The 2016 NBA Finals drew incredible ratings, and 2017 is shaping up to be no different. In fact, the Finals feature the same two teams: Warriors vs Cavs, and while Golden State is off to a hot start to the series, last year’s Finals proved anything is possible. With the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers facing off for the third year in a row, this series is sure to be one for the history books. Up until recently, there was no legal way to watch NBA finals online without a cable subscription. But that was then, and this is now. In 2017, you can legally stream NBA Finals through various services. Let’s take a closer look at how you can enjoy an NBA finals live stream.
This year, the NBA Finals are set to be simulcast on ESPN3 and ABC. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch them if you don’t have cable – below, check out your best options to stream the NBA Finals.
Get the Warriors vs Cavs Live Stream via DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW is an excellent online streaming service that will allow you to watch Warriors vs Cavaliers online during the 2017 NBA Finals. The service is a complete cable alternative, serving up a whopping 60+ channels for only $35 a month. No contract is needed, and you can use DIRECTV NOW on most devices. See our DIRECTV NOW review to learn more.
DIRECTV NOW’s basic package includes many excellent channels, including ABC in some areas. If you’re in an area where ABC is not offered, you can still get the NBA Finals stream, it just requires an extra step. You can use your DIRECTV NOW account details to log into the WatchESPN App (which also works on streaming devices and most other devices). The WatchESPN App will give you access to ESPN3, which in turn gives you access to NBA Finals streaming. So, it’s a bit of a workaround method, but once you’ve set it up it works great.
If you’re interested in trying it out, be sure to sign up for DIRECTV NOW’s free 7-day trial!
Watch the NBA Finals Live Stream with Sling TV
Anyone with an internet connection can watch the NBA Finals online using Sling TV. The service offers 30+ channels to watch live, for only $20 a month – and with no contract. It works on most devices, from your streaming player (Roku, Apple TV, etc.) to your smartphone or computer.
It’s fast and easy to start watching an NBA Finals live stream on Sling TV (review). Sign up now and you can be watching in less than 5 minutes!
Here are the simple steps to watch the NBA Finals online with Sling TV:
Step 1: Sign up for Sling TV. There’s a free trial that will last you 7 days. After that, for just $20 a month you can stream live cable channels like ESPN, TNT, AMC, and more with no contract. Choose the Sling Orange package or go for one of the bigger packages, if desired.
Step 2: Sign in on your device. You can use Sling TV on most devices, including mobile phones, computers, and streaming devices. If you don’t have a compatible device to use, you can get a free streaming device by prepaying for a few months of Sling TV!
Step 3: Tune into ESPN3. ABC is the official carrier of the NBA Finals, but ESPN3 simulcasts it. ESPN3 is available directly via the Sling TV interface, along with 30+ other great channels. Also, ABC itself is available in some areas, but it doesn’t really matter as ESPN3 will work just as well, and is available nationwide.
With Sling TV, you’ll get ESPN3 for Warriors vs Cavaliers streaming, plus ESPN, AMC, TNT, TBS and much more. You can expand your channel selection even further by adding on additional channel packages. No contract is ever required, so you are free to cancel at any time.
Watch the NBA Finals Online with PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue also provides a way to stream NBA Finals without cable. It works pretty much the same way as the services we’ve already described, in that it provides live access to many popular TV networks without cable. It works on most streaming devices.
For the purposes of NBA Finals streaming, Vue works in the same way as DIRECTV NOW: ABC is included in select areas, and for everyone else, you can get the NBA Finals stream via the WatchESPN (which can be accessed using your PlayStation Vue login info).
Can You Watch the 2017 NBA Finals with the Watch ABC app?
If you’re a cord cutter, you can’t use the Watch ABC app to watch live TV, as it requires a pay-TV login. However, if you still have cable, you can watch assuming you’re in one of the following markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham or San Francisco. For more information, visit abc.go.com.
What Channel is the NBA Finals On?
The 2017 NBA Finals will air on ABC. You can get the ABC live stream via the services above, but it’s only available in some areas. Here’s the good news: ESPN3 will also air the NBA Finals game live stream for every game, and ESPN3 live stream is available directly via Sling TV and indirectly via the other services listed above.
2017 NBA Playoffs Streaming Schedule:
Note: all games can be viewed using Sling TV, or one of the other services described above.
All times in Eastern Time (ET)
Game 1: Thursday, June 1 at Golden State, 9:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 2: Sunday, June 4 at Golden State, 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 3: Wednesday, June 7 at Cleveland, 9:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 4: Friday, June 9 at Cleveland, 9:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5*: Monday, June 12 at Golden State, 9:00 p.m. ET, ABC (if necessary)
Game 6*: Thursday, June 15 at Cleveland, 9:00 p.m. ET, ABC (if necessary)
Game 7*: Sunday, June 18 at Golden State, 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC (if necessary)
For more scheduling info, see this page.
Questions about Getting an NBA Finals Live Stream?
The 2017 NBA Finals are sure to be a series to remember. If you’re looking to access NBA Finals streaming, Sling TV is your best option. It’s easy to sign up, easy to use, and comes without a contract. Need help setting it up? Let us know!