How to watch tonight’s fire Clippers vs. Rockets matchup online

NBA fans will be treated to an early evening matchup between clubs with eyes on the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Wednesday, as the Los Angeles Clippers pay the Rockets a visit at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston.

Winners of five of their last five games, the Clippers come in off a quality win over the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors, 98-88. While he didn’t shoot particularly well, superstar Kawhi Leonard barely missed a triple-double against his old team, while Lou Williams–another former Raptor–scored 21 off the bench. 

Paul George, who’s been out recovering from shoulder injuries, is expected to make his debut during the current road trip, likely against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.

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The Rockets are winners of four straight, including a 122-116 win over the young and feisty New Orleans Pelicans. Once again, though only shooting just over 40% for the season, former league MVP James Harden leads the NBA in scoring (37.3 ppg). Houston will attempt to play over the top of what most experts believe will round out as the league’s best defense in a fully-healthy Clippers. 

Here’s everything you need to know about streaming the action.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets

  • When: 7:30pm ET, Wednesday, Nov. 13 
  • Where: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
  • 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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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets: What to watch for

The major key for the game: More injuries!

Rockets announced shooting guard Eric Gordon will be out for six weeks after knee surgery on Tuesday. 

“Eric [Gordon] is going to have a procedure on his knee to clean up some stuff, and he will likely be out up to six weeks,” said head coach Mike D’Antoni in a presser. “It’s been bothering him since the middle of last year. I think he’s probably relieved that he can clean it up, get it going, so he can come as back strong as ever.”

Gordon has been a trooper, playing roughly 30 minutes per game, though it was clearly affecting his performance. The former sixth man of the year has averaged 10.9 points per game, shooting just 30.9% shooting over 10 games–including 28.4% from 3. With Danuel House also out (back), Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore will likely eat those minutes in Gordon’s stead. 

NBA podcast: Week 4 review

Check out the author’s NBA podcast covering news of the last seven days in the league. We also dive into Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters’ gummy debacle and the Knicks’ front office taking over a press conference after a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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.