With the conclusion of the real home arenas as COVID-19 restrictions relax – a welcome change after the 2020 bubble.and the play-in tournament, it’s playoff time. NBA fans can look forward to some high-stakes basketball almost every day until early July, with genuine cheers from thousands of in-person participants at
The playoffs continue on Tuesday, with a Game 2 streak. The early game features the Celtics taking on the Nets at 4:30 p.m. PT (7:30 p.m. ET) on TNT, while there are two late games tonight: the Lakers taking on the Suns at 7:00 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. ET) TNT and Mavericks visiting the Clippers at 7:30 p.m. PT (10:30 p.m. ET) on NBA TV.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch live, no cables required.
What is the schedule for the first round of the NBA playoffs?
The 2021 NBA playoffs started last weekend and will continue through the first half of the summer. The finals are scheduled to start on July 8 and could end as late as July 22. As in previous years, each playoff series has potentially seven games.
Here is the program for the next few days.
Tuesday 25 May
- No 7 Boston Celtics at No 2 Brooklyn Nets, 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT (Nets leads series 1-0)
- Los Angeles Lakers No.7 to No.2 Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on TNT (Suns series lead 1-0)
- No.5 Dallas Mavericks at No.4 Los Angeles Clippers, 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV (Mavericks Main Series 1-0)
Wednesday May 26
- No.8 Washington Wizards at No.1 Philadelphia 76ers, 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV (76ers streak lead 1-0)
- Atlanta Hawks No.5 to No.4 New York Knicks, 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET on TNT (Hawks lead series 1-0)
- No 8 Memphis Grizzlies at No 1 Utah Jazz, 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on TNT (Grizzlies leads series 1-0)
Thursday May 27
- No.3 Milwaukee Bucks at No.6 Miami Heat, 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT (Bucks leads series 2-0)
- No.2 Phoenix Suns at No.7 Los Angeles Lakers, 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on TNT (Suns leads series 1-0)
- Denver’s No.3 Nuggets at No.6 Portland Trail Blazers, 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV (series tied 1-1)
How do I watch the NBA playoffs on live TV without cable?
Four of the five majoroffer ESPN, TNT, and ABC (all except Sling TV), but not all services broadcast your local ABC station, so check the links below to make sure it’s available in your area. Sling, to its credit, will simultaneously air the games that air on ABC.
If you have FuboTV you will need something else to catch the games on TNT. Getting NBA TV, which will also have some coverage, may require additional fees.
Our top picks? For the most complete option and a better app, check out YouTube TV. If you want to get all the games at the cheapest price, Sling TV is the choice.
Google’s live TV streaming service offers all the channels you’ll need for the NBA Playoffs for $ 65 a month.
Read our YouTube TV review.
Sling TV’s Orange package offers ESPN and TNT for $ 35 per month. Although he does not broadcast ABC, Sling says he will simultaneously broadcast the games broadcast on ABC via ESPN3. Getting NBA TV, however, requires the additional supplement of $ 11 per month for Sports Extra.
Hulu Plus Live TV costs $ 65 per month and includes three of the channels you’ll need for the NBA Playoffs except NBA TV.
Read our Hulu Plus Live TV review.
AT&T TV’s basic entertainment package costs $ 70 and includes ABC, ESPN, and TNT. To get NBA TV, however, you’ll need to upgrade to the $ 85-per-month Choice option.
Read our AT&T TV review.
Will fans be allowed in the games?
As the 2020 playoffs unfolded in a bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the NBA played its 2020-21 season in regular arenas, with fans returning to the stadiums more and more as the Local COVID-19 restrictions have eased. Fans are allowed to participate in the playoffs this year, although the the exact number in each location will vary.