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Clippers vs Suns live stream: How to watch NBA Playoffs Game 1 online

Clippers vs Suns live stream
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Clippers vs Suns start time, channel

The Clippers vs Suns live stream will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT today (June 20).
It's airing live on ABC and ESPN3, and the latter is available on Sling TV, currently on sale down to $10 for the first month.

It's time for the Clippers vs Suns live stream to officially mark the start of the Western Conference Finals. That said, a lot has happened since Phoenix knocked out the Nuggets with a sweep. The Clippers have had a few games to adjust to their injuries, while the Suns had had some time to figure it out before this NBA playoffs live stream.

Chris Paul had been on a tear this postseason. The 36-year old was coming off a sweep of the Nuggets where he averaged 25.5 points and 10.3 assists-per-game. Now his postseason is on hold. Wednesday morning news broke that Paul entered the league’s COVID protocol, sideling him indefinitely. With Paul out, the Suns will have to rely on Cameron Payne who has played well as Paul’s back-up throughout the playoffs. The 26-year-old Payne is averaging 10 points in 20 minutes-per-game in the playoffs.

The Clippers have already had to adjust to life without a star in the playoffs. Since learning of Kawhi Leonard's ACL injury that has him out indefinitely, L.A. has been leaning on Paul George. The seven-time all-star scored 30 or more points in three straight games against the Jazz before helping to close out that series with a 28-point night.    

The Suns go into Game 1 having not played in a week as they awaited their opponent, while the Clippers wrapped up their seven-game-series with Utah Friday night. Phoenix is a 4.5-point favorite in Game 1. The over/under is 221.5.

How to avoid Clippers vs Suns blackouts with a VPN

If you've had to leave your own "bubble" -- or you've been hit by a dreaded local blackout -- and you can't watch Clippers vs Suns 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. 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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Clippers vs Suns live streams in the US

Clippers vs Suns live streams in the US

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In the U.S. Clippers vs Suns airs on ABC and ESPN3, tipping off at 3:30 p.m. ET. today.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package, you'll be able to get this game on Sling TV (we love FuboTV for a lot of sports, but it doesn't have TNT). 

ESPN and TNT are both included in the Sling Orange package, which costs $35. Sling will be a perfect place to watch all of the NBA playoffs, as ABC games will simulcast on ESPN3, and Sling Orange gets you TNT, ESPN, ESPN3, and its Sports Extra pack gets you NBA TV.

Sling and Fubo are two of the picks on our best streaming services list, but we go with Sling here even though it doesn't have ABC (though you can get it with one of the best TV antennas), as those games will be on ESPN3.

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.View Deal

Clippers vs Suns live streams in the UK

Clippers vs Suns live streams in the UK

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British basketball fans have had a bad run of luck on Sky Sports but that stops here. Sky Sports Arena hosts the Clippers vs Suns live stream, starting at 8:15 p.m. BST.

NBA League Pass is also available in the U.K., as an alternative.

Clippers vs Suns live streams in Canada

Clippers vs Suns live streams in Canada

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Hoops fans in Canada may not be able to watch the Clippers vs Suns live stream? Neither TSN nor SportsNet are showing it on their schedule at the time of publishing, we will update this story accordingly once we learn more.

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

Marc Farzetta

Marc is a contributing sportswriter at Tom’s Guide covering the NFL, NBA and MLB as well as various other leagues. He is a graduate of Temple University where he studied Broadcasting and Journalism. Marc’s previous stops include the Trenton Times and NBC Sports Philadelphia. He also worked on the production crew of NBC Sunday Night Football for 11 seasons. When not working, Marc is probably sipping his next espresso to get him ready for more work.