The 2021 NBA playoffs have seen big names like the Lakers, Knicks and Heat eliminated, while some of the best teams that have advanced, like the Nets and 76ers, face injuries to star players. Tonight brings just one game on TNT, with the nuggets looking to match their series with the Suns.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch live on TNT, no cable required.
What is the NBA playoff schedule?
The 2021 NBA playoffs began on Saturday, May 22 and the first round concluded on June 6. Subsequent rounds will continue through early summer and the 2021 NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on July 8. As in previous years, each playoff series requires four games to win and runs up to seven games.
Here is the program for the next few days.
Wednesday June 9
- No. 3 Denver Nuggets at No. 1 Phoenix Suns, 6:30 pm PT / 9:30 pm ET on TNT (Suns lead 1-0)
Thursday June 10
- No. 2 Brooklyn Nets at No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks, at 4:30 pm PT / 7:30 pm ET on ESPN (Nets lead 2-0)
- No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers at No. 1 Utah Jazz, 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET on ESPN (Jazz lead series 1-0)
Friday June 11
- No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers at No. 5 Atlanta Hawks, 4:30 pm PT / 7:30 pm ET on ESPN (series tied 1-1)
- No. 1 Phoenix Suns at No. 3 Denver Nuggets, 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on ESPN (Suns lead series 1-0)
Take a look at the whole 2021 NBA playoff schedule at NBA.com.
How can I watch the NBA playoffs on live TV without cable?
Four of the top fiveThey offer ESPN, TNT, and 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 simulcast the games that will air on ABC.
If you have FuboTV, you will need something else to watch the games on TNT. 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.
Google’s live TV streaming service offers all the channels you’ll need for the NBA playoffs for $ 65 per month.
Read our YouTube TV review.
Sling TV’s Orange package offers ESPN and TNT for $ 35 a month. While it doesn’t have ABC, Sling says it will simulcast the games that will air on ABC through ESPN3.
Read our Sling TV review.
AT&T TV’s basic entertainment package costs $ 70 and offers all the channels you’ll need for the NBA playoffs.
Read our AT&T TV review.
FuboTV offers ABC and ESPN as part of its basic $ 65-per-month plan, but it doesn’t have TNT.
Read our FuboTV review.
Will fans be 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 this year’s playoff games, although the the exact number at each location will vary.