Here’s the schedule for the next few days.
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Sling TV’s Orange package offers ESPN and TNT for per month. While it does not carry ABC, Sling says it will simulcast the games that air on ABC through ESPN3. Getting NBA TV, however, requires the additional per month Sports Extra add-on.
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Four of the five major offer ESPN, TNT and ABC (all but Sling TV), but not every service carries your local ABC station, so check the links below to make sure it’s available in your area. Sling, to its credit, will be simulcasting the games that air on ABC.
- No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks at No. 6 Miami Heat, 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET on TNT (Bucks lead series 3-0)
- No. 3 Denver Nuggets at No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers, 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET on TNT (Nuggets lead series 2-1)
- No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers at No. 8 Washington Wizards, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on ESPN (76ers lead series 2-0)
- No. 1 Utah Jazz at No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies, 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Series tied 1-1)
Check out the full playoff schedule at NBA.com.
- No. 4 New York Knicks at No. 5 Atlanta Hawks, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on ABC (Hawks lead series 2-1)
- No. 2 Phoenix Suns at No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers, 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET on ABC (Lakers lead series 2-1)
- No. 2 Brooklyn Nets at No. 7 Boston Celtics, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on TNT (Nets lead series 2-1)
- No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers at No. 5 Dallas Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET on TNT (Mavericks lead series 2-1)
Google’s live TV streaming service offers all the channels you’ll need for the NBA playoffs for per month.
- No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers at No. 8 Washington Wizards, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on TNT (76ers lead series 2-0)
- No. 1 Utah Jazz at No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies, 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET on TNT (Series tied 1-1)
Monday, May 31
How can I watch the NBA playoffs on TV live without cable?
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The 2021 NBA playoffs started this past weekend and will continue throughout the first half of the summer. The Finals are scheduled to start July 8 and could end as late as July 22. As in past years, each playoff series potentially runs seven games.
Our top picks? For the most complete option — and a better app — check out YouTube TV. If you want to get all the games for the cheapest rate, Sling TV is the pick.
If you have FuboTV, you’ll need something else to catch the games on TNT. Getting NBA TV, which will have some coverage as well, may require an additional fee.
The playoffs continue Saturday with four crucial games. The Bucks look to complete the playoffs’ first sweep against the Heat at 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET on TNT), after which the Nuggets and MVP favorite Nikola Jokic take on the Blazers at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET on TNT). Fans can then switch to ESPN to see if home court advantage can help the Wizards against the 76ers at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET), followed by the Jazz vs. the Grizzlies at 6:30 p.m. PT (9:30 p.m. ET).
Saturday, May 29
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Sunday, May 30