How to Watch NBA Playoffs Online: Schedule and Streaming Services

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  • The 2022 NBA playoffs began on April 16, and the conference finals began on May 17.
  • Remaining NBA playoff games will be broadcast on TNT, ESPN, and ABC.
  • You can stream playoff games without cable with services like YouTubeTV and Sling TV.

The 2022 NBA postseason began with a play-in tournament on April 12, and the playoffs reached the conference finals on May 17. Four teams are still battling for the NBA Finals, and this year’s league is guaranteed to feature a new champion after the elimination of last year’s winner, the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Boston Celtics face the highest seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Erik Spoelstra will coach Miami in their sixth appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals since 2011.

The Dallas Mavericks will face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all looking for their sixth NBA final.

Remaining NBA playoff games are spread across TNT, ESPN, and ABC. If you don’t have cable, you can watch those channels on live TV


stream

services such as YouTube TV.

Below we’ve listed everything you need to know about streaming the NBA Playoffs without a cable subscription.

How to watch the 2022 NBA playoffs

You can watch the remaining games in the 2022 NBA playoffs on ESPN, ABC, and TNT via cable or a live TV streaming service. ABC games are also usually simulcast on ESPN3.

If you already have a pay TV provider with access to those channels, you can stream NBA content from each network through their respective apps.

If you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service to watch NBA playoff games. Services with packages that support every channel you need to stream any NBA playoff game include Sling TV and YouTube TV.

Sling TV

Sling TV offers ESPN and TNT as part of the Orange plan for $35 per month. Sling doesn’t include ABC, but NBA games that air on that network are usually simulcast on ESPN3, which comes with Sling.

New Sling subscribers can get their first month of service for 50% off, making Sling one of the cheapest options for streaming the NBA playoffs.

YouTube TV

YouTubeTV includes ABC, ESPN, and TNT as part of its basic plan for $65 per month, and offers full access to all the major channels broadcasting the remaining NBA playoff games. New members can get their first three months for $55 per month.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV has ESPN, TNT and ABC for $70 a month. That is more expensive than Sling and


YouTube TV

but


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has the added bonus of offering a huge library of popular on-demand shows and movies. The live TV service even includes Disney Plus and ESPN+ at no extra cost.

2022 NBA Playoffs Match Schedule

Luka Doncic pumps his fist and smiles during a match in 2022.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will play in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in his fourth NBA season.

Jeff Chiu/AP Images


The 2022 NBA playoffs officially began on April 16. The conference finals began on May 17, and the finals begin on June 2.

Below, we’ve rounded up schedule details for the first four games of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. We will update this article with new schedule details if additional games are needed.

May 18

  • Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors (Game 1), 9 p.m. ET, TNT

May 19

  • Boston Celtics at Miami Heat (Game 2), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

May 20th

  • Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors (Game 2), 9 p.m. ET, TNT

21st of May

  • Miami Heat at Boston Celtics (Game 3), 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

May 22nd

  • Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks (Game 3), 9pm ET, TNT

May 23

  • Miami Heat at Boston Celtics (Game 4), 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

May 24

  • Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks (Game 4), 9 p.m. ET, TNT

2022 NBA Playoffs: Important Dates

The 2021-22 NBA postseason began on April 12. Here is an overview of the most important dates:

  • April 15 — Play-in tournament completed
  • April 16 – NBA Playoffs Officially Begin
  • June 2 – NBA Finals Started
  • July 19 – NBA Finals Game Seven, if needed
  • June 23 — NBA Draft

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