How to Watch NBA Play-in Matches : If you were looking for a way to watch the play-in tournament, you may have turned to Reddit NBA Streams . Now that it’s been banned, what are the best alternatives?
After last night’s Eastern conference matchups, the 2nd ever NBA Play-In Tournament continues tonight. The highly controversial method of deciding which teams occupy the 7th and 8th seeds in the playoffs has been criticized by the likes of LeBron James and Luka Dončić.
Regardless, the league has decided to go along with it anyways, after the success of last year’s play-in tournament in the Bubble. This season, there will 8 teams taking part.
From the Western conference, the Lakers, Warriors, Grizzlies, and Spurs will be on the floor tonight.
How Does the 2021 NBA Play-In Tournament Work?
The format of the tournament is relatively simple:
- The 7th and 8th seed teams in both conferences will play against each other. The winner earns a spot in the playoffs as the 7th seed. However, the loser is not immediately knocked out.
- Next, the 9th and 10th seed teams battle it out. The loser is sent home, and the winner moves on to the next “round.”
- The winner of the 9th vs. 10th seed game will now play the loser of the 7th vs. 8th seed game. The winner of this game will occupy the 8th and final spot in the playoffs.
- The system is designed so that the teams with better records only need to win once, while the teams with worse records need to win both games.
We saw this format come to life with yesterday’s games. The Celtics beat the Wizards to grab the 7th seed in the playoffs and the Pacers sent the Hornets packing.
Now, Indiana will play Washington and the winner earns the final playoff spot. For a complete, in-depth look at the format of the tournament, you can read more here.
Today, the Western conference teams will hit the floor, hoping to cement a place in the playoffs. The 9 seed Grizzlies will take on the 10 seed Hornets at 7:30pm ET.
Following this, at 10pm ET the Lakers will play MVP favorite Steph Curry’s Warriors. The winner of this game gets a trip to the playoffs, where they will play the Suns in the first round
Both games will be broadcasted on ESPN. However, if you don’t have cable you may be concerned about missing the action. Read on to find out why r/nbastreams was banned and what the best alternatives are.
How to Stream NBA Play-In Tournament for Free?
If you simply can’t be around a TV tonight, then you can stream the event on Watch ESPN or their mobile app. However, you would need to already have a cable subscription for this.
A more viable solution for cord cutters would be to watch the game on a platform that carries ESPN, for example fuboTV SlingTV. If you’re already subscribed, then you’re good to go, but even if you aren’t, most platforms offer free trials.
Now might be the perfect time to take your free week/month.
Why Was Reddit NBA Streams Banned?
The r/nbastreams subreddit was one of the most valuable resources for basketball fans around the world. Links, which were reliable for the most part, were posted for every single NBA game.
Fans were also spoiled, considering they could watch every single game, the draft, and more in high definition. And the best part about all of this was that the streams were completely free.
No payment, no account, just a link with a couple of pop-ups here and there. However, the free ride came to an end when Reddit banned the page at the start of last season. So, why did Reddit ban one of their most popular pages?
The short answer to this question is that the subreddit was technically illegal. If you watch other sports, you probably weren’t too surprised to see Reddit make this decision. Before the ban, the page for soccer, cricket, and MMA streams were taken down.
Afterwards, the subreddits for NFL and MLB streams were given a similar treatment. The basic problem is that posting free links is a clear case of copyright infringement and leagues were starting to take notice.
Obviously, free streams lead to a loss of revenue for the league and broadcasters so action needed to be taken. Interestingly though, Reddit was never forced to ban the subreddit, but rather chose to do so according to their own repeat infringement policy.
The policy reads:
Our policy is to close the accounts of users, in appropriate circumstances, who have repeatedly been charged with copyright infringement. Sometimes a repeat infringement problem is limited to one user and we close just that user’s account. Other times, the problem pervades a whole subreddit community and we close the subreddit.
Plan for next season: What is the Best Way to Stream NBA Games?
Unfortunately, there are currently no entirely free and legal ways to watch the NBA. The owners of the Reddit NBA Streams page clearly haven’t gone into hiding, returning with a page called r/adamsilverfanpage, a ironic jab at NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
This time, the people running the page have been more careful so to not violate any of Reddit’s rules. Regardless, it is highly recommended that you choose from the following paid options to get your NBA fix.
Across the long NBA season, games are broadcasted on ESPN, TNT, ABC, NBA TV, and RSNs (regional sports networks). Therefore, it is hard to find a single streaming service that can satisfy all your needs given the variety of broadcast rights.
A number of platforms including, but not restricted to YouTube TV, fuboTV, Vidgo, Hulu+Live Sports, AT&T, and Sling TV offer their own unique packages.
The best thing you can do is look into each streaming service to see what they offer and at what price, looking out specifically for your local market games.
Another option to look into is the league’s official streaming service: League Pass. Technically speaking, this is the only way to watch every single game live and on-demand.
But there’s a catch. Only international subscribers will have access to every single game. Due to the blackout rules in the States, fans living in the US can only watch out-of-market games live.
Additionally, you can’t watch nationally televised games live either, which unfortunately includes the playoffs. Therefore, this service is of great use for hardcore fans, but it is especially valuable for fans who don’t live in the market where their favorite team plays.