The first round of the NBA playoffs live streams has begun, and we’re fresh off the Knicks taking an L, as Trae Young became the most hated man in New York. As for tonight, the Heat vs Bucks live stream sees Miami trying to go up 2-0, and the Trailblazers vs Nuggets live stream has Damien Lillard looking to keep the upsets going.
Meanwhile in other round 1 matchups, the Nets, 76ers and Suns all took somewhat predictable wins — while the Grizzlies managed to upset the Jazz. Dillon Brooks led Memphis to that 112-109 win.
Again, the big story right now feels like how crowds are back. Madison Square Garden was rocking for game 1 of Knicks vs Hawks, which New York kept competitive to the last shot (but still lost).
If it feels like the NBA playoffs are happening too soon — well, that’s because the NBA season is a little shorter than the average, as the ripple effects of last year’s bubble season remain.
We’re now on the other end of the play-in games, and looking to see who makes it to round 2.
How to watch NBA live streams with a VPN
If you’re away from home, or you’re subject to regional blackouts, can’t watch the NBA live streams from where you are, you can still get the livestreams with a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN makes it so that you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town, so you can access the same streaming services you already paid for.
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How to watch the NBA playoffs live streams in the US
In the U.S., the NBA’s nationally televised games are airing on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.
If you don’t have a cable or satellite package, and have cut the cord, you can get those channels via live TV streaming services (depending on your region), including Sling TV, Hulu With Live TV, Fubo TV and AT&T TV Now.
Of these options, we recommend Sling TV, which starts at $35 a month and offers more than 50 channels, including ESPN (in its Orange package). Sling may not have ABC, but ABC NBA playoff games will be simulcast on ESPN3 — which Sling has.
ESPN and TNT are a part of the Sling TV Orange package, which costs $35 and comes with more than 30 channels. Get the NBA TV add-on for $10. Sling TV is offering $25 dollars off the first month.
Fubo.TV: If you love sports, you probably want to check out Fubo.TV. It’s got a 7-day free trial so you don’t need to pay up front. Fubo’s dozens of channels include local networks like ABC and ESPN. You can also add on NBA TV. Fubo doesn’t have TNT.View Deal
NBA live streams in the UK
Basketball fans in the UK can watch the NBA bubble games on Sky Sports, via Sky, BT and Virgin Media packages. Games are broadcast live, so tipoff times range from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. BST. Those without Sky Sports can pick it up from Now TV, with prices starting at £9.99.
Brits can also get the NBA League Pass UK package, which costs £42.99 and gets you the NBA live streams for the playoffs and finals.
NBA live streams in Canada
Canadian b-ball fans can watch the NBA playoffs on TSN, SportsNet and NBA TV Canada.
NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.
NBA playoffs schedule: Play-In games
Tuesday, May 18
- Hornets @ Pacers, 6:30 p.m. ET
- Wizards @ Celtics, 9 p.m. ET
Wednesday, May 19
- Spurs vs Grizzlies, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Warriors vs Lakers, 10 p.m. ET
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