How to Stream 2021 NBA Playoffs

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The Brooklyn Nets proved that they’re doing just fine without their star player Chris Harden after coming out on top of the Milwaukee Bucks on Sun. night. With Harden ruled out of the rest of the series’ games due to an injury, all eyes are on the Nets’ Kevin Durant and the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo this week as the teams continue their match-off in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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Harden isn’t the only player to suffer an injury during this NBA playoff season. Players such as Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Joel Embiid and dozens more have suffered injuries on the court. Despite some setbacks, though, all the games have remained on track. The playoff’s second round is in full swing as the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers, LA Clippers and Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns and the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks duke it out this week.

If you’re looking for answers on how to stream this years playoffs, we’ve got the rundown. A variety of streamers are covering the games live from ABC, ESPN, and TNT, meaning you’ll be sure to find a way to watch without cable. Here are the best places to stream the 2021 NBA playoffs, from ESPN+ to Sling TV, here’s our guide.

Thursday, June 10th 2021

Time PT/ET

  • 4:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

  • 7:00 p.m./10:00 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz

Friday, June 11th 2021

Time PT/ET

  • 4:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  • 7:00 p.m./10:00 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns

Saturday, June 12th 2021

Time PT/ET

  • 5:30 p.m./8:30 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz

Sling TV

Sling TV is the most affordable way to stream TNT for the playoffs. While a regular subscription normally costs $35 a month, you can snag this special promo offer for$10 a month, or 35 cents a day. Plus, the live-streaming app service caters towards NBA fans with its Orange package, which offers access to TNT’s NBA studio and ESPN in addition to 30 more channels.


ESPN Plus is another solid good plan to screen all the important playoff games. At $5.99 a month, the streamer offers every live playoff game airing on ESPN and ABC. You’ll want to keep your subscription for the finals, as well, since the Western Conference finals will be televised exclusively on ESPN, and the NBA finals on ABC.


FuboTV is the most expensive option available at $64.99, but it’s one of the only all-in-one solutions to catching every second of the playoffs. The sports-focused streamer offers ESPN, TNT, NBC, and NBA TV available to stream on any device. This is best for big-time sports fanatics, who might be interested in the additional 100 channels that come with a subscription.

NBA League Pass

This is the way to go if you aren’t be able to catch the live games. Each playoff game will be made available for viewing within a few hours after each game is finished. But the kicker is that, unlike regular DVR provided by other streamers, NBA League Pass allows users to download the games to watch offline.


In addition to offering access to a handful of games in the earlier rounds of playoffs, NBA TV also offers around-the-clock analysis of what’s happening on-screen in real time. While other streamers may offer more live coverage, its $20 price tag pays off for viewers looking to return to the classics: the subscription service offers access to every single NBA Finals matchup from the last 20 years.

Youtube TV

With access to ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, and TNT, Youtube TV will have you covered with all the channels you’ll need for live coverage and analysis of the playoff games. And if the price is too steep, now’s the perfect time to go for their free one-month trial.


With a basic entertainment package from AT&T, you’ll have access to ABC, ESPN, and TNT to catch all the most important games. For $15 more dollars, you’ll get NBA TV for extra analysis of the games and players, in addition to their archive of every single Finals matchup game over the last 20 years.

Hulu Plus

If you aren’t interested in NBA TV, Hulu is a cheaper option for the three main channels you’ll need for the playoffs: ABC, ESPN, and TNT. And for existing Hulu subscribers, the shift to Plus entails a coveted shift to no commercials and increased access to their extensive library.

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