How to Watch NBA Playoffs 2021 from Anywhere: TV Schedule, Live Stream without Cable
How to Watch NBA Playoffs 2021 from Anywhere: TV Schedule, Live Stream without Cable

The 2021 NBA playoff bracket is down to its usual 16 teams after a play-in tournament that featured both thrilling endings and brutal blowouts. Now comes the constant barrage of postseason contests as contenders fight for the right to hold the Larry O'Brien trophy.

We head into Wednesday’s slate with some critical Game 2s. The evening opens at 7 p.m. when the Philadelphia 76ers play host to the Washington Wizards on NBA TV. Philly leads the series 1-0. The Sixers are an eight-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and are installed at -360 on the moneyline. You can watch a live stream of the game at the NBA TV site.

The second game of the evening gets underway just after 7:30 p.m. on TNT when the New York Knicks host the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta leads the series 1-0. The Knicks are a two-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and are installed at -129 on the moneyline. You can watch a live stream of the game at Watch TNT.

The final game of the evening tips off just after 10 p.m. on TNT when the Utah Jazz host the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis leads the series 1-0. The Jazz are a nine-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and are installed at -420 on the moneyline. You can watch a live stream of the game at Watch TNT.

For both games, if you don’t have a cable login, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the games.

NBA playoffs schedule: Play-In games

Tuesday, May 18

Hornets @ Pacers, 6:30 p.m. ET

Wizards @ Celtics, 9 p.m. ET

Wednesday, May 19

Spurs vs Grizzlies, 7:30 p.m. ET

Warriors vs Lakers, 10 p.m. ET

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.

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well. Here are our top picks.

How to watch Wednesday, May 27 NBA Playoffs slate

Wizards @ Sixers, 7 p.m., NBATV — NBA TV site

Hawks @ Knicks, 7:30 p.m., TNT — Watch TNT

Grizzlies @ Jazz, 10 p.m., TNT — Watch TNT

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.

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.

How To Watch NBA Playoffs Live In India?

In India, the live broadcast of the NBA playoffs will be available on Star Sports Select and Star Sports 1. NBA fans in India can also buy the NBA League Pass (NBA App or site) to watch the postseason games live. Live scores and updates can be accessed on the Twitter handles of the teams.

Here is the 2021 NBA playoffs schedule (all times are Eastern), with odds courtesy our partner PointsBet:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Philadelphia 76ers (1) vs. Washington Wizards (8)

Game 1: Philadelphia 125, Washington 118 (76ers lead 1-0)

Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBA TV) [76ers -8]

Game 3: Saturday, May 29 at Washington, (TBD) ESPN

Game 4: Monday, May 31 at Washington, TBD (TNT)

Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD*

Game 6: Friday, June 4 at Washington, TBD, TBD *

Game 7: Sunday, June 6 at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Brooklyn Nets (2) vs. Boston Celtics (7)

Game 1: Brooklyn 104, Boston 93 (Nets lead 1-0)

Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (TNT) [Nets -9.5]

Game 3: Friday, May 28 at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (ABC)

Game 4: Sunday, May 30 at Boston, 7 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD*

Game 6: Thursday, June 3 at Boston, TBD, TBD*

Game 7: Saturday, June 5 at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Milwaukee Bucks (3) vs. Miami Heat (6)

Game 1: Milwaukee 109, Miami 107 OT (Bucks lead 1-0)

Game 2: Monday, May 24 at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m. (TNT) [Bucks -4.5]

Game 3: Thursday, May 27 at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 4: Saturday, May 29 at Miami, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD *

Game 6: Thursday, June 3 at Miami, TBD, TBD*

Game 7: Saturday, June 5 at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

New York Knicks (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5)

Game 1: Atlanta 107, New York 105 (Hawks lead 1-0)

Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 at New York, 7:30 p.m. (TNT) [Knicks -2]

Game 3: Friday, May 28 at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 4: Sunday, May 30 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 at New York, TBD, TBD*

Game 6: Friday, June 4 at Atlanta, TBD, TBD*

Game 7: Sunday, June 6 at New York, TBD, TBD*

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Utah Jazz (1) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8)

Game 1: Memphis 112, Utah 109 (Grizzlies lead 1-0)

Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 at Utah, 10 p.m. (TNT) [Jazz -8]

Game 3: Saturday, May 29 at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 4: Monday, May 31 at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 at Utah, TBD, TBD*

Game 6: Friday, at Golden State TBD, TBD*

Game 7: Sunday, June 6 at Utah, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Phoenix Suns (2) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (7)

Game 1: Phoenix 99, L.A. Lakers 100 (Suns lead 1-0)

Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 at Phoenix, 10 p.m. (TNT) [Lakers -2]

Game 3: Thursday, May 27 at L.A. Lakers, 10 p.m. (TNT)

Game 4: Sunday, May 30 at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD*

Game 6: Thursday, June 3 at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD*

Game 7: Saturday, June 5 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Denver Nuggets (3) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (6)

Game 1: Portland 123, Denver 109 (Trail Blazers lead 1-0)

Game 2: Monday, May 24 at Denver, 10 p.m. (TNT) [Nuggets -1.5]

Game 3: Thursday, May 27 at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Game 4: Saturday, May 29 at Portland, 4 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 at Denver, TBD, TBD*

Game 6: Thursday, June 3 at Portland, TBD, TBD*

Game 7: Saturday, June 5 at Denver, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Dallas Mavericks (5)

Game 1: Dallas 113, L.A. Clippers 103 (Mavericks lead 1-0)

Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV) [Clippers -6]

Game 3: Friday, May 28 at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 4: Sunday, May 30 at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 at LA Clippers, TBD, TBD*

Game 6: Friday, June 4 at Dallas, TBD, TBD*

Game 7: Sunday, June 6 at LA Clippers, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

NBA PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

• Bucks vs Heat: MIL up 2-0

• Nets vs Celtics: BKN up 2-0

• 76ers vs Wizards: PHI up 1-0

• Knicks vs Hawks: ATL up 1-0

• Jazz vs Grizzlies: MIL up 1-0

• Clippers vs Mavericks: DAL up 2-0

• Nuggets vs Trailblazers: TIED 1-1

• Suns vs Lakers: TIED 1-1

NBA schedule 2021

May 27

Game Time (ET) National TV
Bucks vs. Heat 7:30 p.m. TNT
Suns vs. Lakers 10 p.m. TNT
Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. NBA TV

May 28

Game Time (ET) National TV
Knicks vs. Hawks 7 p.m. ESPN
Nets vs. Celtics 8:30 p.m. ABC
Clippers vs. Mavericks 9:30 p.m. ESPN

May 29

Game Time (ET) National TV
Bucks vs. Heat 1:30 p.m. TNT
Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers 4 p.m. TNT
76ers vs. Wizards 7 p.m. ESPN
Jazz vs. Grizzlies 9:30 p.m. ESPN

May 30

Game Time (ET) National TV
Knicks vs. Hawks 1 p.m. ABC
Suns vs. Lakers 3:30 p.m. ABC
Nets vs. Celtics 7 p.m. TNT
Clippers vs. Mavericks 9:30 p.m. TNT

May 31

Game Time (ET) National TV
76ers vs. Wizards 7 p.m. TNT
Jazz vs. Grizzlies 9:30 p.m. TNT
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