With or without James, the NBA playoffs remain a star-studded affair. Now that the second round has started, defending champion Golden State Warriors, again led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, faces league leaders James Harden and Houston Rockets. To the east, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are the top seed and could play Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors or Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers – if they can do it through Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics.
Here is the string guide of the cutter to watch the playoff basketball.
How can I see the NBA playoffs?
The playoffs are shown on four channels: ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.
WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app along with WatchTNT.com and the WatchTNT app have live streams of games. However, to stream games with WatchESPN or WatchTNT, you must sign up with a pay-TV account. If you do not have a pay-TV subscription, you can watch the games with a live TV streaming service.
For more information on live TV streaming services:
Streaming services with all four NBA playoff channels
Sling TV ($ 30)
Sling TV's 25-month Blue package includes ESPN and TNT. This includes ESPN3, which simulcast the games broadcast on ABC. To receive NBA TV, you'll need to add the $ 5 sports supplement pack per month. (The Blue Plan is currently being reduced to $ 15 a month for the first three months.)
See Sling TV
YouTube TV ($ 50)
YouTube TV costs $ 50 a month and includes ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. Put your zip code on the home page to see if ABC live feed is available at your place of residence.
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PlayStation Vue ($ 50)
PlayStation Vue's 50-month core plan includes ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. You can see if a live feed from ABC is available in your area.
See PlayStation Vue
Streaming Services with Only Some NBA Playoff Channels
Hulu with Live TV ($ 45)
Hulu with Live TV costs $ 45 a month and includes ABC, ESPN and TNT, but no NBA TV. On the welcome page, click on the "See all channels in your area" link to see if your ZIP code provides a live ABC feed.
See Hulu with Live TV
FuboTV (US $ 45)
FuboTV costs US $ 45 a month and includes TNT and NBA TV, but not ABC or ESPN.
DirecTV Now ($ 50)
DirecTV's $ 50 Plus Plus package includes ABC, ESPN and TNT, but not NBA TV. You can use the Channel Lookup Tool to see if you get a live feed from ABC and your zip code.
See DirecTV Now
Originally released on April 12, 2019.
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