How to watch the NBA when the basketball season restarts on July 30

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives to the basket as Milwaukee Bucks' Wesley Matthews (9), Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Khris Middleton (22) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell driving to the basket against a trio of Milwaukee Bucks’ players during a game earlier this season.
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  • The 2019-20 NBA season will officially resume on July 30 with a doubleheader on TNT, and the league will air 16 scrimmages on NBA TV between July 22 and July 28.
  • Twenty-two NBA teams have been quarantined at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, giving them a chance to complete this year’s season and compete for a championship.
  • The 2020 NBA Playoffs are set to begin August 17, while the 2020 NBA Finals will begin September 30.
  • NBA regular season games will be broadcast on several channels, including NBA TV, ESPN, TNT, and ABC.

The coronavirus pandemic brought the NBA to a sudden halt on March 11 when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. At the time, teams were more than 60 games into the 82-game season and preparing for the playoffs.

Four months later, hundreds of NBA players, coaches, and staff have quarantined themselves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, for the NBA Restart, giving 22 of the league’s 30 teams an opportunity to complete the season and win the 2020 NBA Finals.

As of July 20, the NBA reported that none of the 346 players in the NBA Restart “bubble” had tested positive for coronavirus. However, ongoing family concerns, injuries, and logistical issues could still keep some players from joining their teams for the NBA Restart, and the league is allowing players to leave and re-enter the bubble for serious matters, with permission.

NBA Restart scrimmages are exclusive to NBA TV and NBA League Pass

NBA Restart Court
Black Lives Matter and the NBA Restart slogan decorate the court at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
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The NBA began airing scrimmage games from the restart bubble on NBA TV and NBA League Pass on July 22 and will air a total of 16 games before July 28. Schedule and scrimmage times are available on NBA.com, though only about half of the 33 scrimmages will be broadcast.

If you’re not an NBA TV cable subscriber, you can pay $20 for NBA TV streaming for the rest of the season, or $5.99 for a single game.

NBA regular season games will resume on July 30 on NBA TV, ESPN, TNT, ABC, and local stations.

LeBron/Zion
NBA all-star Lebron James and 2019’s #1 draft pick Zion Williamson.
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The 2019-20 NBA season will resume with a doubleheader on July 30. The Utah Jazz will play the New Orleans Pelicans and the LA Clippers will play the Los Angeles Lakers, with both games airing on TNT.

All 22 teams in the NBA Restart bubble will play eight seeding games to determine which 16 teams make this year’s playoffs. Seeding games will be played daily through Friday, August 14. The NBA has posted exact schedule information for the games through August 12, including times and available stations. August 15 and 16 will remain open for potential playoff play-in games, if two or more teams are tied in the standings at the end of the regular season.

Select games will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV. Local affiliate stations will still have broadcast rights to their team’s seeding games. For streaming access to NBA games, we recommend using a live TV streaming service, like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TVAT&T TV, and YouTube TV

Of those options, AT&T TV Choice and YouTube TV both include access to ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV. Each service costs $64.99 a month.

Meanwhile, Hulu + Live TV includes access to ESPN, ABC, and TNT for $54.99 a month. With that said, Hulu + Live does not offer NBA TV. Finally, Sling TV Orange with the Sports Extra add-on offers access to ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $40 a month. ABC, however, is not included with Sling TV.

The NBA Playoffs will start August 17, with the NBA Finals beginning September 30

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard takes a selfie holding his playoffs MVP trophy during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Kawhi Leonard celebrates in Toronto after winning last year’s NBA Finals.
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The NBA Playoffs will begin on August 17, using the standard NBA playoff format. Each seven game playoff series will be played on a shorter schedule than past years, meaning players have less time to rest between games.

The NBA will post dates, times, and network information for playoff games once the playoff bracket and first round matchups are confirmed. The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on September 30th, and the last possible date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals is October 13, 2020.

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