How to Watch the NBA Finals Livestream (2021)

The finals are on ABC, but there's more than one way to stream

The NBA finals are on ABC again in 2021, marking the 19th year in a row that the NBA's biggest games have appeared on that network. You can catch every moment of the action live over the air if you have an antenna and live near an ABC station, or stream the games if you don't.

Event Details

The 2020-2021 season begins on December 22, 2020, at 7 p.m. EST on TNT. Visit the NBA website for the full schedule. The 2021 NBA Postseason begins on May 22, 2021. The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on July 8.

If you're a cord-cutter, we provide all the information you need to stream the NBA finals on your computer, phone, set-top box, or game console. All you need is a high-speed internet connection, access to the right streaming service, and you'll be ready for the tip-off.

Dates and times are not finalized. There are provisions for each round of the NBA playoffs to start a couple of days earlier, depending on when the previous round finishes.

How to Watch the NBA Finals

The NBA playoffs are broadcast on a combination of TNT, ESPN, NBA TV, and ABC, but the finals can be watched in their entirety on ABC. If you live in an area that has a local ABC affiliate, the best way to watch the NBA finals is to catch the free over the air broadcast with a digital TV antenna.

If you can't watch ABC with an antenna where you are or prefer to stream the NBA finals, use ABC Go or a streaming service like Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV.

The ABC Go option is only available if you have a cable subscription. Streaming services only include ABC if they have an agreement with the local ABC affiliate in your area.

How to Stream the NBA Finals on ABC Go If You Have Cable

ABC offers a livestream of your local ABC affiliate on the ABC Go website. When you watch this stream, it's essentially the same as tuning in to the local ABC channel on your television. Since the NBA finals are broadcast on ABC, you can use this site, or the ABC Go app, to stream the games.

If you have a cable or satellite subscription, this is the best way to stream the NBA finals. However, this option isn't available if you're a cord-cutter, and it isn't available if there's no participating ABC affiliate in your local area.

Here's how to watch the NBA finals on ABC Go:

  1. Navigate to ABC.com/watch-live on game day.

  2. Select Live.

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  3. If prompted, select your cable provider and enter your cable account information.

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  4. When the game starts, it will be available on ABC.com/watch-live.

How to Stream the NBA Finals Without a Cable Subscription

If you don't have a cable or satellite subscription, you can't stream the NBA finals through ABC Go. In that case, your best option is to sign up for a free trial with a television streaming service. These services are a replacement for cable and include many of the same channels that cable subscriptions commonly provide.

In addition to basic cable channels, most streaming services include major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. However, the availability of these networks is based on whether a streaming service has obtained the necessary streaming rights.

If you live in a major metropolitan area, there's a good chance at least one streaming service offers ABC where you live. If you live in a rural area, especially if there's no local ABC affiliate, there's a chance that none of the streaming services offer ABC in your area.

To help you find the best place to stream the NBA finals, we listed the major streaming sites that include ABC, along with a note about their coverage. To find one that works for you, visit their site, enter your ZIP code, and check to see if ABC is available in your geographic area.

These services offer some type of free trial, so you can get started streaming the NBA playoffs without paying anything in advance.

Here are your options, including the relevant channels each offer:

  • Hulu with Live TV: This service offers the widest coverage, with the rights to livestream ABC in over 100 markets.
  • YouTube TV: The next best coverage is YouTube TV, which has ABC in over 90 markets. If Hulu doesn't have you covered, check YouTube's live television streaming service.
  • AT&T TV Now: ABC is available from AT&T TV Now in over 80 markets, so this is the next one you should check.
  • Sling TV: The availability of ABC is limited to a few markets, and it's only available as an add-on. Even though you have to pay for the add-on, it's a good deal if you live in a market where ABC is available on the service.

Each of these services includes ABC, but not in all areas. The availability of live ABC streams from each of these services is based on the ZIP code. To choose the right service, visit each one, enter your ZIP code, and see if it offers live video from ABC or only on-demand content.

Livestream the NBA Finals on Your Phone, Tablet, or Streaming Device

If you want to watch the NBA playoffs on your mobile device, set-top box, or game console, here are the apps you'll need:

We included links to the Hulu and YouTube TV app because these offer ABC streaming in most markets. The other streaming services have their own mobile apps, so if you end up going with one of them, you still have the option to stream on your phone.

Free Online Sports Websites to Stream the NBA Finals

In addition to the official sources, you can also find NBA finals streams on unofficial sites. These sites don't have the rights to stream NBA games, but they do link to streams where you can watch.

If the area where you live doesn't have a local ABC affiliate or the affiliate in your area doesn't have an agreement with a streaming service, these sites represent the only way to stream the NBA finals.

To learn more about these websites and sites that stream sports for free, we have a guide to streaming free sports online.

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