NBA Playoffs Live Stream: When do the playoffs start? The first round tips off Saturday (April 14), with the San Antonio Spurs visiting the Golden State Warriors at 3 p.m. ET on ABC. First round games continue through April 29, when the assorted best-of-seven series conclude. The NBA website contains a playoff schedule, though only the first four games of each series have a time and channel listed, as any if-necessary games will be scheduled at a later date.
The second round and conference finals are slated to start April 30 and May 15, respectively, though those dates could be moved forward by a day or two depending on how quickly earlier rounds wrap up. Look for the NBA Finals to begin on Thursday, May 31.
What channels are carrying the playoffs?: ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV will share the first round duties. Subsequent rounds will be on ABC, ESPN and TNT, while ABC is your home for the Finals.
Will any apps carry the playoffs? ESPN’s mobile app (Android, iOS) will carry any games airing on either the cable network or ABC. Watch TNT (Android, iOS) picks up TNT’s games. For both apps, you’ll need to sign in through your cable provider to stream any games.
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What streaming services carry those channels?
What if you’ve cut the cable cord? You can still follow the NBA playoffs live, provided you’ve signed up for a streaming service. Here’s a look at which relevant channels the major services provide and what you’ll pay for that package. You’ll want to double-check to make sure that the streaming service carries your local ABC affiliate, as that can vary depending on your local market.
DirecTV Now: DirecTV’s entry-level Live A Little package includes ABC, both ESPN and ESPN2 and TNT. That package costs $35 a month. If you want to include games on NBA TV, you’ll need to upgrade to the Go Big package, which costs $60 a month.
Live a Little: 60-plus | Just Right: 80-plus | Go Big: 100-plus | Gotta Have It: 120-plus | ABC (live in select markets), ESPN, ESPN2 and TNT are included in all four bundles, while NBA TV is in the “Go Big” and “Gotta Have It” packages. You can find the complete channel list right here
Pricing Options: Live a Little: $35 per month | Just Right: $50 per month | Go Big: $60 per month | Gotta Have It: $70 per month | Plus, if you enter the promo code “YESNOW3” before checking out, you can get $25 off each of your first three months. For example, the Live a Little package will cost $10 per month for the first three months, or the Go Big bundle will be just $35 per month for the entirety of the playoffs.
Extras: You can watch on two different devices at the same time; 20 hours of cloud DVR (Beta stage) is included; Includes a “72-hour rewind” feature, which allows you to watch certain shows and events up to three days after they air, even if you forgot to record them on your DVR; Includes an Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months.
How to Sign Up: Head to the DirecTV Now website and select “Start your free trial now.” After creating an account, select your channel package and add the Amazon Fire TV if you want to prepay two months (this deal can’t be combined with the $25 off “YESNOW3” promotion). You’ll need to enter your payment information, but if you cancel your subscription within seven days of signing up, you won’t be charged.
How & Where to Watch: If you want to watch on your computer, simply return to the DirecTV Now website and navigate to your desired channel to start watching live TV on your browser. If you want to watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device, you can do so via the DirecTV Now app, which is free to download for the following devices: Amazon Fire TV or TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android phones and tablets, and iPads and iPhones. You can read here for more information on compatible devices.
You can also watch games that are broadcast on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the WatchESPN app. ABC games can be watched without cable if you have a participating internet service provider (ISP), but for ESPN and ESPN2 games, you’ll need to use your DirecTV Now credentials to sign in to a TV provider to watch.