The 2017 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs are in full swing and – trust me – you don’t want to miss a minute of the action! Don’t worry, I’m going to show you how to watch the NBA playoffs online, from anywhere. After all, who doesn’t want to see Lebron James, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, or James Harden battle it out for a trip to the NBA finals?
When Is It?
The 2017 NBA playoffs began on 15 April, with each conference sending eight of the best teams through to the first round. The conference semi-finals will get underway on 29 April or 2 May, depending on which team advances.
The finals have a preliminary start date of 1 June, with game seven (if needed) finishing things up on 18 June.
How Can I Watch?
ESPN, TNT, and ABC (along with NBA TV) hold the broadcasting rights for the 2017 NBA playoffs. While these broadcasters all offer some form of online streaming, you will need a US cable subscription to log in and watch the games.
If you don’t happen to have a cable TV login, your next best option is to use a standalone streaming service, such as NBA League Pass or Sling TV.
I’ve highlighted these two streaming services for the NBA playoffs, along with a free (but risky!) alternative via Reddit. Let’s get started!
NBA League Pass – The Best Option!
NBA League Pass is the best option for streaming the NBA playoffs online. With pricing starting at $13.99 a month (or $44.99 for an annual subscription), League Pass is good value and also allows you to watch games on iOS, Android, Chromecast, and Roku devices.
While League Pass is available internationally, a big drawback for US viewers is the blackouts for locally and nationally televised games. Since League Pass determines your location by your device’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, an easy way around this is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to bypass NBA blackouts.
Sling TV – Free Seven-day Trial!
Sling TV is a relatively new cord-cutting service from Dish Network, which lets you watch ESPN, TNT, and tons of other channels online. With a base price of $20 a month, Sling TV is a bit more expensive than League Pass, but it does give you plenty of additional content (channels like AMC, CNN, TBS, and Cartoon Network).
There is also a seven-day free trial with Sling TV, which is great news if you want to watch NBA playoff games for free!
Unfortunately, Sling TV is currently only available in the US. International viewers can still sign up and watch Sling TV, but a VPN is needed to unblock the service.
NBAstreams – Free but Beware!
If you don’t want to spend anything, there is a way to watch the NBA playoffs for free. The NBAstreams subreddit posts free streams of all NBA action a few hours before a game is scheduled to start. There are usually a wide range of HD and non-HD streams posted, as well as device-specific links.
While I’m sure this sounds wonderful, the important thing to keep in mind is that on the internet, “free” is never really free. These streams are usually filled to the brim with pop-ups and advertisements, with infectious malware being the worst-case scenario. If you are going to take a chance with these streams, I highly recommend using a VPN to encrypt your connection and protect yourself from spam and malicious attacks.
Watch NBA Playoffs Online with a VPN
- Choose from our best VPN services list, or sign up to my personal favorite, ExpressVPN.
- Download and install the VPN software on the device you want to watch with.
- Connect to a VPN server in the US. Bypass League Pass blackouts by connecting to different regions of the US.
- Once connected, go to the streaming service you’ve selected and sign up. Now you’re all set to start streaming the NBA playoffs!
NBA Playoffs: Need to Know
First Round Results
- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers – Cleveland wins 4-0
- Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Raptors wins 4-2
- Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls – Boston wins 4-2
- Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks – Washington wins 4-2
- Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Houston wins 4-1
- Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs – San Antonio wins 4-2
- Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Utah wins 4-2
- Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Golden State wins 4-0
NBA Playoffs: the Odds
Eastern Conference Champion
- Cleveland Cavaliers – 5/16
- Boston Celtics – 6/1
- Toronto Raptors – 8/1
Western Conference Champion
- Golden State Warriors – 1/5
- San Antonio Spurs – 13/2
- Houston Rockets – 8/1
- Golden State Warriors – 2/5
- Cleveland Cavaliers – 31/10
- San Antonio Spurs – 12/1
Who is your pick to win the finals? Will Lebron James and the Cavaliers repeat last year’s success? Leave your comments below!
Image credits: National Basketball Association