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.

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NBA Live 18 Controls List

Basic Offensive Controls

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Move playerLeft stickLeft stick
Dribble movesRight stickRight stick
ShootHold and release SquareHold and release X
LayupHold Square when near basketHold X when near basket
PassTap XTap A
SprintHold R2Hold RT

Passing Commands

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
PassTap XTap A
Self AlleyQuickly tap Triangle then SquareQuickly tap Y then X
Lob PassTap TriangleTap Y
Backboard Aley-OopQuickly tap Triangle then CircleQuickly tap Y then B
Dribble HandoffHold CircleHold B
Alley OopDouble tap TriangleDouble tap Y
Touch PassTap X while the ball is in the airTap A while the ball is in the air
Flashy PassDouble tap CircleDouble tap B
Closest to RimDouble tap R1Double tap RB
Icon PassingHold R1 + Square/Triangle/Circle or L1Hold RB + X/Y/B or LB
Freestyle PassingHold R1 and flick Right Stick towards intended playerHold RB and flick Right Stick towards intended player
Bounce PassTap CircleTap B

Shot Types – Shooting Controls

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Jump ShotHold then release Square or Right Stick UpHold then release X or Right Stick Up
Lay-UpHold Square when near basketHold X when near basket
DunkHold R2+X near basketHold RT+X near basket
FadeawayPoint Left Stick away from rim and press SquarePoint Left Stick away from rim and press X
Adjust ShotWhile dunk/layup is in the air, tap SquareWhile dunk/layup is in the air, tap X
PutbackWhile rebounding tap SquareWhile rebounding tap X
Pump FakeTap SquareTap X
Spin GatherWhile driving, double tap SquareWhile driving, double tap X
Spin-back JumperHold Right Stick DownHold Right Stick Down
Step-Back JumperHold R2 + Right Stick DownHold RT + Right Stick Down
EurostepWhile driving, hold R2 + double tap SquareWhile driving, hold RT + double tap X
FloaterRelease R2 + Hold Right Stick Up while drivingRelease RT + Hold Right Stick Up while driving

Dribble Moves

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
CrossoverRight Stick in direction of hand without ballRight Stick in direction of hand without ball
Behind the BackRight Stick in Semi-Circle to the Left or RightRight Stick in Semi-Circle to the Left or Right
Dribble ModifierHold R2Hold RT
SpinHold R2 + Right Stick in Semi-Circle to the Left or RightHold RT + Right Stick in Semi-Circle to the Left or Right
In & OutFlick Right Stick UpFlick Right Stick Up

Advance Offense Controls

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Coach PanelHold D-Pad DownHold D-Pad Down
Play CallingTap L1Tap LB
Call for ScreenHold L1Hold LB
Pick and Roll / PopHold L1 + Toggle L3Hold LB + Toggle L3

Post Movement Commands

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Enter BackdownHold L2Hold LT
BackdownHold L2 and point Left Stick towards DefenderHold LT and point Left Stick towards Defender
Aggressive BackdownHold L2 + R2 while pointing Left Stick towards DefenderHold LT + RT while pointing Left Stick towards Defender
Hard BumpFlick Right Stick towards DefenderFlick Right Stick towards Defender
Face-UpRelease L2Release LT
Post Spin / DrivePoint Left Stick towards the basket and release L2Point Left Stick towards the basket and release LT
Pro Hop / Drop StepWhile in Backdown, rotate and hold Right StickWhile in Backdown, rotate and hold Right Stick

Post Defense

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
BlockTriangleY
Pull ChairRight Stick to the Left or RightRight Stick to the Left or Right
Defend SpinLeft Stick towards direction of SpinLeft Stick towards direction of Spin
Take ChargeHold Right Stick DownHold Right Stick Down
Push BackR2 + Left Stick towards Offensive PlayerRT + Left Stick towards Offensive Player

Basic Defensive Controls

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Move PlayerLeft StickLeft Stick
Defensive Assist / Deny BallHold L2Hold LT
Steal / DeflectPress SquarePress X
Switch PlayerPress XPress A
Icon SwitchHold R1 + Square / Triangle / Circle or L1Hold RB + X/Y/B or LB
Block / ReboundPress TrianglePress Y

Advanced Defense

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Intentional FoulRepeatedly Tap CircleRepeatedly Tap B
Take ChargeHold Right Stick DownHold Right Stick Down
Double TeamHold CircleHold B
ContestHold Right Stick UpHold Right Stick Up
Deny BallHold L2 near off-ball opponentHold LT near off-ball opponent
Defensive AssistR2RT

Defensive Pressure Commands

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Pack PaintDouble Tap Up on D-PadDouble Tap Up on D-Pad
Star FocusDouble Tap Left on D-PadDouble Tap Left on D-Pad
Coach DefaultDouble Tap Down on D-PadDouble Tap Down on D-Pad
Pressure ShootersDouble Tap Right on D-PadDouble Tap Right on D-Pad

Play Calling Commands

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Screen PlayTap Right on D-PadTap Right on D-Pad
Open Choose PlayTap Down on D-PadTap Down on D-Pad
Iso PlayTap Up on D-PadTap Up on D-Pad
Quick PlayTap Up on D-Pad to select the suggested playTap Up on D-Pad to select the suggested play
Select PlayL1 + Right StickLB + Right Stick
Cut PlayTap Left on D-PadTap Left on D-Pad

Off-Ball Controls

ActionPlayStation 4Xbox One
Set ScreenHold L1Hold LB
Push OffHold R2 + move Righ Stick away from DefenderHold RT + move Righ Stick away from Defender
Box OutWhen rebounding hold L2When rebounding hold LT
Box Out SwimMove Right StickMove Right Stick
Have Teammate ShootPress SquarePress X
Spin Off DefenderHold R2 + Right Stick Semi-Circle to the Left or RightHold R2 + Right Stick Semi-Circle to the Left or Right
Post UpHold L2Hold LT
Box Out SteerMove Left Stick while holding L2Move Left Stick while holding LT
Call for PassPress XPress A