Magic vs Bucks game 5 is tipping off Saturday, August 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. We've got the channels and showtimes details for the full series below.
Update (5:50 p.m. ET, Aug. 28): After an NBA boycott in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, the NBA announced that the playoffs will resume on Saturday. The Magic vs Bucks game 5 will air at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Game 5 could've seen Giannis Antetokounmpo lead Milwaukee to clinching the series. The Bucks lead Orlando 3-1 going into this pivotal match, and the No. 1 seed is favored to move on to the semifinals.
While the Magic put up a valiant effort, winning game 1, they're dealing with a bunch of injuries, including Jonathan Isaac's torn ACL, Michael Carter-Williams' food and Mo Bama's COVID evaluation. Melvin Frazier Jr. and Aaron Gordon are also questionable for game 5.
That makes Milwaukee the overwhelming favorite. After the wake-up call of losing game 1, the Bucks reinvigorated their No. 1-rated defense. In the last three games they've allowed just 0.99 points per possession. On the offensive side, Giannis has been averaging 31.3 points and 15.8 rebounds, with major contributions from Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez.
While the injured Magic will struggle against the top seed, they won't go down without a fight thanks to great playoffs performances from Nikola Vucevic and others.
So, here is everything you need to watch the Magic vs Bucks live stream of game 5 today — to see how this intriguing matchup goes.
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Magic vs Bucks live streams in the US
In the U.S., viewers can watch the Magic vs Bucks live stream of game 5 on Saturday, August 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Playoffs games are airing on TNT, ESPN and ABC. We've got full series schedule, with start times and channels below.
If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package, you'll want to watch Mavericks vs Clippers on fuboTV.
But if basketball is your only sport, the NBA League Pass isn't a terrible deal with packages start at $20 per year — and $29 per year for access to all teams. Though it suffers local and national blackout games, like any other service.
Fubo.TV: If you love sports, you probably want to check out Fubo.TV. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front, and in addition to all three channels you'll need for this series, it's also got the basic TV channels, including AMC, Food Network, USA and VH1. Plus, it's got NBA TV (in the $5.99 fubo Extra add-on), which will have other playoff games.
Magic vs Bucks live streams in the UK
British hoop fans have an earlier than usual call time for this. The Magic vs Bucks live stream for game 5 is at the reasonable hour of 8:30 p.m. BST. NBA playoffs games will air on Sky Sports, and those without Sky Sports can pick it up from Now TV, with prices starting at £9.99.
NBA League Pass is also available in the U.K., at £42.99 for the rest of the year and serves up all of the games with no blackouts.
Magic vs Bucks live streams in Canada
In Canada, game 5 of the Magic vs Bucks series will air at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN.
NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.
Magic vs Bucks series schedule
(all times ET)
- Game 1: Magic 122, Bucks 110
- Game 2: Bucks 111, Magic 96
- Game 3: Bucks 121, Magic 107
- Game 4: Bucks 121, Magic 106
- Game 5: Saturday, Aug. 29, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
- *Game 6: TBD
- *Game 7: TBD
* = if necessary
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