With both teams having lost their respective season openers Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Looking for a live stream of tonight’s Rockets-Mavericks game? There are a handful of options, depending on where you live and whether you have cable.
The best option for fans in most areas is NBA League Pass, which is offering a free trial through November 1. League Pass games are subjected to blackout restrictions in areas where a team’s local broadcast is available through a cable provider, so it’s not an option for people in the Houston or Dallas markets. Fans in Dallas can watch their Fox Sports regional broadcast (FS Southwest) on Sling TV, which also offers a free trial. Read on for details.
If you’re unsure whether you’re subjected to League Pass’ blackout restrictions, you can click here and enter your zip code. You’ll get a message letting you know which teams’ games are blacked out in your area.
Here’s a rundown of the streaming options:
If You Don’t Have Cable
Outside of the Dallas and Houston markets: Watch via NBA League Pass’ free trial: If you’re not in the Dallas or Houston market, you can watch the game for free via NBA League Pass. There are multiple subscription options that we’ll outline below. But the program has a free trial that runs through November 1. Click here to create an account and start your free trial. You can watch the game on your computer or through the NBA app on a smart phone or connected TV.
You can also access the NBA app on an Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire tablet, Amazon Fire FV, Amazon Fire FV Stick, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita or Roku.
If you’re interested in signing up for a League Pass subscription and watching games beyond November 1, the pricing options are as follows:
— A team pass for $119.99. This will give you access to every out-of-market game for one team.
— An all-access league pass for $199.99. This will give you access to every out-of-market game for the whole league.
— A one-game pass for $6.99. This will allow you to watch one out-of-market game at a time.
You can also watch the game through League Pass on Verizon’s go90 app. The app is free to download regardless of whether your’e a Verizon customer. But if you’re a Verizon wireless customer, you’ll have the added benefit of being able to watch the game on the app without using any data. Click here to download the app.
Full access to NBA League Pass through the Verizon go90 app does come at a cheaper price. The cost for NBA League Pass through the go90 app is $99.50. It should be noted that the Verizon go90 app is only available on mobile devices.
In addition to the ongoing NBA League Pass free preview, Verizon go90 is offering free access for the following dates: November 5-6, November 12-13 and November 19-20.
In Dallas: Watch via Sling TV’s free trial: If you’re in Dallas, you can watch the FS Southwest broadcast through Sling TV, an online streaming service that offers access to a growing number of networks for a monthly fee. You can watch the game for free by taking advantage of Sling’s free 7-day trial.
To sign up for Sling, follow these steps:
1. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.
2. When you sign up, select Sling’s Blue package, which costs $25 per month. You’ll also have the option of selecting Sling’s Orange package, and/or selecting “add-ons,” all of which come with a monthly fee but are included in the free trial. The Blue package is the only one that includes Fox Sports’ regional networks. Note: the Blue package is listed immediately to the right of the Orange package on the Sling TV website.
3. Download the Sling app on your desktop or mobile device, and navigate over to YES to watch the game.
If you’re on a mobile device, you can download the Sling app for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices.
If You Have Cable
If you have a cable or satellite subscription that includes FS Southwest you can watch the game via Fox Sports Go, by using either the website on a computer of by using the Fox Sports Go app for a mobile device or tablet.
To access Fox Sports Go via computer, click here. You will need to select your cable service provider and login using that information in order to have access to the game. Once logged in, simply select the Mavericks game from the available options and streaming will begin.
To download the Fox Sports Go app for an Apple device, click here.
To download the Fox Sports Go app for an Android device, click here.
The Fox Sports Go app is also available for the Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows Phone. Connected devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, XBox, Android TV and Google Chromecast also have access to Fox Sports Go. Click here for access.
ROOT Sports Southwest handles the coverage of Rockets games, and they do not provide a way for fans to watch games via the internet or mobile app/tablet.