How to Watch the NBA All-Star Game 2022

Your favorite NBA stars are under one roof as Cleveland plays host to the 2022 NBA All-Star Game on TNT.

Alternate viewing experience

In addition to TNT’s traditional NBA All-Star Game broadcast, TBS will air an alternate broadcast featuring Inside the NBA‘s Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith.

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will air on TNT on Sunday, February 20, 2022. TNT is offered by most TV providers, though we recommend Sling TV for its inexpensive plans that start at $35 a month—especially if you’re only wanting access to the All-Star Game.

Featuring some of the best players of the year, the All-Star Game will coincide with the league’s 75th anniversary festivities. In fact, the All-Star Game also is not the only All-Star event taking place. There’s an entire weekend—aptly named the NBA All-Star Weekend—with activities centered around all things basketball. We’ll cover the entire 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend schedule further down. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

What channel is the 2022 NBA All-Star Game on?

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will air on TNT, which is only available through a paid TV service. It’ll be the 20th consecutive year in which TNT televises the All-Star Game. Wowza!

If you already have a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming service, your TV plan may already include TNT. We’ve created a table below to show which popular TV providers offer TNT in their plans and which don’t.

Our recommendation: Sling TV offers the best value for watching the NBA and that’s no different for the NBA All-Star Game. It’s an inexpensive live TV streaming service, and TNT is included in every plan. You can also get ESPN channels if you choose either the Sling Orange plan ($35/mo.) or the Sling Orange & Blue plan ($50/mo.). They also have a Sports Extra add-on package ($11/mo.), which gets you even more sports channels like NBA TV, FS2, and several college conference channels.

If you’re not willing to commit to a TV plan just to watch a single game, we’ve come up with some free options as well. More on that later.

Which TV providers offer TNT and the NBA All-Star Game?

Provider Type Price TNT Details
Cox Cable $53.00–$138.00/mo. View Plans
DIRECTV Satellite $74.99–$149.99/mo. View Plans
DIRECTV STREAM Streaming $69.99–$149.99/mo. View Plans
DISH Satellite $69.99–$104.99/mo. View Plans
fuboTV Streaming $69.99–$79.99/mo. View Plans
Hulu + Live TV Streaming $69.99–$75.99/mo. View Plans
Optimum Cable $74.99–$124.99/mo. View Plans
Philo Streaming $25.00/mo. View Plans
Sling TV Streaming $35.00–$65.00/mo. View Plans
Spectrum Cable $49.99–$99.99/mo. View Plans
Xfinity Cable $49.99–84.99/mo. View Plans
YouTube TV Streaming $64.99/mo. View Plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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How to watch the 2022 NBA All-Star Game for free

Sadly, no TV service offers a free monthly subscription with TNT included. But a free trial could get you the NBA All-Star Game and other NBA All-Star Weekend coverage for free. Currently, two live TV streaming services carry TNT and offer free trials that you can take advantage of.

If you go this route, be sure to cancel your subscription before the end of your trial so that you won’t be charged. Also, these free trials only apply to new customers. If you’ve signed up for any of these services in the past, you’ll need to use a different email address and payment method to take advantage of the free trial.

NBA All-Star Weekend schedule

This season, the NBA All-Star Weekend runs from Friday, February 18 to Sunday, February 20, 2022. For three days, the NBA will take over Cleveland, Ohio, with events for basketball fans of all ages.

While the NBA All-Star Game will air on TNT, other NBA All-Star Weekend events will also appear on ESPN and NBA TV.

Event Date Time (ET) Location Channels
NBA Crossover 2022 Friday, February 18–Sunday, February 20 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. (Friday)
11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Public Auditorium and Conference Center N/A
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Friday, February 18 7:00 p.m. Wolstein Center ESPN
NBA Rising Stars Game Friday, February 18 9:00 p.m. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse TNT
NBA All-Star Practice Saturday, February 19 11:00 a.m. Wolstein Center NBA TV
All-Star Saturday Night Saturday, February 19 8:00 p.m. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse TNT
NBA G League Next Gem Game Sunday, February 20 2:00 p.m. Wolstein Center NBA TV
NBA All-Star Game Sunday, February 20 8:00 p.m. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse TNT, TBS*

*Alternate viewing experience featuring Inside the NBA‘s broadcast crew.

What is the NBA All-Star Game?

The NBA All-Star Game is an annual exhibition game that began back in 1951. While its format has changed over the years, the original intent of the game remains the same: to see the league’s best players compete against each other regardless of team affiliation.

Like in MLB and the NHL, All-Star Game rosters are decided based on a voting process. Fans, members of the media, current players, and current head coaches vote for players in specific positions. Ultimately, 12 players from each conference are selected.

The player with the most votes from each conference becomes their own team captain. The other 11 players from each conference are then entered into the NBA All-Star Draft, where the two captains select their teammates. It’s a lot like playing basketball during recess, but only if your team had a combined net worth in the billions.

While the game doesn’t impact player statistics, money is donated to the chosen charity of each team based on which team leads each quarter and which team wins the game.

Final take

You’ll need TNT in order to watch the NBA All-Star Game. Luckily, TNT is available from most TV providers—the notable exception being fuboTV. Our favorite NBA-oriented TV service based on value is Sling TV. With it, you’ll get TNT and other sports channels for as low as $35 a month.

If you wanna watch more NBA All-Star Weekend events, you’ll need a TV plan that also includes ESPN and NBA TV. With those channels, you’ll be able to tune in to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the inaugural NBA G League Next Gem Game.


In this article, our basketball experts researched the best ways to watch the NBA All-Star Game and other NBA All-Star Weekend events. Because the All-Star Game is only available on one channel, we primarily compared services based on price and availability.

To learn more about our methods, check out our How We Rank page.

How to watch the NBA All-Star Game FAQ

Where is the 2022 NBA All-Star Game?

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will take place at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the newly remodeled arena previously hosted the 1997 All-Star Game when it was known as Gund Arena.

Where can I watch the NBA All-Star Game online?

You can stream the NBA All-Star Game on TNT by signing into TNT’s website or app with your TV provider’s login. You can also stream the game through a live TV streaming service such as Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV.

How can I watch the NBA All-Star Game for free?

One of the only ways to watch the NBA All-Star Game for free is to sign up for a free trial of a live TV streaming service that offers TNT. Services like Sling TV and YouTube TV offer three-day and two-week free trials, respectively.

Is the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on TV?

The 2022 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will air on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 18, 2022. The game will take place at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

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