How to watch NBA Playoffs 2024 — live stream, TV channels, schedule

 Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates ahead of the 2024 NBA Play-offs
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The Timberwolves blinked first in the Western Conference final, which swung on yet another late show from the Mavericks. Both teams have forged a reputation as comeback kings, but when both Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are on song, they're impossible to stop.

Read on and we'll show you how to watch NBA Playoffs 2024 from anywhere with a VPN, and potentially for FREE.

NBA Playoffs live streams: TV schedule, dates

The 2024 NBA Playoffs started on Saturday, April 20 and will conclude in June. Full schedule below.
U.S. — ESPN, TNT, ABC/ESPN3, NBA TV (via Sling TV)
 CAN TSN+
 AUS Kayo Sports (free trial)
 U.K.TNT Sports
• Watch anywhere — Try NordVPN 100% risk free

Both teams have won their previous Game 2s, so something's got to give at Target Center tonight. For the Wolves to stand a chance of pulling level, they'll need Anthony Edwards to find his range. One of the standout players of the postseason, Minnesota's shooting guard was distinctly off-color in midweek by his standards. Was it just a hangover after the high of eliminating the defending champions?

The Celtics, meanwhile, have gone 2-0 up over the Pacers thanks to a 40-point showing from Jaylen Brown. That after Boston's shooting guard played a pivotal role in snatching the opener. It was his last-gasp 3-pointer that forced overtime, during which Jayson Tatum caught fire, and the action shifts to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, with the Pacers up against it.

Here's everything you need to know to watch NBA Playoffs 2024 online, plus the full schedule, TV channels and all the live stream information, with or without cable.

NBA Playoffs games and TV schedule

(All times ET)

Friday, May 24

  • 8:30 p.m. – Game 2: Mavericks vs Timberwolves | TNT & TruTV/Sling

Saturday, May 25

  • 8:30 p.m. – Game 3: Celtics vs Pacers | ABC & ESPN3/Sling

Watch NBA Playoffs in the U.S.

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In the U.S., the 2024 NBA Playoffs are being shown on TNT, ESPN, ABC/ESPN3 and NBA TV. The Finals will be on ABC and ESPN3.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package, you can get all of those channels through an OTT cable TV alternative.

Sling TV is one of the better options. It includes TNT, ESPN and ESPN3 in its Orange plan, with prices starting from $40/month and your first month half-price. It also showed the first round of games on NBA TV.

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You can get TNT, ESPN and ESPN3 on the Sling TV Orange package. Sling Orange comes with 30-plus channels, including TBS, Comedy Central and Disney Channel. New subscribers get 50% off their first month.

FuboFubo's 7-day free trial

Fubo is a great alternative to a cable package. The Elite Plan ($89.99 per month) gets you well over 100 channels including ESPN, ABC and NBA TV. And you can try it all out with Fubo's 7-day free trial.

An even cheaper option for this year is HBO's streaming service Max with its B/R Sports Add-On, which is being included for free for a limited time.

The B/R Sports Add-On brings access to all the NBA Playoffs games on TNT. Max prices start at $9.99/month with ads, going to $15.99/month ad-free. Or there's a special on at the moment with 20% off if you pay for a whole year upfront.

Watch NBA Playoffs from anywhere

Away from home at the moment and blocked from watching the NBA basketball on your subscriptions?

You can still watch the NBA Playoffs live thanks to the wonders of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). The software allows your devices to appear to be back in your home country regardless of where in the world you are. So ideal for hoops fans away on vacation or on business. Our favorite is NordVPN. It's the best on the market:

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There's a good reason you've heard of NordVPN. We specialize in testing and reviewing VPN services and NordVPN is the one we rate best. It's outstanding at unblocking streaming services, it's fast and it has top-level security features too. With over 5,000 servers, across 60 countries, and at a great price too, it's easy to recommend.

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How to watch NBA Playoffs in the U.K.

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TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) has the rights to NBA basketball in the U.K..  

You can get TNT by subscribing to the Discovery Plus Premium plan for £29.99 per month, or you can add TNT Sports through Sky, BT, EE or Virgin Media to watch via your television provider. 

To stream TNT Sports, you'll need Discovery Plus — a combo subscription that allows fans to access TNT Sports, Eurosport and entertainment all in one place.

The NBA League Pass is another good option, costing from £29.99 for the rest of the season after a 7-day FREE trial.

If you're not in the U.K. right now, you can still watch an NBA Playoffs live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as NordVPN

Watch NBA Playoffs in Canada

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TSN has the rights to show 2024 NBA Playoffs live streams in Canada.

If you don't have cable, you could subscribe to TSN+ instead, which lets you get access to all TSN has to offer on an $8/month or $80/year subscription basis.

Watch NBA Playoffs 2024 in Australia

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Aussies will find NBA Playoffs live streams on ESPN via Foxtel.

Don't have Foxtel and don't want to subscribe? Specialist streaming service Kayo Sports is also showing the NBA Playoffs, with its affordable, commitment-free plans starting from just $25/month, and hosting plenty of cricket, AFL, rugby, F1 and loads of other live sports besides.

There's also a 7-day FREE trial for anybody who hasn't used the service before.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN like NordVPN to watch all the action on your Kayo account as if you were back home.

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about technology, sport and politics for a wide range of publications including TechRadar, What Hi-Fi?, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, and Newsweek. These days, he focuses mainly on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: live TV and penny-pinching. When he's not attending a top-flight English soccer match, you can find him perfecting his table tennis skills.