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

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The 2022 NBA playoffs livestreams are here, and they are going wild. Boston and Golden State have gone up 3-0, looking to complete sweeps. Brooklyn's failures have been the most upsetting, and now Ben Simmons won't actually be back in the Celtics vs Nets live stream.

NBA playoffs channels

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

Atlanta finally got one from Miami, winning by a single point. Or, technically, they won it by a single Trae Young shot. Finally awakened in these playoffs, Young is the kind of X-factor we've been waiting for to wake up. 

Oh, and while Philly had gone up 3-0, Toronto clawed a game away to prevent a sweep. That came from Pascal Siakam pulling in 34 points, with 15 in the fourth. Across the court, Joel Embiid's dealing with a right thumb injury that requires a brace and kept him to 21 points (on 7 for 16 shooting).

The Bucks, though, managed to thrive in the face of injury, with Khris Middleton out injured. That was thanks to Grayson Allen's five 3-pointers 22 points in a dominanet 111-81 win over Chicago. They're now up 2-1.

Similarly, Phoenix got a win over New Orleans without Devin Booker, thanks to Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton — both of whom scored 28 points. They too are now up 2-1.

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

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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 schedule of first round games 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

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. And you can save 50% on your first month!

NBA playoffs schedule

All times below are in ET.

* = If necessary

Eastern Conference:

Miami vs Atlanta (Heat up 2-1)

  • Game 1: Miami 115, Atlanta 91
  • Game 2: Miami 115, Atlanta 105 
  • Game 3: Atlanta 111, Miami 110
  • Game 4: April 24 @ 7 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 5*: April 26 (details TBA)
  • Game 6*: April 28 (details TBA)
  • Game 7*: April 30 (time TBA) on TNT

Boston vs Brooklyn (Celtics up 3-0)

  • Game 1: Boston 115, Brooklyn 114
  • Game 2: Boston 114, Brooklyn 107
  • Game 3: Boston 109, Brooklyn 103
  • Game 4: April 25 @ 7 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 5*: April 27 (details TBA)
  • Game 6*: April 29 (details TBA)
  • Game 7*: May 1 (details TBA)

Milwaukee vs Chicago (Bucks up 2-1)

  • Game 1: Milwaukee 93, Chicago 86
  • Game 2: Chicago 114, Milwaukee 110
  • Game 3: Milwaukee 111, Chicago 81
  • Game 4: April 24 @ 1 p.m. on ABC/ESPN3
  • Game 5*: April 27 (details TBA)
  • Game 6*: April 29 (details TBA)
  • Game 7*: May 1 (details TBA)

Philadelphia vs Toronto (76ers up 3-1)

  • Game 1: Philadelphia 131, Toronto 111
  • Game 2: Philadelphia 112, Toronto 97
  • Game 3: Philadelphia 104, Toronto 101 (OT)
  • Game 4: Toronto 110, Philadelphia 102
  • Game 5: April 25 @ 8 p.m. on NBA TV
  • Game 6*: April 28 (details TBA)
  • Game 7*: April 30 (time TBA) on TNT

Western Conference:

Phoenix vs New Orleans (Suns up 2-1)

  • Game 1: Phoenix 110, New Orleans 99
  • Game 2: New Orleans 125, Phoenix 114
  • Game 3: Phoenix 114, New Orleans 111
  • Game 4: April 24 @ 9:30 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 5*: April 26 (details TBA)
  • Game 6*: April 28 (details TBA)
  • Game 7*: April 30 (time TBA) on TNT

Memphis vs Minnesota (tied 2-2)

  • Game 1: Minnesota 130, Memphis 117
  • Game 2: Memphis 124, Minnesota 96
  • Game 3: Memphis 104, Minnesota 95
  • Game 4: Minnesota 119, Memphis 118
  • Game 5: April 26 @ 7:30 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 6*: April 29 (details TBA)
  • Game 7*: May 1 (details TBA)

Golden State vs Denver (Warriors up 3-0)

  • Game 1: Golden State 123, Denver 107
  • Game 2: Golden State 126, Denver 106
  • Game 3: Golden State 118, Denver 113
  • Game 4: April 24 @ 3:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN3
  • Game 5*: April 25 (details TBA)
  • Game 6*: April 28 (details TBA)
  • Game 7*: April 30 (time TBA) on TNT

Dallas vs Utah (tied 2-2)

  • Game 1: Utah 99, Dallas 93
  • Game 2: Dallas 110, Utah 104
  • Game 3: Dallas 126, Utah 118
  • Game 4: Utah 100, Dallas 99
  • Game 5*: April 25 (details TBA)
  • Game 6*: April 28 (details TBA)
  • Game 7*: April 30 (time TBA) on TNT

NBA playoff live streams in the UK

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British basketball fans' luck on Sky Sports is ... mixed. Not all of the NBA playoffs will be available. Currently, Sky is listing only two games right now:

Milwaukee @ Chicago - Game 4 on Sky Sports Action at 6 p.m. BST

Golden State @ Denver - Game 4 on Sky Sports Action @ 8:30 p.m. BST

Want to watch every game live? You may need a little help from a service such as ExpressVPN.

NBA playoffs live streams in Canada

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Hoops fans in Canada can catch some (but apparently not all) of the NBA playoff live streams. Some will air on TSN and other on SportsNet.

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

NBA playoff live streams in Australia

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It appears that (as was the case in previous years) Kayo Sports is your best bet for NBA basketball. Kayo should have the ESPN-hosted NBA playoff games, so go by the above lists and add 14 hours to convert ET to AEDT.

Kayo offers a 14-day free trial for both its Basic and Premium plans, more than enough time to confirm they're actually showing the games. 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. 

Want to watch every game (those pesky non-ESPN games, too) live? You may need a little help from a service such as ExpressVPN.

Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.