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It has been a strange NBA season, but there's nothing weird about two exciting teams facing off in the 2020 NBA Finals. This year's match-up pits the thrilling — but injury-plagued — Miami Heat against the Death Star that LeBron James and co. have built with the Los Angeles Lakers. It's a series with plenty of drama, so let's make sure you know how to stream the NBA Finals without cable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the NBA Finals:
Below, we'll lay out everything you need to know about watching the NBA Finals without cable. We'll make sure that you know when and where to catch every game online or over-the-air — no cable required.
Game 1: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
Wednesday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m.
Game 2: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
Friday, October 2 at 9:00 p.m.
Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
Tuesday, October 6 at 9:00 p.m.
Game 5*: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
Friday, October 9 at 9:00 p.m.
Game 6*: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 7*: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday, October 13 at 9:00 p.m.
* If necessary
The NBA Finals are a little simpler to follow than the NHL Stanley Cup Final and some other championships, because the 2020 NBA Finals games are all on just one network: ABC. That means we just have to figure out how to watch ABC without cable — which, fortunately, is not hard to do!
One great way to get ABC without cable and watch the NBA Finals online is to invest in a live TV streaming service. A live TV streaming service, or “skinny bundle,” is a cable-like bundle of live TV channels. These sorts of services are typically much cheaper than their cable and satellite counterparts, though, and they stream the content over the internet. You won't pay much to watch the NBA Finals through one of these services — especially if you make timely use of a free trial offer.
We'll start out our list of ways to watch the NBA Finals with these streaming services. Then, we'll talk about free over-the-air TV, which is a great way to watch the NBA Finals free, no cable required.
Stream the NBA Finals for free with Hulu
Not every live TV streaming service has an ABC live stream, but some of them do — including the excellent Hulu + Live TV. Hulu + Live TV has a lot to offer NBA fans, especially during the Finals. You can check out every game on ABC using Hulu + Live TV, and you can enjoy the coverage and recaps on ESPN and other included sports networks, too. Hulu + Live TV offers a free trial.
Stream the NBA Finals for free with fuboTV
fuboTV is a live TV streaming service that puts sports first. It boasts plenty of sports-specific channels and live sporting events, and it's no slouch when it comes to watching the NBA Finals: fuboTV offers a live stream of ABC, meaning you can stream every NBA Finals game on the service.
AT&T TV Now is a live TV streaming service with a lot of great channels on offer. Among those channels is an ABC live stream, which makes AT&T TV Now a great option for NBA fans who want to cut the cord without missing a minute of the thrilling NBA Finals.
Want to watch the NBA Finals without cable? Then you should consider YouTube TV, the live TV streaming service from tech giant Google. This superb streaming service includes a ton of great networks, including ABC and ESPN.
ABC is relatively easy for many cord cutters to get ahold of, because it's one of the four major networks that boast local affiliates all over the nation — and those local affiliates broadcast over the air. That means that the odds are good that ABC is available in your area for free over the air. Unless you live in a relatively rural area or are unlucky with your reception, getting the NBA Finals should be as simple as finding the right antenna for your situation, buying it, and installing it before tip-off on Thursday. And finding the right antenna is easy when you follow our simple antenna guide.
You sure can! Thanks to the platform support offered by the services we listed above, you'll have plenty of options for streaming the NBA Finals on your favorite device. Each of the services that we listed above offers an app compatible our favorite platforms, including Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast.
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