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 finally time for the playoffs. 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
This weekend is packed with action as the eight playoffs begin with Game One. busy saturday, Sunday’s first matches saw the The 76ers hold back wizards and the The Suns bring down LeBron James and the Lakers.
The playoffs began on Saturday, May 22, and the games will be broadcast live on ABC, TNT, ESPN and 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 begin this 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.
Sunday 23 May
- No.5 Atlanta Hawks at No.4 New York Knicks, 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET on TNT
- No.8 Memphis Grizzlies at No.1 Utah Jazz, 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Monday 23 May
- No.6 Miami Heat at No.3 Milwaukee Bucks, 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT (Bucks leads series 1-0)
- No.6 Portland Trail Blazers at No.3 Denver Nuggets, 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on TNT (Blazers leads series 1-0)
Tuesday May 24
- 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)
- No.7 Los Angeles Lakers at No.2 Phoenix Suns, 10 p.m. PT / 7 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. PT on NBA TV (Mavericks lead streak 1-0)
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.