The 2021 NBA playoffs move from round one to round two starting Saturday, with the Milwaukee Bucks visiting the Brooklyn Nets for Game 1. Led by Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, the Nets are the favorites to win the NBA championship, but you must first beat Giannis Antetokounmpo’s bucks, who topped the league in the regular season.
Everything you need to know to watch live on TNT is here, no cable required.
Kevin Durant, 7, James Harden, 13, and Kyrie Irving, 11, teamed up in Brooklyn to win the Nets’ first ever NBA title.
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What’s the schedule for the NBA playoffs?
The 2021 NBA playoffs began on Saturday, May 22nd, and the first round ends with Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. The following rounds last until June; the 2021 NBA finals are slated to begin on July 8th. As in previous years, each playoff series requires four games to win and lasts up to seven games.
Here is the schedule for the next few days.
Saturday 5th June
- # 3 Milwaukee Bucks at # 2 Brooklyn Nets, 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT (East Semifinals, Game 1)
Sunday June 6th
- # 5 Atlanta Hawks at # 1 Philadelphia 76ers, 10 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET on ABC (East Semifinals, Game 1)
- # 5 Dallas Mavericks at # 4 Los Angeles Clippers 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC (Game 7; Series 3-3)
Monday June 7th
- # 3 Milwaukee Bucks at # 2 Brooklyn Nets, 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT (East Semifinals Game 2)
- # 3 Denver Nuggets at # 1 Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on TNT (West Semifinals, Game 1)
Check out the full 2021 NBA Playoff Schedule on NBA.com.
How can I watch the NBA playoffs live on TV without a cable?
Four of the five big onesoffer ESPN, TNT and ABC (all except Sling TV), but not every service broadcasts your local ABC station. So check the links below to make sure it’s available in your area. Sling will simultaneously broadcast the games broadcast on ABC.
If you have FuboTV, you will need something else in order to watch the games on TNT. An additional fee may be charged for NBA TV, which also offers some coverage.
Our top picks? The most complete option – and a better app – can be found on YouTube TV. If you want to get all the games at the cheapest price, Sling TV is your choice.
Google’s live TV streaming service has all of the channels you need for the NBA playoffs for $ 65 a month.
Read our YouTube TV review.
Sling TV’s Orange package offers ESPN and TNT for $ 35 per month. Although it doesn’t carry ABC, Sling says it will simulate the games that air on ABC over ESPN3. However, to get NBA TV, the additional $ 11 per month Sports Extra add-on is required.
Hulu Plus Live TV is $ 65 a month and comes with three of the channels you’ll need for the NBA playoffs, with the exception of NBA TV.
Read our Hulu Plus Live TV Review.
AT&T TV’s basic entertainment package is $ 70 and includes ABC, ESPN, and TNT. However, to get NBA TV, you’ll need to upgrade to the $ 85 per month Choice option.
Read our AT&T TV review.
Are fans admitted to the games?
While the 2020 playoffs were held in a Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida, the NBA has played its 2020-21 season in regular arenas, with fans increasingly returning to the stadiums as local COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed . Fans are allowed in playoff games this year, though the exact number will vary at each venue.
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