Clear your schedule tonight because the NBA Finals in the Orlando bubble is finally upon us! The Los Angeles Lakers led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis will go head-to-head with the dark horse Miami Heat after a 10-year title drought. The Heat surprised nearly everyone after Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo propelled the team over its east coast rivals to come out on top as the Eastern Conference champions.
LeBron James continues his dominance over the rest of the NBA in his 17th season, with his 10th NBA Final appearance – something that’s only been done by three other players in league history. With the help of his co-superstar Anthony Davis, the Lakers generally cruised through the three rounds of series in the Western Conference, never letting any series go past five games. Though AD and ‘Bron are almost certainly guaranteed to produce championship-like results, it’ll be up to role players like Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to step up and hit timely shots.
Jimmy Butler’s fourth team in three years is proving to be the one he needed to get a shot at the chip. The culture of the Miami Heat has been praised for not only trading for someone like Butler, who fits their core values to a tee, but also because it has facilitated the growth of rising superstar Bam Adebayo and rookie Tyler Herro. That same culture has given them the fortitude and resilience to take down the 1st-seed Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. The Heat are less top-heavy in their roster than the Lakers, and will need to count on their entire team to take the crown from LeBron.
If you plan on streaming the NBA Finals, remember that the entire series will be broadcast on ABC. The streaming services below that offer the channel are YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV and AT&T TV Now. While the ESPN channel won’t air the game itself, the ESPN app will give fans the option to watch it through several unique camera angles. Use the streaming guide below to find out how you can sign up in time for the action.
NBA Finals Schedule
- Game 1 on Wednesday, September 30 at 9 p.m.
- Game 2 on Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m.
- Game 3 on Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
- Game 4 on Tuesday, October 6 at 9 p.m.
- *Game 5 on Friday, October 9 at 9 p.m.
- *Game 6 on Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- *Game 7 on Tuesday, October 13 at 9 p.m.
How To Stream NBA Finals
YouTube TV offers more than 85 live channels, including ABC. While it comes with a hefty price of $64.99 a month, it offers a variety of supported devices, intuitive DVR features and enough channels to keep you sports fans occupied beyond the NBA finals, including favorites like TNT, ESPN, MLB Network, FS1 and more.
It’s also the only streaming service to offer NBA TV. Make sure to try out YouTube TV’s seven-day free trial if you’re on the fence about making a full commitment.
Hulu + Live TV
Widely considered one of the top choices for streaming sports online, Hulu + Live TV offers a one-week free trial to follow NBA games on ABC, TNT, ESPN, Fox and local channels in your area. You can also DVR games, watch live games on the go and check out Hulu’s massive streaming library of TV shows and movies.
The subscription may be pricey for $54.99 a month, but it could easily replace your cable package if you’re looking to opt out.
Sling TV’s Orange bundle offers a way to see the NBA games without shelling out a bunch of money. It comes with more than 30 channels, 10 hours worth of DVR and you can cancel at any time. Sign up for just $30 a month, or test out their platform with the three-day free trial.
AT&T TV Now
Formerly known as DirectTV, the rebranded AT&T TV Now is another option for the Finals on ABC. Their basic plan costs the same as Hulu at $55 a month. But if you time it right and the series doesn’t go to seven games, you can even potentially use the free seven-day trial to catch the championship series without paying a dime.
While you can’t catch the regular broadcast on ESPN+, you can still stream the NBA Finals through the Rail Cam, Layup Line cams and Above The Rim cam, which are all featured on the app. In addition, there’s pregame coverage 30 minutes before the game with Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Christine Williamson and Amin Elhassan.
Tons of other live sporting events are also available with an ESPN+ subscription for only $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year. Be sure to take advantage of the seven-day free trial offered for new users. If you’ve already subscribed to ESPN+, rake in more savings with the Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle deal for $12.99/month.
NBA League Pass
For devoted hoops fans, consider signing up for the league’s official streaming service for $39.99 for all teams and no commercials, $28.99 for all teams with commercials and $19.99 for just the NBA TV access. With every option, you can relive the past season and watch archived games.
As for the NBA Finals, subscribers will have access to games in the archives usually three hours after they wrap up. However, if there’s a local blackout, the game will be made available 72 hours after airing. NBA League Pass Audio subscribers will still be able to listen to the live radio for the games, though.
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