The Warriors will once again head into the season as comfortable favourites, but LeBron’s Lakers, the Rockets, Celtics and plenty of others will be looking to dethrone the champs and you won’t miss out when watching live on TV or streaming games to a mobile device.
2018/19 NBA TV Preview
The Western Conference has been home to a majority of the league’s best teams and players for a number of years, and now that LeBron has moved to Los Angeles that fact has been solidified even further. The young Lakers team will be an exciting one to watch, the Rockets will again be tough to beat despite the loss of Trevor Ariza, while the likes of OKC, Utah and Denver all have the potential to be high level teams. The Warriors, however, have their old crew back and have added four-time All Star DeMarcus Cousins, and will once again be the team to beat.
The Eastern Conference might not have the depth of talent that the West can boast, but their top end still has the potential to challenge for a Championship. The Celtics will lead the charge, entering the season with a full bill of health and a stacked roster, while the Raptors, fresh off picking up Kawhi Leonard in the DeMar DeRozan trade, could easily be a better team than the side which won 59 games last year. Rounding out the list of likely contenders is the 76ers, led by elite young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, who will be looking to take their team further still than the Conference Semi-Final they made last season, and you won’t have to miss a key minute when watching the NBA live online in Australia.
2018 NBA Live TV Australian Times (AEDT)
Thursday 13 December LIVE: Pelicans v Thunder at 12.15pm
Thursday 13 December LIVE: Warriors v Raptors at 2.35pm
Friday 14 December LIVE: Rockets v Lakers at 12.00pm
Friday 14 December LIVE: Suns v Mavericks at 2.30pm
Saturday 15 December LIVE: 76ers v Pacers at 11.35am
Saturday 15 December LIVE: Nuggets v Thunder at 2.05pm
Sunday 16 December LIVE: Magic v Jazz at 9.00am
Thursday 20 December LIVE: Knicks v Warriors at 1.00pm
Friday 21 December LIVE: Heat v Rockets at 12.00pm
Friday 21 December LIVE: Clippers v Mavericks at 2.30pm
Saturday 22 December LIVE: Celtics v Bucks at 12.10pm
Saturday 22 December LIVE: Lakers v Pelicans at 2.35pm
Sunday 23 December LIVE: 76ers v Raptors at 11.30am
Wednesday 26 December LIVE: Knicks v Bucks at 4.10am
Wednesday 26 December LIVE: Rockets v Thunder at 7.00am
Wednesday 26 December LIVE: Celtics v 76ers at 9.30am
Wednesday 26 December LIVE: Warriors v Lakers at 12.00pm
Wednesday 26 December LIVE: Jazz v Trail Blazers at 2.30pm
Shown as Sydney time on ESPN, adjust for regional differences. NBA on Free to Air is limited or not available at all in Australia. Full NBA replays to be shown through-out the week.
Watch or Stream the NBA Live
While the NBA is no longer on Free to Air TV, you can still watch the high-flying action before the final scores are posted, as ESPN will broadcast a minimum of 4 Live NBA games each and every week of the regular season.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel from Telstra Entertainment + Sport value pack. With the Sports Combo you can watch basketball live in the comfort of your home, and if you’re out and about you can stream the NBA free using the Foxtel Go app within minutes of joining.
NBA Players To Watch
Ben Simmons is primed to be the best player Australia has ever produced, and heading into his second full NBA season, will play a huge role as the primary ball handler for his Philadelphia 76ers. In an incredible debut season, Simmons averaged close to a triple-double last season, and subsequently won the Rookie of the Year award. He has the potential to become a top ten player within the next year, and if he is able to develop any sort of a jump shot, the rest of the league will be trembling.
LeBron James will head into his 16th NBA season still holding the title of best player in the world, and will for the first time carry the hopes of the league’s biggest fanbase. The new Laker will play alongside a uniquely constructed roster consisting of young talent such as Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as experienced players, though he has shown plenty of times in the past that, regardless of the roster he is surrounded by, his team will be good. He should have another unbelievable regular season and steer the Los Angles Lakers towards the NBA Championship Finals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is still just 23 years of age, but the Milwaukee Buck sensation seems primed to make a jump into the very top echelon of players in the world this season, if he isn’t there already. The Greek Freak started last season like an obvious MVP, and though he didn’t maintain the extremely high level, he still finished sixth in voting for the award as well as earning a place on the NBA All-star team. This season he will play under coach Mike Budenholzer, the best coach he will have had in his career, and another leap forwards wouldn’t come as a surprise.
Anthony Davis is, in the eyes of many, the likely successor to LeBron as the best player in the world. The 25-year-old put together an extraordinary second half last season to lead his Pelicans to a Playoff appearance, and will be looking to reproduce something similar from the outset this year. His ability to dominate the game at both ends of floor makes him a unique talent, and one who will no doubt be in the MVP conversation come the end of this season.