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Stream the 2020 NBA playoffs online with a VPN

Updated: September 18, 2020
Stream the 2020 NBA playoffs online with a VPN

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

Price: 55 USD/month and up

Channels: NBA TV, ABC, ESPN, and TNT

ABC, ESPN, and TNT picked up the broadcasting rights to the NBA playoffs in the U.S. A variety of services that include these channels have free trials are available.

To watch the NBA playoffs:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Head to YouTube TV (65 USD/month), AT&T TV Now (55 USD/month), Hulu (55 USD/month), or Sling TV (30 USD/month) and use the free trials.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Tip: Stack all four free trials to get 24 days of free streaming!

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 Android or iOS), the AT&T TV Now app (on Android or iOS), or the Hulu app (on Android or iOS) .

Stream the NBA playoffs 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. Unfortunately, during the playoffs, NBA League Pass only provides games in the archives three hours after they air.

Price: 28.99 USD/season and up

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a fast and secure server location. 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 basketball games 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 Heat vs. Celtics

The Eastern Conference Finals look to be a rough-and-tumble defensive showdown as the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are the two teams that have allowed the fewest points in this year’s playoffs.

The Heat run their offense through five-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, and an array of dead-eye shooters ranging from youngsters Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson, to resurgent veterans Jae Crowder and Goran Dragic. Bam Adebayo will also be crucial to their success as their top rebounder and a versatile lockdown defender. This team is well rested after upsetting the Milwaukee Bucks in five games, and enters the series after a whole week off the court.

Meanwhile, the Celtics come into this series after a drawn-out battle with the Toronto Raptors that went all the way to Game 7. The group will be at a disadvantage from a fatigue standpoint, but they feature the dangerous three-headed monster of Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, and Jaylen Brown. Thanks largely to the efforts of Marcus Smart they also play some of the best on-ball defense in the league. Gordon Hayward is also primed to return soon, and could be an offensive difference maker for the favored Celtics.

What to expect from Lakers vs. Nuggets

On August 23, the Denver Nuggets fell in a 3-1 hole to the Utah Jazz in the first round. Less than a month — and two seven-game series — later they’re in a battle with the mighty Los Angeles Lakers for a trip to the NBA Finals.

Denver comes into this matchup as a team with nothing to lose. No one expects this to be their year, and their top six scorers in the playoffs are all 26 or younger. These guys are going to be here again, but that doesn’t make them pushovers now. Thanks to Nikola Jokic’s combination of crafty playmaking and efficient scoring, Jamal Murray’s tendency to go off for 40-plus point games, and a roster full of players who can hit three-pointers, this team can keep up with anybody. Beating the Lakers is a tall task, but it’s hard to put a ceiling on a team that won three straight to outlast the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Lakers are about as top-heavy a title contender as you’re going to see. Beyond LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the only guys who’ve averaged double-digit scoring in the playoffs are Kyle Kuzma and a possibly over-the-hill Rajon Rondo. That makes their offensive success feel precarious, because they need their dynamic duo to put up big numbers on a nightly basis. That’s what those guys do, though, and the Lakers dispatched the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets in just five games each to reach this point. It’s hard not to like their chances against Denver.

2020 NBA Playoffs schedule

Here is the list of upcoming games for the 2020 NBA playoffs. The schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals from Game 4 on, and the Western Conference Finals from Game 6 on (if necessary), is currently TBD.

Date and time (ET)RoundWhere to watch?
September 17 at 7:00 p.m.East Finals Game 2ESPN
September 18 at 9:00 p.m.West Finals Game 1TNT
September 19 at 8:30 p.m.East Finals Game 3ESPN
September 20 at 7:30 p.m.West Finals Game 2TNT
September 22 at 9:00 p.m.West Finals Game 3TNT
September 24 at 9:00 p.mWest Finals Game 4TNT
September 26 at 9:00 p.m.West Finals Game 5TNT

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