How to watch tonight’s Nets vs. Raptors matchup on NBA TV

The hobbled Brooklyn Nets (13-11) visit budding superstar Pascal Siakam and the NBA champion Toronto Raptors (16-8) at Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto.

Brooklyn comes in following a crushing 113-108 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, where rising star Devonte Graham scored 40 points (including seven threes) and led the team from a 20-point deficit to secure the win. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 24 points and six assists in the loss.

Toronto found themselves overwhelmed hosting the Los Angeles Clippers, and losing 112-92, in its last outing. It was the return of Kawhi Leonard, who got a grand ovation and received his championship ring for leading the Raptors the last season’s NBA title. Siakam scored 24 points, but the shorthanded Raptors only shot 35 percent from the field. Point guard Fred VanVleet was out with a knee contusion. He’s listed as questionable for the home game versus the Nets. 

His injury is not insignificant, given he’s played at an All-Star level in his first season with big minutes.

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Here’s everything you need to know to stream the action live.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

  • When: 7:30pm ET, Saturday, Dec. 14 
  • Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario
  • Streaming: NBA TV

How to stream NBA games: NBA League Pass

Real ballers splurge for NBA League Pass. The premium service lets you stream more NBA games than you could possibly count (basically everything that’s not already on national TV or subject to local blackouts). It’s 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 you’re 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 Sling TV subscription. No matter which one you choose, it’s going to cost the same.

NBA League Pass price breakdown:

  • NBA League Pass (all teams): $199 per year or $28.99 per month
  • NBA League Pass Premium (all teams + in-arena stream): $249.99 per year or $39.99 per month
  • NBA Team Pass (one team): $119.99 per year or $17.99 per month
  • 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

NBA League Pass devices: Amazon Fire TV and Kindle devices, Roku 3 and 4, Apple TVAndroid TV, Samsung smart TVs, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream View, PlayStation VR, Windows Mixed Reality, iOS, and Android devices

Stream NBA games: 5 ways to watch NBA games online

1) Sling TV

Sling TV has two distinct channel packages, both of which are priced at $25 per month. You want Sling Orange, 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 Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) so that you can get local coverage from NBC Sports. There’s 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. Here’s hoping that proves true when it comes to streaming NBA games. Otherwise, you’ll want to invest in an HD antenna(Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.) 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. 

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2) Hulu with Live TV

  • Cost: $44.95 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
  • Channels included: ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBCSN

Hulu with Live TV doesn’t offer a way to watch NBA TV, but if that’s not a deal-breaker, it’s a great way to watch NBA games online. Plus, each subscription unlocks Hulu’s deep catalog of TV shows and movies, so you’ll have plenty to watch after the final whistle blows. For an extra $4 per month, you can upgrade to Hulu with No Commercials.  

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)

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3) AT&T Now

AT&T TV Now channels AT&T TV Now

  • Cost: $50-$135 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll 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.

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4) YouTube TV

Like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV offers just one package of channels, and it’s a stacked lineup for sports, with everything you need to stream NBA games. YouTube TV also includes FS1, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, and CBS Sports Network. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels 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.

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors: What to watch for

On December 8, head coach Kenny Atkinson had hoped the team would have Irving back in the lineup with the next seven to ten days, healing for what the Nets termed a shoulder impingement.

“I think the plan is to continue to ramp up his individual on-court work, and I think from there it’s starting to integrate him in the next week or two into team practices,” Atkinson said. “Like I always say, that could be a planned practice or us making one up if the game schedule so dictates.”

Now, there’s significant worry that the injury could keep him out of action well into 2020–in fact, he’s yet to be cleared for contact. Irving missed his 10th straight game Wednesday, and has been ruled out for Friday night’s game in Charlotte.

Two specialists told The New York Post that the 27-year-old star is likely to sit out a few additional weeks, suggesting the injury is an indicator of a chronic issue with his rotator cuff.

He has averaged 28.5 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds in the 11 games he’s played for the Nets this season, but they had a losing record with him in the lineup. Brooklyn has gone 9-3 without him.

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Check out the author’s NBA podcast covering news of the last seven days in the league. We talk about how to fix the Portland Trailblazers, Adam Silver’s ratings/growth quandary, and identifying the best players to never win a title.

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Kahron Spearman

Kahron Spearman

Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.