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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 feels like a wild see-saw, and we just got some very bad news over the wire. Chris Paul is reportedly entering the NBA's Covid-19 health and safety protocols, and is out indefinitely. Hopefully he gets well soon, as the Suns have time off until the Clippers vs Jazz live streams decide who faces Phoenix.

Last night in Brooklyn, the Nets managed to go up 3-2 on the Bucks, and we're curious about how that series will go tomorrow in Milwaukee. James Harden returned to the court for 46 minutes of play, but only managed 5 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Still, when the Nets only won by six, every point counts. Tonight's Hawks vs 76ers live stream, though, sees both teams tied at two games a piece, with Trae Young looking to continue writing his ascending story.

NBA Playoffs standings

• Clippers vs Jazz: TIED 2-2
• Bucks vs Nets:  BKN up 3-2
• Hawks vs 76ers: TIED 2-2
• Nuggets vs Suns: PHX won 4-0

Yes, somehow the 76ers have managed to twice 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 moment in the sun has hit a scary speed bump, as seen above. 

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.