2019 NBA Playoffs are well underway and will run in early June. And for the first time since the George W. Bush administration, they are played without LeBron James. He has led his team to the playoffs in the last 13 seasons and has reached the NBA final a surprising eight straight times.
With or without James, the NBA Playoffs continues a stardom business. Now that the second round has started, the defending champion defends Golden State Warriors, again by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, against the league scoring leader James Harden and the Houston Rockets. In the east, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee Bucks are the best seed and can play Kawhi Leonard and Toronto Raptors or Joel Embiid and Philadelphia 76ers – if they make it past Kyrie Irving and Boston Celtics.
Here is the cord the cutter's guide to watching basketball.
How can I watch the NBA Playoffs?
Playoffs are shown on four channels: ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.
WatchESPN.com and WatchESPN app along with WatchTNT.com and WatchTNT app have live games of the game. To stream games with WatchESPN or WatchTNT, you must sign in with a pay-TV account. If you do not have a pay-TV subscription, you can watch the games with a.
Other things to know about live TV streaming services:
Streaming services with all four NBA playoff channels
Sling TV ($ 30)
Sling TV's $ 25-a-month Blue package includes ESPN and TNT. It also includes ESPN3, which simulates games broadcast on ABC. You need to add $ 5 per month Sports Extra package to get the NBA TV. (The blue plan is currently discounted to $ 15 per month for the first three months.)
Watch Sling TV
YouTube TV ($ 50)
YouTube TV costs $ 50 per month and includes ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. Connect your zip code to their welcome page to see if a live stream of ABC is available where you live.
Watch YouTube TV
PlayStation Vue ($ 50)
PlayStation Vue's $ 50-per-month core plan includes ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. You can see if a live stream of ABC is available in your area here.
Watch PlayStation Vue
Streaming services with just a few NBA playoff channels
Hulu with Live TV ($ 45)
Hulu with Live TV costs $ 45 a month and includes ABC, ESPN and TNT but not NBA TV. Click the "View all channels in your area" link on their welcome page to see if a live stream of ABC is offered in your zip code. FuboTV costs $ 45 per month and includes TNT and NBA TV but not ABC or ESPN.
Look at FuboTV
DirecTV Now ($ 50)
DirecTV Now the Plus package is $ 50 per month plus ABC, ESPN and TNT but not NBA TV. You can use its channel search tool to see if you get a live stream of ABC and in your zip code.
Look at DirecTV Now
Originally published April 12, 2019.
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