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How to watch the NBA Playoffs online in 2024

ExpressVPN is here to help you safely and securely live stream the 2024 NBA Playoffs, from the Play-In Tournament through the Finals, in blazing-fast HD!

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location that matches the broadcaster you want to watch. For example, U.S. fans can connect to a server in the United States like Los Angeles, Miami, or Denver to stream the coverage on NBA League Pass or YouTube TV.
  3. Clear browsing data and cookies.
  4. Open your NBA League Pass or choose your preferred streaming platform to watch the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, be sure to use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Can I use a VPN to live stream NBA playoff games from another country?

Some users watch NBA playoff games by connecting to a VPN server in a country other than their own, but doing so may violate copyright or the streaming service’s terms of use. ExpressVPN is a privacy and security tool, and using it to circumvent copyright is against our Terms of Service. We cannot see or control what you do while connected to our VPN, so you are responsible for ensuring that your use complies with all relevant terms and laws.

Why do you need a VPN to watch NBA playoff games online?

If you plan on watching NBA playoff games this season, you’ll want to do so with ExpressVPN protecting you along the way. Not only does ExpressVPN offer servers in 105 countries across the globe, all of which are optimized for speed and security, but you can stream every game, from Opening Night through the NBA Finals, on computers, smartphones, and even smart TVs and gaming consoles. You can have up to eight simultaneous connections, allowing you to watch your favorite players—and track your fantasy team along the way—in blazing-fast HD.

Best VPN for watching NBA playoff games in 2024

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for safely and securely streaming NBA games in 2024. With next-gen 10-Gbps servers in locations around the world, you can enjoy the full privacy protections of a VPN without ever missing a second of the action. ExpressVPN has easy-to-use apps for WindowsMacAndroid, and iOS, not to mention a range of ways to stream on your big-screen TV. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!

How to live stream NBA playoff games with a VPN

An ExpressVPN subscription allows you to watch every NBA game. What makes ExpressVPN the best VPN for basketball fans is accessibility, as you can access our servers on computers, smartphones, and even smart TVs and gaming consoles. Here’s a full guide to using ExpressVPN on your favorite devices.

How to watch NBA games on a desktop or laptop (Windows & Mac)

ExpressVPN is available on computers, allowing you to catch NBA games while browsing the web in bed or putting off that high-priority project at work. 

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN app for your computer.
  3. Connect to the server location that matches your desired broadcaster. For example, American fans can connect to a Los Angeles server to watch the ESPN or TNT feed on YouTube TV.
  4. Go to your preferred streaming service, such as NBA League Pass or YouTube TV
  5. Enjoy the basketball!

How to watch NBA games on mobile

ExpressVPN has you covered if you want to watch NBA games on your smartphone. Just make sure your phone has enough battery and a strong connection! 

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN app for your smartphone.
  3. Connect to the server location that matches your desired broadcaster. 
  4. Go to your preferred streaming service, such as the ESPN app.
  5. Enjoy the game!

How to watch NBA games on Amazon Fire TV

Are you in the mood to watch NBA games on your Amazon Fire TV? You’re in luck with ExpressVPN!

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN app for your Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick.
  3. Connect to the server location that matches your desired broadcaster. 
  4. Go to your preferred streaming service, such as NBA League Pass or Fubo.
  5. Slam dunk!

How to watch NBA games on an Apple TV

ExpressVPN is available on Apple TV, allowing you to catch your favorite NBA players and games.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN app for your Apple TV.
  3. Connect to the server location that matches your desired broadcaster. 
  4. Go to your preferred streaming service, such as the ESPN app or DirecTV Stream.
  5. Enjoy the game!

How to watch NBA games on Roku

Great news: NBA fans can catch games on Roku, which offers apps for ExpressVPN, NBA League Pass, and most streaming services. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN app for your Roku.
  3. Connect to the server location that matches your desired broadcaster. 
  4. Go to your preferred streaming service, such as NBA League Pass or Hulu+Live TV.
  5. Enjoy the basketball!

How to watch NBA games on Chromecast

ExpressVPN is available on Chromecast, and we’re here to ensure you can catch your favorite NBA players and games.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN app for your Chromecast.
  3. Connect to the server location that matches your desired broadcaster. 
  4. Go to your preferred streaming service, like the ESPN app or Sling TV.
  5. Slam dunk!

How to watch NBA games on smart TV devices

Do you have a smart TV? If so, you’ll be thrilled to know ExpressVPN is available for your TV, allowing you to safely and securely watch NBA games all season long.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN app for your smart TV.
  3. Connect to the server location that matches your desired broadcaster. 
  4. Go to your preferred streaming service, such as NBA League Pass or YouTube TV.
  5. Enjoy the game!

How to live stream the NBA playoffs with League Pass

If you want to check out the biggest showcase games the NBA has to offer, there isn’t a better option than NBA League Pass. You can enjoy games without blackouts by using the international version of the service and it comes with a 7-day free trial.

NBA League Pass

Price: Varies

Want to enjoy NBA games with the privacy and security of a VPN? NBA League Pass is your best option, though please note that the League Pass price varies depending on your country. For example, basketball fans in India need to pay roughly 2000 INR (24 USD) for the entire season. U.S. basketball fans can purchase League Pass Premium for 150 USD for the entire season; other packages are available, including one for those who only want to watch a specific team. Check out the NBA’s official website for a complete list of which countries offer League Pass. 

NBA game blackouts: International League Pass vs. U.S. League Pass

What’s the difference between watching NBA League Pass in Germany, Australia, Canada, or the U.S.? League Pass is available both inside and outside the States. However, there are key differences every fan needs to know.

The U.S. League Pass offers live games and full-game replays for all teams. However, blackouts apply. When a team is playing, that game will be “blacked out” on the U.S. League Pass for the team’s home market. Nationally broadcast games on ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV—in other words, most of the playoffs—will also be blacked out. (All blacked-out games are available three days after broadcast. If you purchased the 3-Game Choice package, nationally telecast games will be available for purchase three hours after they have aired. Locally telecast games will be available for purchase three days after they air.)

Blackouts are put in place to protect local broadcasters’ viewership while preserving users’ ability to watch out-of-market games. If you’re streaming from a country outside the United States or Canada, every game is effectively “out-of-market,” meaning that there are no blackouts to worry about.

Why is my VPN not working with NBA League Pass?

ExpressVPN’s advanced server network is optimized for compatibility with NBA League Pass, and most users can stream without any issues. But if you should ever encounter a problem, our dedicated Support Team is available via live chat 24/7 to help you overcome any obstacles in trying to watch your favorite basketball team. All ExpressVPN plans are covered by a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Should I use a free VPN to watch NBA League Pass?

Rather than use a free VPN to watch NBA games, basketball fans should instead use ExpressVPN all season long. ExpressVPN offers high-speed servers in 105 countries and easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Additionally, ExpressVPN is available on platforms that other VPN companies may not support, like Linux, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and routers, plus browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!

NBA League Pass vs. NBA TV

Basketball fans will see references to NBA League Pass and NBA TV throughout the 2023-24 season. Although both have similar names, they are actually two entirely different services! NBA TV, much like the MLB Network and NFL Network, is a league-owned channel dedicated to professional basketball. NBA TV features live games, original programming, and classic games. Basketball fans can watch NBA TV through cord-cutting services or select cable providers.

As we’ve discussed, NBA League Pass is a subscription service that gives you access to live and on-demand out-of-market NBA games. An NBA League Pass International subscription will allow you to watch games airing on NBA TV.

How to live stream NBA playoff games for free in 2024

United Kingdom

BBC

BBC iPlayer is the perfect way for British basketball fans to live stream select NBA playoff games. It’s also totally free!

Note: You may need a UK postcode to create a free account (e.g., KT6 4EU, NW5 2HR).

Germany

Ran.de

German basketball fans should check out the free-to-air channel ProSieben and its sports streaming platform, Ran.de, which will also air select NBA playoff games.

Where to watch the NBA Playoffs with free trials

There are a number of cord-cutting services available that should cover your NBA-viewing needs. They can be slightly pricey, but most offer free trials so you can see if they’re worth it.

United States

YouTube TV

Price: 73 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, TNT

YouTube TV offers Americans a variety of channels that carry NBA games, and the subscription costs 73 USD/month. You may need to submit a U.S. ZIP code (e.g., 10022, 48104, etc.), but it accepts a wide array of payment options. If you don’t feel like committing to YouTube TV, use the free trial.

Note: You may need a valid U.S. credit/debit card or PayPal to subscribe to YouTube TV. You can still subscribe to YouTube TV via Google Play, even if you don’t have a U.S. credit/debit card.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Fubo

Price: 80 USD/month

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NBA TV (Sports Plus add-on)

Although Fubo offers a 7-day free trial, it does not have Turner channels (including TBS and TNT) as of April 2024. However, fans from the United States can watch NBA games airing on Turner stations through Fubo if you purchase Max and the Bleacher Report Sports Add-On tier for Max, each of which cost 10 USD/month.

Note: You will need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe. The billing address used may determine which local channels are available, and you may be unable to change your location.

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

DirecTV Stream

Price: 85 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NBA TV (Choice plan and up), TBS, TNT

DirecTV Stream is often on the pricier side, especially if you want NBA TV, but it’s a great option for U.S. fans to stream basketball games if you prefer a cord-cutting service over an additional streaming app. The service offers a 5-day free trial.

Other ways to live stream the NBA Playoffs

United States

ESPN+

Price: 11 USD/month

ESPN+ will often simulcast NBA games airing on ABC and ESPN throughout the 2023-24 season. Please note that a valid TV subscription, either to a traditional cable company or a cord-cutting service like YouTube TV, is typically required to stream NBA broadcasts on ESPN+.

Hulu+Live TV

Price: 77 USD/month

Channels: ABC, ESPN, TBS, TNT

Hulu does not offer a free trial, but it does have a live TV package for American fans that includes all the main channels for secure NBA streams as well as many regional sports networks. Free trials are not available.

Sling TV

Price: Varies

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NBA TV (Sports Extra) TBS, TNT

Sling TV provides U.S. viewers with access to most channels airing NBA games, and ABC is also available in select markets. Please note that Sling no longer offers a free trial.

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

Live stream NBA playoff games in Canada

TSN

Price: 20 CAD/month

TSN will air Toronto Raptors games throughout the 2023-24 season, as well as other special events, including the NBA Playoffs, NBA Draft, and NBA Summer League. While it doesn’t offer a free trial, TSN+ does allow Canadian users to purchase a one-day pass for less than 11 CAD (which is handy if you only want to watch a specific game or the final).

Sportsnet

Price: 15 USD/month

Sportsnet offers select Toronto Raptors games during the 2023-24 season, as well as other special events, including the NBA Playoffs, NBA Draft, and NBA Summer League. Canadian viewers can subscribe to Sportsnet for 15 USD/month or 150 USD/year. Please note Sportsnet does not offer a free trial.

2024 NBA Playoffs schedule

You can find the complete NBA playoffs schedule on the NBA’s website.

2024 NBA Finals schedule

GameDate and time
Boston Celtics vs. Dallas MavericksThursday, June 6, 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. BST
Boston Celtics vs. Dallas MavericksSunday, June 9, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BST
Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston CelticsWednesday, June 12, 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. BST
Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston CelticsFriday, June 14, 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. BST
Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks (If necessary)Monday, June 17, 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. BST
Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics (If necessary)Thursday, June 20, 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. BST
Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks (If necessary)Sunday, June 23, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BST

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