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NBA playoffs live streams 2022: Schedule, channels and everything you need to know

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With only one 2022 NBA playoffs live stream until the Finals, all eyes move to Miami. A huge 41-point game from Jimmy Butler meant we get one more Celtics vs Heat live stream to see who exits the East for the last round, and who goes home.

NBA playoffs channels

Where to watch in the U.S.: NBA playoffs air on ESPN, TNT, TBS, ABC and NBA TV. All are available on Sling TV (opens in new tab), currently on sale at 50% off for the first month (opens in new tab).
Watch from anywhere: with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Back in the West, Golden State had a much simpler path. A five-game series saw Luka Doncic's teammates step up to help him get one win and avoid a sweep, but Steph Curry & co. were too good to not get out.

The Celtics bounced the reigning NBA Champion Bucks out of the playoffs prior to this matchup with the Heat, with Jayson Tatum the star turn. Miami, meanwhile, earned the number one seed in the East with a regular season record of 53-29 and swept the Hawks and Sixers out of the Playoffs. 

It's all headed to the NBA Finals, whose first game is slated for Thursday (June 2), so here's everything you need to know to watch the NBA playoffs online:

How to watch NBA playoffs live streams from anywhere on Earth with a VPN

Having trouble actually getting ESPN or TNT? Even if you can't watch the NBA playoffs live streams on cable, you're not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well. Here are our top picks.

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NBA playoffs live streams in the U.S.

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The NBA playoffs live streams are going to be on ABC, ESPN, TNT, ESPN3 and NBA TV. The full Conference Finals schedule can be found below.

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 all of these games. But for as much as we like FuboTV, it fails here without TNT, a must have for NBA fanatics.

Instead, you should get Sling TV, one of the best streaming services. ESPN and TNT are both included in the Sling Orange package, which costs $35, which is pretty low for live TV services (and the lowest rate for one with ESPN). Sling is a perfect place to watch all of the NBA playoffs, as ABC games will simulcast on ESPN3. Sling Orange gets you TNT, ESPN, ESPN3, and its Sports Extra pack gets you NBA TV.

You could also pull down ABC with one of the best TV antennas.

Sling TV (opens in new tab): 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!

NBA playoffs — Conference Finals schedule

All times below are in ET.

* = If necessary

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat

  • Game 1: Miami 118, Boston 107
  • Game 2: Boston 127, Miami 102
  • Game 3: Miami 109, Boston 103  
  • Game 4: Boston 102, Miami 82
  • Game 5: Boston 93, Miami 80
  • Game 6: Miami 111, Boston 103
  • Game 7: May 29 at 8.30 p.m. (ESPN)

Western Conference:

Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors

  • Game 1: Golden State 112, Dallas 87
  • Game 2: Golden State 126, Dallas 117
  • Game 3: Golden State 109, Dallas 100
  • Game 4: Dallas 119, Golden State 109
  • Game 5: Golden State 120, Dallas 110

NBA playoff live streams in the UK

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NBA fans in the U.K. need look no further than Sky Sports (opens in new tab) for all their Playoff needs. Sky will be showing all games on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena, though the timings aren't great for U.K. fans, with games typically starting at 1.30 a.m. BST.

If you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £22/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.

You could also consider the Sky NBA League Pass (opens in new tab), which offers every NBA game for just £14.99/month, plus loads of extra features including archived games on demand — helpful if you want to watch the next day — condensed replays and more. 

If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now (opens in new tab) Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £9.99 or month-long access for £33.99 but Sky is currently offering a great deal here: you can sign up for six months of access for just £25/month right now (opens in new tab). Now Sports is available on virtually every streaming device out there and is a great option if you don't already have Sky. 

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

NBA playoffs live streams in Canada

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Hoops fans in Canada can catch the 2022 NBA Playoffs live streams on TSN (opens in new tab) or on the Sportsnet Now streaming service, SN Now (opens in new tab)

NBA playoffs live streams in Australia

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Aussies can watch the 2022 Playoff live streams on Kayo Sports (opens in new tab), which has every one of the NBA Conference playoff games this year. But beware the time difference: you'll need to go by the above lists and add 14 hours to convert ET to AEST.

Kayo offers a 14-day free trial for both its Basic and Premium plans, more than enough time to watch the playoffs. The Basic package costs $25 per month thereafter. 

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 (opens in new tab).

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