The 2021 NBA playoffs are quickly reaching the end of the road. After an exciting regular season and postseason full of surprises, Saturday night brings Game 5 of the latest 2020-21 basketball series, when the Milwaukee Bucks face the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals on ABC. . Thanks to, you won’t need a cable subscription to watch the finals this year.
So far, the series has followed the path of local teams. The Suns ran business with two wins at their home floor to open the series, while the Bucks won Games 3 and 4 at home in Milwaukee. The action returns to Phoenix for Game 5, with start for tonight’s contest scheduled for 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) on ABC.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream the action – no cable required.
What is the schedule for the NBA Finals?
The 2021 NBA playoffs began on May 22 and the 2021 NBA Finals began on July 6. As in previous years, each playoff series requires four games to win and runs up to seven games. The Suns have home-court advantage due to their superior record in the regular season.
Here’s the NBA Finals schedule, via NBA.com.
Saturday July 17 (Game 5)
- Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on ABC (Series tied 2-2)
Tuesday July 20 (Game 6)
- Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on ABC
Thursday July 22 (Game 7, if necessary)
- Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on ABC
How can I watch the NBA Finals on live TV without cable?
Almost all the top fiveThey offer ABC (all but Sling TV), but not all services have their local ABC station, so check the links below to make sure it’s available in your area. Sling, to his credit, will be simulcasting the ABC games on ESPN3, so you will be able to stream the games on his service.
Our best picks? For the most comprehensive option, and a better app, check out YouTube TV. If you want to get all the games for the cheapest rate, Sling TV is the choice.
Since all games will be broadcast on ABC, if you don’t want to use a streaming service, you canand catch the games that way.
Sling TV’s Orange package costs $ 35 per month. While it doesn’t have ABC, Sling says it will simulcast the games that air on ABC through ESPN3.
Read our Sling TV review.
Are fans allowed in the games?
While the 2020 playoffs were held in a Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida, the NBA has played its 2020-21 season in regular stadiums with fans increasingly returning to stadiums as local restrictions of COVID-19 have been alleviated. Fans can participate in playoff games this year, and both the Bucks and Suns will receive nearly full crowds for the final.