NBA Live 18 Controls List

NBA Live 18 controls list has commands and button layouts for basic and advanced defense and offense, and a lot more. In this guide, we’ll show you how to shoot and pass, the button combinations for dribbling, how to move both defensively and offensively, block, sprint, and all those other flashy moves.

NBA Live 18 Controls List
NBA Live 18 Controls List

Basic Offensive Controls

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Move player Left stick Left stick
Dribble moves Right stick Right stick
Shoot Hold and release Square Hold and release X
Layup Hold Square when near basket Hold X when near basket
Pass Tap X Tap A
Sprint Hold R2 Hold RT

Passing Commands

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Pass Tap X Tap A
Self Alley Quickly tap Triangle then Square Quickly tap Y then X
Lob Pass Tap Triangle Tap Y
Backboard Aley-Oop Quickly tap Triangle then Circle Quickly tap Y then B
Dribble Handoff Hold Circle Hold B
Alley Oop Double tap Triangle Double tap Y
Touch Pass Tap X while the ball is in the air Tap A while the ball is in the air
Flashy Pass Double tap Circle Double tap B
Closest to Rim Double tap R1 Double tap RB
Icon Passing Hold R1 + Square/Triangle/Circle or L1 Hold RB + X/Y/B or LB
Freestyle Passing Hold R1 and flick Right Stick towards intended player Hold RB and flick Right Stick towards intended player
Bounce Pass Tap Circle Tap B

Shot Types – Shooting Controls

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Jump Shot Hold then release Square or Right Stick Up Hold then release X or Right Stick Up
Lay-Up Hold Square when near basket Hold X when near basket
Dunk Hold R2+X near basket Hold RT+X near basket
Fadeaway Point Left Stick away from rim and press Square Point Left Stick away from rim and press X
Adjust Shot While dunk/layup is in the air, tap Square While dunk/layup is in the air, tap X
Putback While rebounding tap Square While rebounding tap X
Pump Fake Tap Square Tap X
Spin Gather While driving, double tap Square While driving, double tap X
Spin-back Jumper Hold Right Stick Down Hold Right Stick Down
Step-Back Jumper Hold R2 + Right Stick Down Hold RT + Right Stick Down
Eurostep While driving, hold R2 + double tap Square While driving, hold RT + double tap X
Floater Release R2 + Hold Right Stick Up while driving Release RT + Hold Right Stick Up while driving

Dribble Moves

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Crossover Right Stick in direction of hand without ball Right Stick in direction of hand without ball
Behind the Back Right Stick in Semi-Circle to the Left or Right Right Stick in Semi-Circle to the Left or Right
Dribble Modifier Hold R2 Hold RT
Spin Hold R2 + Right Stick in Semi-Circle to the Left or Right Hold RT + Right Stick in Semi-Circle to the Left or Right
In & Out Flick Right Stick Up Flick Right Stick Up

Advance Offense Controls

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Coach Panel Hold D-Pad Down Hold D-Pad Down
Play Calling Tap L1 Tap LB
Call for Screen Hold L1 Hold LB
Pick and Roll / Pop Hold L1 + Toggle L3 Hold LB + Toggle L3

Post Movement Commands

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Enter Backdown Hold L2 Hold LT
Backdown Hold L2 and point Left Stick towards Defender Hold LT and point Left Stick towards Defender
Aggressive Backdown Hold L2 + R2 while pointing Left Stick towards Defender Hold LT + RT while pointing Left Stick towards Defender
Hard Bump Flick Right Stick towards Defender Flick Right Stick towards Defender
Face-Up Release L2 Release LT
Post Spin / Drive Point Left Stick towards the basket and release L2 Point Left Stick towards the basket and release LT
Pro Hop / Drop Step While in Backdown, rotate and hold Right Stick While in Backdown, rotate and hold Right Stick

Post Defense

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Block Triangle Y
Pull Chair Right Stick to the Left or Right Right Stick to the Left or Right
Defend Spin Left Stick towards direction of Spin Left Stick towards direction of Spin
Take Charge Hold Right Stick Down Hold Right Stick Down
Push Back R2 + Left Stick towards Offensive Player RT + Left Stick towards Offensive Player

Basic Defensive Controls

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Move Player Left Stick Left Stick
Defensive Assist / Deny Ball Hold L2 Hold LT
Steal / Deflect Press Square Press X
Switch Player Press X Press A
Icon Switch Hold R1 + Square / Triangle / Circle or L1 Hold RB + X/Y/B or LB
Block / Rebound Press Triangle Press Y

Advanced Defense

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Intentional Foul Repeatedly Tap Circle Repeatedly Tap B
Take Charge Hold Right Stick Down Hold Right Stick Down
Double Team Hold Circle Hold B
Contest Hold Right Stick Up Hold Right Stick Up
Deny Ball Hold L2 near off-ball opponent Hold LT near off-ball opponent
Defensive Assist R2 RT

Defensive Pressure Commands

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Pack Paint Double Tap Up on D-Pad Double Tap Up on D-Pad
Star Focus Double Tap Left on D-Pad Double Tap Left on D-Pad
Coach Default Double Tap Down on D-Pad Double Tap Down on D-Pad
Pressure Shooters Double Tap Right on D-Pad Double Tap Right on D-Pad

Play Calling Commands

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Screen Play Tap Right on D-Pad Tap Right on D-Pad
Open Choose Play Tap Down on D-Pad Tap Down on D-Pad
Iso Play Tap Up on D-Pad Tap Up on D-Pad
Quick Play Tap Up on D-Pad to select the suggested play Tap Up on D-Pad to select the suggested play
Select Play L1 + Right Stick LB + Right Stick
Cut Play Tap Left on D-Pad Tap Left on D-Pad

Off-Ball Controls

Action PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Set Screen Hold L1 Hold LB
Push Off Hold R2 + move Righ Stick away from Defender Hold RT + move Righ Stick away from Defender
Box Out When rebounding hold L2 When rebounding hold LT
Box Out Swim Move Right Stick Move Right Stick
Have Teammate Shoot Press Square Press X
Spin Off Defender Hold R2 + Right Stick Semi-Circle to the Left or Right Hold R2 + Right Stick Semi-Circle to the Left or Right
Post Up Hold L2 Hold LT
Box Out Steer Move Left Stick while holding L2 Move Left Stick while holding LT
Call for Pass Press X Press A
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