The Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets tip off their seasons on Wednesday in a Western Conference clash.
The game (8 p.m. ET start time) will be televised on AT&T SportsNet Southwest for those who live in the Rockets market and Bally Sports North for those who live in the Timberwolves market. It will also stream live on NBA League Pass for everyone out of market.
Here’s a full rundown of how you can watch a live stream of the Rockets vs Timberwolves, with your options depending on where you live:
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If the Game is in Your Market
Note: This option is for viewers in the Rockets and Timberwolves markets
DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” AT&T SportsNet Southwest and Bally Sports North (both live in local markets) are included in “Choice” and up.
You can sign up right here:
Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch the Rockets vs Timberwolves live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.
If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours).
Note: This option is for viewers in the Rockets market
You can watch a live stream of AT&T SportsNet Southwest (live in local markets) and 100-plus other live TV channels (TNT not included) on FuboTV, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Rockets vs Timberwolves live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most games on-demand within three days of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.
If the Game is out of Your Market
Note: This is ultimately the same as regular NBA League Pass (more info on that below), but with this option you’ll be able to watch games on the Amazon app, which tends to be available on more devices than the NBA app
Amazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch every out-of-market NBA game via Prime Channels. You can try both Amazon Prime and the NBA League Pass channel at no cost with a free trial:
Once you’re signed up for the Prime NBA League Pass channel, out-of-market viewers can watch the Rockets vs Timberwolves live or on-demand on the Amazon Video app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, various smart TV’s, Xiaomi, Echo Show or Echo Spot, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.
You can also watch on your computer via the Amazon website.
Again, this is mostly the same as the Amazon Prime option above, with the big difference being you’ll watch on NBA’s platforms rather than Amazon’s:
Once signed up for NBA League Pass, out-of-market viewers can watch the Rockets vs Timberwolves live or on-demand on the NBA app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or 5, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, Android tablet or other compatible device.
You can also watch on your computer via the NBA website.
Rockets vs Timberwolves Preview
Minnesota has a deep, young team going up against a Houston team that’s rebuilding after trading star James Harden to Brooklyn last season.
The Wolves have stars Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, and D’Angelo Russell. Notably, the three former high-first round picks only played eight games together last season according to NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner.
“I’m hungry to build a winner,” Wolves head coach Chris Finch told the Star Tribune’s Chris Hine. “I really love where we are right now with our on-court talent. Organizationally, it feels like we have great energy in the building. Synergy with (Wolve vice president) Sachin (Gupta). New ownership giving us a shot in the arm. Glen (Taylor) seems like, in my short time with him, he seems to have a pep in his step, which is really fun to see, and he’s been great.”
Veteran guard Patrick Beverley joined the team via a trade after helping the Los Angeles Clippers reach the Western Conference Finals. He has to sit out this game due to a league suspension from that playoff series.
The Wolves also have Malik Beasley, Jaden McDaniels, Taurean Prince, Josh Okogie, and Naz Reid as players to watch.
Houston added a couple first-round draft picks to is roster in Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun — both of whom will contribute this season. The Rockets also have a Jae’Sean Tate, who had a promising rookie season. Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. give the Rockets offensive punch, and Danuel House Jr. can hit three-pointers.
“His athleticism is, well, surprising,” Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said of Green per Sports Illustrated’s Michael Shapiro. “You see it on television and you think you know what you’re dealing with. But you don’t until you’re in person and he does something that makes everyone just say, wow.”
Finch knows the Rockets organization, having serve as an assistant coach there previously. Gupta was in the front office there, too.
“Houston was a very unique environment for me because I went into the Houston organization, which was just full of guys like Sachin and just really smart people who love the sport of basketball,” Finch told Hine. “No egos, just easy to work with, just generating ideas out of thin air about how to look at the game differently, improve it.”
The Wolves went 2-1 against the Rockets last season.