Heat vs. Celtics live stream: How to watch NBA Playoffs game 2 right now, start time, channel

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It's balltime for the Heat vs. Celtics live stream, and we're curious if it will continue to offer surprises. The first NBA Playoff live stream of the series, if you missed it, flipped expectations on their head — hard. 

Heat vs. Celtics Game 2 live stream cheat sheet

Date: Today (Friday, May 19)
8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT / 1:30 a.m. BST / 11:30  a.m. AEDT
Watch in the U.S.:
TNT on Sling TV
Watch from anywhere: with ExpressVPN.

We shouldn't have been surprised, though: Miami's been winning Game 1 road games throughout the playoffs. Its only Game 1 loss was in the play-in tournament against the (since-eliminated) Hawks.

And the Heat did it in the same way it wrecked teams such as the Knicks: with a colossal third quarter where they scored 46 points in 25 possessions. Boston only pulled in 25 points in that same quarter.

Unsurprisingly, Jimmy Butler led the charger, with 35 points in the game. Center Bam Adebayo was right behind him with 20. Jayson Tatum put up 30 for Boston, with Jaylen Brown contributing 22.

DraftKings, at the time of publication, has the odds for the Celtics (-460) as favorites, and Heat (+370) as the underdogs. So, betting $460 on the Celtics would earn you $100, and a $100 bet on the Heat would net you $370.  

Here's everything you need to know to watch the Heat vs. Celtics live stream online (and make sure to watch the Nuggets vs. Lakers live stream for Game 3):

How to watch Heat vs. Celtics live streams from anywhere on Earth with a VPN

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Heat vs. Celtics live streams in the US

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The Heat vs. Celtics live stream is on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT Friday (May 19).

If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package? With the right pick from our best cable TV alternatives, you'll be able to watch it and all of the NBA playoff games. But for as much as we like FuboTV, it doesn't have TNT.

Instead, consider Sling TV, one of the best streaming services, which has TNT. For future NBA playoff live streams, ABC games will simulcast on ESPN3, which is available through Sling Orange. ABC is also available in select markets for Sling Blue. Those markets are Chicago (WLS), Fresno (KFSN), Houston (KTRK), Los Angeles (KABC), New York (WABC), Philadelphia (WPVI), Raleigh-Durham (WTVD) and San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (KGO).  All but Fresno, Houston and Raleigh will pay $5 more per month for ABC in either Sling Blue or Sling Orange & Blue.

Sling is 50% off for the first month making it a perfect place to watch all of the NBA playoffs. Sling Orange also gets you ESPN, and its Sports Extra pack gets you NBA TV.

Of course, you can also watch the games on the more expensive services, such as YouTube TV ($73 per month), Hulu + Live TV ($70 per month) and DirecTV Stream ($75 per month).

ABC can be pulled down with one of the best TV antennas.

Sling TV:50% on your first month!

Sling TV: You can get ESPN and TNT in the Sling Orange package. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and many more. And you can save 50% on your first month!

Heat vs. Celtics series schedule

All times Eastern

* = if necessary

  • Game 1: Heat 123, Celtics 116
  • Game 2 @ Boston, Fri., May 19 @ 8:30 p.m., on TNT
  • Game 3: @ Miami on Sun., May 21 @ 8:30 p.m., on TNT
  • Game 4: @ Miami on Tue., May 23 @ 8:30 p.m., on TNT
  • *Game 5 @ Boston on Thu., May 25 @ 8:30 p.m., on TNT
  • *Game 6 @ Miami on Sat., May 27 @ 8:30 p.m., on TNT
  • *Game 7 @ Boston on Mon., May 29 @ 8:30 p.m., on TNT

Heat vs. Celtics live streams around the world

How to watch Heat vs. Celtics live streams in the UK

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NBA fans in the U.K. can watch the Heat vs. Celtics live stream on Sky Sports Main Event. It begins at 1:30 a.m. BST.

If you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £24/month to add those channels. You'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.

If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. Pricing starts at £11.98 for day & mobile month membership, with month-long access for £34.99.

Not in the U.K. right now? You may need a little help from a service such as ExpressVPN.

Heat vs. Celtics live streams in Canada

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Hoops fans in Canada can catch the Heat vs. Celtics live stream on TSN. It's airing on TSN2 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Can you watch Heat vs. Celtics live streams in Australia?

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Probably. Aussies can watch the 2023 Playoff live streams on Kayo Sports, a major destination for NBA action. ESPN Australia, if you get it, is another means, but it's unclear if either will host the Heat vs. Celtics live stream.

Kayo offers a 14-day free trial for both its Basic and Premium plans, more than enough time to confirm they're actually showing the games. The Kayo One package costs $25 per month thereafter, and Kayo Basic is $30.

The $35 per month Premium Kayo plan gives you all the same things as the normal plan, but it offers three simultaneous streams. The Basic plan gives you two streams at the same time. 

Not in Australia but usually a Kayo subscriber? You may need a little help from a service such as ExpressVPN.

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Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.