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NBA playoffs 2021 live streams: How to watch online

NBA playoffs 2021 live streams: How to watch online
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Round 2 of the NBA playoffs live streams has already seen its first series to end, as the Suns swept the Nuggets, removing NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and his Denver squad from the running. They're going to face the winners of the Jazz vs Clippers live streams, where Utah is currently leading 2-1, thanks to the play of Donovan Mitchell. Of course, Kawhi Leonard could always lead his team back to a win, given the previous round. 

And while many were writing Milwaukee's obituary, the Bucks have somehow tied things up against the Nets. It's not exactly a shock, though, as James Harden and Kyrie Irving are both injured, making Brooklyn's "Big 3" more like a lone star — Kevin Durant, and the Bucks vs Nets live stream will show which team takes a 3-2 lead. On the other side of the Eastern Conference, the Hawks started strong, but Philly's found answers to that threat. We'll see if that continues in today's 76ers vs Hawks live stream.

NBA Playoffs standings

Clippers vs Jazz: UTA up 2-1
Bucks vs Nets:  TIED up 2-2
Hawks vs 76ers: PHI up 2-1
Nuggets vs Suns: PHX won 4-0

Yes, somehow the 76ers managed to solve the puzzle that the Knicks could not: Trae Young. While the brash Hawk was rising to the star-level in the start of the series, his presence isn't the show-stopping dominance it once was. 

Right now, the NBA playoff live streams are seemingly a big see-saw of who's hot and who's not. Chris Paul's currently taking a moment in the center of the spotlight, and looking to lead Phoenix to the Finals, and finally win a title.

How to watch NBA 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 playoffs live streams in the US

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

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 $35 a month and offers more than 50 channels, including ESPN (in its Orange package). Sling may not have ABC, but ABC NBA playoff games will be simulcast on ESPN3 — which Sling has.

ESPN and TNT are a part of the Sling TV Orange package, which costs $35 and comes with more than 30 channels. Get the NBA TV add-on for $10. Sling TV is offering $25 dollars off the first month.

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NBA 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 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.