The NBA playoff is underway. We are in the finals where games will air on ABC. I recommend one of the options below to watch.
- Best Options To Stream the NBA Playoffs Live
- Fubo TV– Streams ABC live in most markets and offers a 1-week free trial
- Hulu Live TV – Streams ABC nearly everywhere and offers a 1-week-free-trial
- DIRECTV Stream – Streams ABC. Sign up here. If you cancel service within 14 days, you get a full refund
- YouTube TV– Streams ABC live and offers a free trial
Read on for more details on the NBA Playoffs, and other viewing options as well.
NBA Playoffs TV Schedule
This section will cover the current NBA playoffs TV schedule. We will update this section thoughout the playoffs.
The Milwaukee Bucks lead the Phoenix Suns in the series 3 games to 2 going in to game six
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns
Watch NBA Playoffs Live Without Cable
The 2021 NBA Playoffs and Play-In tournament will air on a combination of channels. To watch the Play-in Tournament on May 18 through May 21, you will need ESPN and TNT to watch. To watch the NBA playoffs from May 22 on, you will need ABC, TNT, NBA TV, ESPN, and ESPN2. The streaming services below offer those channels so you can watch the NBA post-season live without cable. We cover these services below, but you can also take a look at the following channel guides on options for watching each channel:
FuboTV has rapidly increased the number of locations where they stream the live local ABC network. Currently, FuboTV delivers ABC in 184 of 210 TV markets in the US. However, fuboTV most of the larger TV markets and streams live ABC in 97% of U.S. households. They also carry TNT, NBA TV, ESPN, and ESPN2 so you can watch the playoffs. However, they do not have TNT, so you may miss a few Play-In Tournament games.
You can check out a free trial to FuboTV here. Here are some of fuboTV’s features:
- ABC, TNT, NBA TV, ESPN, ESPN2, and more (NBA TV is in the Fubo’s Extra Package)
- Over 100 channels are available in fuboTV’s channel lineup
- You can watch it on three screens at the same time
- 250 hours of cloud DVR storage
- The FuboTV app is available on major platforms, including Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV, and more.
For more information on FuboTV features please see out Fubo TV review.
How Much: FuboTV costs $64.99 per month.
DIRECTV Stream offers live ABC, TNT, ESPN, and ESPN2 in all DIRECTV Stream plans. The most affordable is the “Entertainment” package for $69.99 a month, along with a ton of cable TV and other broadcast networks. NBA TV is available in the “Choice” package. AT&T offers ABC in over half the markets in the US. You can sign up on AT&T’s Website. If you cancel service within 14 days, you get a full refund. You can sign up and pay month to month with no long-term commitment. If you cancel within the first 14 days, you receive a full refund. You can also see our review of DIRECTV Stream for more details.
- watch 20 streams simultaneously per subscription
- a cloud-based DVR
- channels like ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, TNT, NBA TV and more
- supported on AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and more
How Much: $69.99 per month through it’s “Entertainment” package.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu offers a live TV service that carries ABC, TNT, ESPN, and ESPN2 along with other cable TV and broadcast networks. Therefore, you can watch The NBA Finals as it airs on ABC. To see if live ABC is available in your area, you can use this tool: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zipcode.
Hulu + Live TV includes a cloud DVR service allowing you to record episodes when they air so you can watch them on demand if you cannot watch them live. The service is supported on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Android, and more. You can read more about Hulu in our review of Hulu. There isn’t a month to month contract, so you can sign up to test the service without fear of a long term commitment. You can sign up for Hulu Live TV using this link: Sign up for a free trial to Hulu + Live TV.
How Much: $64.99 per month.
YouTube TV is another great option to watch the NBA Playoffs live. YouTubeTV offers live ABC, TNT, ESPN, and ESPN2 with its streaming service in all markets in the US. Youtube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app isn’t available on Roku. However, users can use YouTube TV through the YouTube app on Roku devices.
YouTube TV provides:
- ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, NBA TV, and over 70 other channels
- unlimited cloud DVR storage
- stream on three devices at once
- Youtube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app isn’t available on Roku. However, users can use YouTube TV through the YouTube app on Roku devices.
- Includes Youtube TV on-demand
- offers a free trial.
Check our review of YouTube TV for more details.
How Much: $64.99 per month.
How The 2021 NBA Playoffs Work
The 2021 NBA Playoffs will see 8 teams from the Western Conference and 8 teams from the Eastern conference compete in a best-of-seven series until the 2021 NBA Champion is crowned. The number 1 through number 6 team in the standings from each conference are already guaranteed a playoff spot and seeded by their place in the standings. The teams ranked 7 through 10 in each conference will play a Play-In Tournament that determines the 7th and 8th playoff seed in their conference. The Play-In tournament will work as follows:
- Each conference’s Nos. 7 and 8 teams will face-off, with the winner earning the No. 7 seed in the playoffs. The loser still has a shot at entering the playoffs.
- The 9th and 10th ranked team from each conference will face off. The loser is eliminated from contention.
- The winner of the #9 vs. # 10 games will play the loser of the #7 vs. #8 game. The winner of that game will get the #8 seed in their conference.
Current NBA Playoff Standings
Below are the teams current rank in each conference
- Trail Blazers
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