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2020 NBA Playoffs Live Stream: How to Watch 2020 NBA Playoffs Without Cable

Jason Gurwin

After an exciting NBA Restart and the first play-in game, the NBA makes its way onto the 2020 NBA Playoffs from their bubble in Orlando.

How to Stream the 2020 NBA Playoffs

The 2020 NBA Playoffs start on Monday after the delayed start due to COVID-19 and it’s simple to watch the games if you’re a cord-cutter. There are now five services that offer NBA Playoff games, most of which you can try for free with a 7-Day Free Trial.

While most games throughout the NBA Playoffs will air on ESPN, TNT, and ABC — the first round will also see three games on NBA TV.

In your local market, during the first round team will also be broadcast on your local RSN like Fox Sports Sun (Miami Heat), NBC Sports Boston (Boston Celtics) and YES Network (Brooklyn Nets). There are no local blackouts of telecasts in most markets — meaning you can choose to watch either the local broadcast or national one on ESPN/TNT.

While most Live TV Streaming Services can stream the games, Sling TV has a special promotion where you can get $10 OFF Sling Orange (which includes games on ESPN, TNT, and ABC) and their Sports Extra add-on which includes NBA TV.

While Sling TV doesn’t carry ABC, all games that air on ABC will also air on ESPN3, which is part of Sling Orange.

How to Stream NBA Playoff Games on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, & Mobile

There are five major streaming providers that offer Live TV Streaming. These allow you to watch NBA Playoff games live using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Web.

This is the best option for fans that want to watch their local channels (ABC), Regional Sports Networks, as well as nationally televised games on cable networks like ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

Top Picks

Least Expensive

Sling TV

Price: $30
Includes: ESPN, TNT, ESPN3 (simulcast ABC games), NBA TV (+$10)

Includes Local RSN

Hulu + Live TV

Price: $55
Includes: ESPN, TNT, ABC, & Your Local RSN

How to Stream 2020 NBA Playoffs on Your Local RSN

Fans of most NBA Playoff teams can stream their local RSN with a Live TV Streaming Service.

While Denver Nuggets (Altitude) are not available, streamers can watch their first round games on ESPN/TNT without a local blackout.

Your best option for most teams is Hulu Live TV, since they are the least expensive service ($55) with Fox Sports RSNs, NBC Sports RSNs, TNT, ESPN. They are the only service under $80 with YES Network (Brooklyn Nets) and Fox Sports Prime Ticket (LA Clippers).

However, for certain teams, you will need another service.:

  • For the Houston Rockets on AT&T SportsNet Southwest, your least your least expensive option is fuboTV ($60)
  • For the Los Angeles Lakers (Spectrum Sportsnet) and Utah Jazz (AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain), the only option is AT&T TV NOW Max Tier ($80)

TBD

How to Stream 2020 NBA Playoffs Nationally

Most Live TV Streaming Services offer ESPN, TNT, ABC, and NBA TV. For games that will be broadcast on ABC, they will also simulcast the telecasts on ESPN3 which is available most services.

During the first round of the playoffs, although games also air on your local RSN, in most markets games will not be blacked out when games air on TNT and ESPN.

There are now five services that offer NBA Playoffs games, most of which you can try for free with a 7-Day Free Trial.

The least expensive option is Sling TV, which includes ESPN, TNT, and ESPN3 (simulcast of ABC games). They are running a special promotion which will give you Sports Extra for free for your first month, which includes NBA TV.

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All Live TV Streaming Options

fuboTV

Price: $64.99
Includes: ESPN, ABC, and ESPN3 + 29 Top Cable Channels

Add-on: $11 Sports Plus
Includes: NBA TV

AT&T TV

Price: $84.99
Includes: ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, and ABC + 33 Top Cable Channels

Sling TV

Price: $35
Includes: ESPN, TNT, and ESPN3 + 14 Top Cable Channels

Add-on: $11 Sports Extra
Includes: NBA TV

YouTube TV

Price: $64.99
Includes: ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, ABC, and ESPN3 + 29 Top Cable Channels

Hulu Live TV

Price: $64.99
Includes: ESPN, TNT, and ABC + 30 Top Cable Channels

2020 NBA Playoffs TV & Streaming Schedule

TBD

2020 NBA Playoffs Preview

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