The Houston Rockets look to exact revenge for Christmas, on a Golden State Warriors squad that’s definitely not at full strength, but playing at its new home: Chase Center in downtown San Francisco.
Even with the Rockets’ addition of Russell Westbrook, James Harden continues to be his usual completely unstoppable self, averaging 38.5 points per game. He’s averaging an incredible 13.8 three-point attempts a game, and hitting 36 percent of them.
To further illustrate his offensive dominance, on December 19, Westbrook scored 40 in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. It was the Rockets’ 90th 40-point occasion in the last 10 years. Harden has 87 of the other 89.
Houston won’t be playing the Golden State team people are accustomed to seeing, with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson out with injuries, but don’t expect the Rockets to cut them any slack.
Channels included: TNT, ESPN (Sling Orange, Sling Orange + Blue), NBC Sports (Sling Blue, Sling Orange + Blue), and NBA TV (with add-on), ESPN3 (NBA on ABC games are simulcast on the channel with Sling Orange subscription)
has two distinct channel packages, both of which are priced at $25 per month. You want , which comes with both ESPN and TNT. From there you can add the Sling Orange Sports Pack for $5 per month to unlock NBA TV. That means you get by at just $30 per month. That said, if you live the Bay Area, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Portland, or Washington, D.C., you might want to upgrade to ($40 per month) so that you can get local coverage from NBC Sports. Theres just one drawback: Sling TV doesn’t offer ABC in its local channels (or provide an on-demand alternative). With most ABC live games, you can stream via the WatchESPN app. Heres hoping that proves true when it comes to streaming NBA games. Otherwise, youll want to invest in an HD antenna. (Heres a complete guide to .) As noted previously, Sling TV is the only service that allows you to include NBA League Pass as an add-on.
Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV allows you to stream NBA games without breaking the bank.
doesnt offer a way to watch NBA TV, but if thats not a deal-breaker, its a great way to watch NBA games online. Plus, each subscription unlocks Hulus deep catalog of TV shows and movies, so youll have plenty to watch after the final whistle blows. For an extra $4 per month, you can upgrade to.
Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the,,anime, and the must-see .)
Theres a good chance that youre already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up youll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
Channels included: ABC, NBA TV, TNT, NBC Sports, ESPN
Like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV offers just one package of channels, and its a stacked lineup for sports, with everything you need to stream NBA games. YouTube TV also includes , , , and CBS Sports Network. (You can find the full list of here.)
Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.
Real ballers splurge for NBA League Pass. The premium service lets you stream more NBA games than you could possibly count (basically everything thats not already on national TV or subject to local blackouts). Its a bit pricey, but you can save some money with NBA Team Pass, which follows the same broadcast restrictions but focuses on one specific team (all the games for the New York Knicks, for example). If youre only interested in specific matchups, you can buy single NBA games, and new this year, you can purchase just the fourth quarter for $1.99. Both NBA League Pass and Team Pass also offer games in VR.
You can order NBA League Pass and NBA Team Pass online from NBA.com or as part of B/R Live or a subscription. No matter which one you choose, its going to cost the same.
breakdown (the Christmas sale edition):
NBA League Pass (all teams): $199 per year or $28.99 per month (now down to $149.99 for the remainder of the season)
NBA League Pass Premium (all teams + in-arena stream): $249.99 per year or $39.99 per month (but now just $179.99 for the remainder of the season)
NBA Team Pass (one team): $119.99 per year or $17.99 per month (but now available for $89.99 from Christmas through the rest of the season)
NBA League Pass Audio: $9.99 per year
NBA League Pass single games: $6.99
NBA League Pass fourth-quarter action: $1.99 per game
Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors: What to watch for
The evolution of Draymond Green has been interesting, if nothing else. Without the shooters around himthe injured Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, off-to-Brooklyn Kevin DurantGreen is still a very good player, but not the All-Star level talent he was with the great (if even unusual) spacing he could play with, both offensively and defensively.
It’s funny now, but watch next season. Green will be on something of a revenge tour.
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