How to stream Bucks vs. Clippers

NBA fans will be treated to a matchup between two clubs with championship aspirations on Wednesday, as the Milwaukee Bucks pay the Los Angeles Clippers a visit at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The Bucks are led by reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, in the midst of another MVP season, averaging 27.7 points, 14 rebounds, and 7.4 assists. He’s the only player currently ranked in the top 10 in points, rebounds, and assists—and the only player also shooting over 60% from the field. Khris Middleton is second on the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game. 

Reigning NBA Finals MVP and Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard will sit out, continuing the “load management” plan previously used by the Toronto Raptors—which eventually led to a rested Leonard pushing the Raptors into an NBA title. Wednesday will be the second time the two-time defensive player of the year has sat in the team’s first eight games. In the other instance, last week, the Clippers lost to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, 110-96. 

The Clippers continue to play without the team’s other major addition in star Paul George as he recovers from surgeries on both shoulders. No hard timetable has been set for his return to the court.

Here’s everything you need to know about finding an NBA live stream to catch the hardwood action.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Clippers

  • When: 10pm ET, Wednesday, Nov. 6 
  • Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles
  • Streaming: ESPN

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

WATCH: Is SlingTV worth it? 

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: $40 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

  • 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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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Clippers: What to watch for

The major key for the game: shooting and spacing for the Greek Freak.

This task will be much easier to accomplish for Antetokounmpo, given two of Los Angeles’ main defenders won’t be on the floor, in Leonard or George. Montrezl Harrell is a quality big but is too undersized to control the reigning MVP who should have his way without much resistance. Milwaukee is averaging a league-leading 121.3 points per game

“When everybody’s hitting on all cylinders, we’re a tough team,” Middleton said after the Bucks’ 134-106 steamrolling of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. “We’re already a tough team but when you got everybody hitting shots, everybody making plays, everybody guarding the way they’re supposed to it just makes things so much easier.”

NBA podcast: Week 3 review

Check out the author’s NBA podcast covering news of the last seven days in the league. We also dive into our list of “all-scrap” players.

Listen below (also semi-NSFW).

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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.