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NBA live stream 2020: How to watch the playoffs online

NBA live stream 2020 playoffs
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The championships are here! Watch the NBA live streams of the 2020 finals between the Lakers vs Heat. The NBA finals are taking place in the bubble in Orlando, just like the rest of the playoffs. At the end of the best-of-seven series, LeBron James and Anthony Davis could go back to Los Angeles with a trophy — or Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and crew will celebrate in Miami. 

The NBA season restarted in late July with the first games played since March, when the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA bubble season has been taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 

The first few weeks consisted of "seeding games" to finish out the regular season and determine the top eight teams in each conference. And because the standings in the Western Conference were so close, there was a play-in game to determine the eighth seed. The No. 9 Grizzlies finished within four games of the No. 8 Trail Blazers, so the two teams faced off. Portland moved on, though they ended up falling to the Lakers in round 1.

The NBA playoffs have the standard best-of-seven game format; there just won't be "home" and "away" games since all of them take place in the bubble.

Here's everything you need to watch NBA 2020 playoffs live streams.

How to watch NBA playoffs live streams with a VPN

If you're away from home, or you're subject to regional blackouts, can't watch the NBA live streams from where you are, you can still get the livestreams with a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN makes it so that you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town, so you can access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

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How to watch the NBA 2020 playoffs live stream in the US

In the U.S., the NBA bubble's nationally televised games are airing on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. All of the finals games are broadcast on ABC.

If you don't have a cable or satellite package, and have cut the cord, you can get those channels via live TV streaming services (depending on your region), including Sling TV, Hulu With Live TV, Fubo TV and AT&T TV Now.

Of these options, we recommend Sling TV, which starts at $30 a month and offers more than 50 channels, including ESPN (in its Orange package).

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NBA 2020 season live streams in the UK

Basketball fans in the UK can watch the NBA bubble games on Sky Sports, via Sky, BT and Virgin Media packages. Games are broadcast live, so tipoff times range from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. BST. Those without Sky Sports can pick it up from Now TV, with prices starting at £9.99.

Brits can also get the NBA League Pass UK package, which costs £42.99 and gets you the NBA live streams for the playoffs and finals.

NBA 2020 playoffs live streams in Canada

Canadian b-ball fans can watch the NBA playoffs on TSN, SportsNet and NBA TV Canada. 

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

NBA 2020 playoffs bracket and schedule

2020 NBA playoffs bracket

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Here are the brackets and full schedule of the NBA 2020 playoffs.


Round 1
(1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic
: Bucks won 4-1
(2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets: Raptors won 4-0
(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers: Celtics won 4-0
(4) Heat vs. (5) Pacers: Miami won 4-0

Round 2: Semifinals

(1) Bucks vs. (4) Heat: MIA won 4-1
(2) Raptors vs (3) Celtics: BOS won 4-3

Round 3: Conference Finals

(3) Celtics vs. (4) Heat: MIA won 4-2


Round 1
(1) Lakers vs. (8) Trail Blazers
: Lakers won 4-1
(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks: Clippers won 4-2
(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Jazz: Nuggets won 4-3
(4) Thunder vs. (5) Rockets: Rockets won 4-3

Round 2: Semifinals

(1) Lakers vs. (5) Rockets: LAL won 4-1
(2) Clippers vs. (3) Nuggets: DEN won 4-3

Round 3: Conference Finals

(1) Lakers vs. (3) Nuggets: LAL won 4-1

Round 4: Finals

Lakers vs Heat

Game 1: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Friday, Oct. 2, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 9 p.m. (ABC)
*Game 5: Friday, Oct. 9, 9 p.m. (ABC)
*Game 6: Sunday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. (ABC)
*Game 7: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m. (ABC)