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Stream the 2020 NBA playoffs online with a VPN

Updated: September 28, 2020
Stream the 2020 NBA playoffs online with a VPN

Watch the 2020 NBA Finals live on ABC, ESPN, and TNT

ABC, ESPN, and TNT picked up the broadcasting rights to the NBA playoffs in the U.S., meaning the best way to stream the games is with services that include these channels. There are a variety of such services with free trials available.

Stream the NBA Finals online on Sling TV

Price: 30 USD/month and up

Channels: ESPN and TNT

Sling TV provides access to networks that carry NBA playoff games, through their “Sling Orange” package. A three-day free trial is available.

To watch NBA live on Sling TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Sign up for Sling TV Orange.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the Sling TV app on your Android or iOS device.

Watch the NBA Finals live online with YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: ESPN, ABC, and TNT

YouTube TV gives you all of the networks carrying the NBA, and offers a five-day free trial.

The available games will depend on your location. You may need to supply a valid U.S. postal code (e.g., 10012, 48104).

To watch NBA live on YouTube TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Sign up for YouTube TV.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the YouTube TV app on your Android or iOS device.

Learn more about watching YouTube with ExpressVPN.

Watch the NBA Finals on AT&T TV Now

Price: 55 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN, and TNT

AT&T TV Now gives you access to all networks that carry the playoffs as well, they also offer a seven-day free trial. You will need to provide a valid U.S. address and credit card.

To watch NBA live on AT&T TV Now:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Sign up for AT&T TV Now.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the AT&T TV Now app on your on your Android or iOS device.

Learn more about watching AT&T TV Now with ExpressVPN.

Live stream the NBA Finals games on Hulu + Live TV

Price: 55 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN and TNT

Hulu+Live TV is another way to catch live NBA games and offers a seven-day free trial. You may need to supply a valid U.S. postal code (e.g., 10012, 48104) and credit card.

To watch NBA live on Hulu+Live TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Sign up for Hulu+Live TV.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the Hulu app on your on your Android or iOS device.

Learn more about watching Hulu with ExpressVPN.

Stream the NBA Finals on NBA League Pass

Want to catch every NBA game throughout the year with all the privacy and security of a VPN? NBA League Pass is your best option.

Price: 28.99 USD/season and up

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a fast and secure server location. To avoid any blackouts, chose a location outside of the United States or Canada. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to NBA League Pass and sign up. You may need to supply a valid postal code.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Follow the NBA Finals on ESPN Radio

Price: Free

While ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV hold TV broadcasting rights, ESPN Radio offers a free online audio broadcast of the season.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a secure server location in the U.S. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Head to the official website of ESPN Radio.
  4. You’re all set!

Listening on mobile? Fire up the ESPN app on your Android or iOS device.

What to expect from a Lakers vs. Heat NBA Finals

This season’s finals promises to be a clash of completely disparate styles. The Lakers are a team driven by veteran star power. Their combination of LeBron James and Anthony Davis is the most dynamic pairing in the sport, as each player is a defensive difference-maker with elite offensive skills that complements the other. While Davis didn’t come into these playoffs with much of a postseason resume from his time with the New Orleans Pelicans, he earned his clutch bonafides with a buzzer-beater in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

You can nitpick around the edges of this roster — and for a championship contender they aren’t deep — but when LeBron and AD share the floor this team is downright scary, especially when it comes to scoring at the rim. NBA teams usually live and die by their best players, and the Lakers’ best can’t be matched. If their role players like Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso, and Kyle Kuzma can elevate their games, this could be a very short series.

The Heat are looking to be one of the few teams in recent history to win a title without a top-5 talent on the roster. Jimmy Butler is this team’s catalyst, but they feature an egalitarian attack centered around three-point shooters like Goran Dragic, Jae Crowder, Duncan Robinson, and fearless rookie Tyler Herro – who went off for 37 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. If they’re going to beat this Lakers team, their superior perimeter shooting will have to come through.

On defense, the Heat can be suffocating, thanks to the combination of Butler’s tenacity and the flexibility of Bam Adebayo. At 6’9” 255 lbs, Adebayo is almost the exact same size as James, and has the wingspan to bother Davis down low. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also has an ace up his sleeve in the form of a zone defense scheme that flummoxed the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. While this Heat team has to be considered the underdog in this series, they can make it tough for even the league’s best offenses to fill the bucket.

2020 NBA Finals schedule

Here is the list of upcoming games for the 2020 NBA Finals. A asterisks beside a game indicates that it will only be played if necessary.

Date and time (ET)Where to watch?
September 30 at 9:00 p.m.ABC
October 2 at 9:00 p.m.ABC
October 4 at 7:30 p.m.ABC
October 6 at 9:00 p.m. ABC
October 9 at 9:00 p.m.ABC
October 11 at 7:30 p.m.ABC
October 13 at 9:00 p.m.ABC

 

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