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NBA Playoffs 2019: Schedule, how to watch and more



  Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Milwaukee Bucks as top seeds in the East in the NBA playoffs.


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For the first time since the reign of George W. Bush, the NBA playoffs will begin without LeBron James. He has led his team in the playoffs of the past 13 seasons, reaching the NBA finals with an astounding eight consecutive seasons. With or without James, the NBA playoffs remain a star-studded affair.

Defending champion Golden State Warriors, again led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, is the favorite, but a potential second-round match against league leaders James Harden and Houston Rockets await the scorer. In the East, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are in the lead, followed by Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics.

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When will the NBA playoffs begin?

The playoffs will end on Saturday, April 13th.

Which teams play in the NBA playoffs? Conference

  • No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Detroit Pistons
  • No. 2 Toronto Raptors Vs. No. 7 Orlando Magic
  • No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers Vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets
  • No. 4 Boston Celtics Vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers

Western Conference

  • No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers
  • No. 2 Denver Nuggets Vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs
  • No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers Vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder
  • No. 4 Houston Rockets Vs. # 5 Utah Jazz

How can I watch the NBA playoffs?

The playoffs are shown on four channels: ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.

WatchESPN.com and 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 .

More about live TV streaming services:

Streaming services with all four NBA playoff channels

Sling TV ($ 30)

Sling TVs 25-per-month Blue Package from Sling TV 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. Insert your zip code on the welcome page to see if ABC live feed is available at your place of residence.


Watch on YouTube TV


PlayStation Vue (50 USD)

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 just a few 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 has a live feed from ABC.


See Hulu with Live TV


FuboTV ($ 45)

FuboTV costs $ 45 a month and includes TNT and NBA TV, but not ABC or ESPN.


See FuboTV


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


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