watch NBA for free with a 10 day free trial offer, which includes the option to stream games using the Foxtel Go app. ESPN comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month) which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your free trial.

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Watch sport and entertainment with a Foxtel Now’s 10 day free trial. Access TV entertainment for only $25 /month, or add sport for a further $29/month after your trial is over!

Watch NBA with Telstra

Telstra customers can get great deals for watching both Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. With the Telstra Kayo Offer, you can get a $10 per month reduction on Basic ($15/month) and Premium ($25/month) plans. The Foxtel Now Telstra offer gives you the first month for free (including Fox Sports), meaning you will only need to pay for the sports pack on top. Both of these options come as part of a 12-month contract and include NBA games live and on demand.

Watch NBA League Pass

With the NBA League Pass, you can choose between annual or monthly subscriptions and gain instant access to live games and other NBA related content. This means, for example, if you would like to watch only the Playoffs, Finals or the All-Star Weekend, you can pay $39.99/month and cancel any time after.

You will also get every other game that takes place during this period live and on demand. An annual subscription, that’s every game across the course of the season, including All-Star and pre-season games, is available for $299.99/year.

Stream NBA on Free to Air

Free to air channel SBS broadcast 2 live games per week across the regular season from 2019 to 2021. The it is as yet unknown whether SBS will continue with these rights during the 2021/22 season. As soon as this information is made available, this section will be updated.

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NBA season highlights

Here is a breakdown of the NBA season, so that you know the key dates to look out for if you want to start watching at a specific time.

Regular Season

The NBA regular season begins on October 19 and runs until April 10. Games will be played across both East and West Conferences, with the top 8 teams from both divisions heading into the playoffs.

All Star weekend

The All Star Weekend is a celebration of everything NBA. It’s where the best players form the East and West Conferences go head to head in an annual fixture that is watch by millions around the world.

The All Star Weekend also includes the Slam Dunk and Three Point contests. This year’s All Star Weekend will take place from February 18-20.

NBA playoffs live

The Playoffs are when the business end of the season gets underway. This knock out format puts the top teams from each conference against each other until only one is left from April 16 to June 2.

NBA Finals

The NBA Finals are played between the winner of the East and West Conferences. They are played out over Seven games from June 2 -19 in 2022.

Best NBA TV Shows in Australia

Looking for even more NBA television TV shows to keep you up to date during the 2021 season and into the playoffs? Enjoy regularly scheduled programs including ‘NBA Countdown’, ‘Sportscenter’, ‘The Jump’ and more with ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo).

NBA Playoffs

Other sports to watch after NBA

If you’re looking for something to watch after the NBA, there are over 50 live sports available with Kayo and Foxtel. Check out some of our top picks available with the streaming TV providers here.

Streaming devices for watching NBA

Here is a comprehensive list of TV streaming devices you can use to watch NBA on your home TV or mobile.


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