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How to watch the NBA Playoffs online

The NBA regular season came to a close this past week which means the NBA Playoffs are just around the corner. With Round 1 tipping off this Easter weekend we know you all are wondering the same things: will LeBron James and company complete their quest for a three-peat? Can the up and coming Warriors or TrailBlazers play a Cinderella role in the West? Is this the year Kevin Durant finally gets rewarded for his greatness? 

Though, the most important question may actually be: Where can you watch the final 16 teams vie for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy?

Lucky for you the NBA Playoffs are accessible through many different sites online. We’ve put together this simple walkthrough for streaming the upcoming NBA Playoff action online. So go grab your favorite team’s jersey from the closet and we’ll have you streaming NBA Playoff action in no time.

How to watch the NBA Playoffs online

NBA Playoff Bracket

Network sites

The network offerings are the safest sites of the bunch to access and watch the NBA Playoffs, but they won’t offer every game for each playoff matchup. We recommend trying these first before moving onto more questionable sites as they run less a risk of harming your computer. 

TNT Overtime

TNT is the NBA’s prominent playoff partner both on television and online. The TV program calls their playoff coverage 40 Games in 40 Nights and offers extensive analysis throughout the entirety of the playoffs. This extends to their online presence by way of the TNT Overtime website.

During the playoffs TNT Overtime will offer live game feeds, DVR playback, four alternate camera angles, and their award winning coverage. Fans can interact with other viewers via Twitter, view advanced stats, and vote on a game’s best performers.

Though they don’t offer each game of every series, TNT will broadcast nearly one game per day online. Their Round 1 schedule alone has them featuring 10 games between April 20-28. 

Watch ESPN

ESPN’s online streaming site gives fans access to slightly more games than the TNT Overtime site, though you do need a cable provider subscription to view the content. 

Access to the Watch ESPN site allows you to watch live NBA Playoff games airing on any of the ESPN channels. They also re-air select games which previously ran on ESPN and provide the same announcers as you’d see on the TV broadcasts.

Questionable streaming sites

There exist a wide variety of online streaming sites that grant access to many live sporting events. Even though these sites provide largely unrestricted streaming do keep in mind that most come packed with spam and pop-up windows. This can be frustrating for most users but with some patience you’d have access to every single NBA Playoff game. We don’t recommend heavy use of these streaming sites as even the slightest miscalculated click can infect your computer with a nasty virus.

Once you find these streaming sites on the Web you’ll notice the deep selection of games available to you, though you often sacrifice access for quality. Sites like First Fow Sports, Justin.tv, or VIPBox Sports are some of the most popular when it comes to streaming sporting events online. While these might be of use, the hassle of avoiding spam and dealing with low quality playback often make these services more of an inconvenience than a help.

Note: As a rule of thumb never click on any link which asks you to download any HD Players, update your streaming software, or to install any “required” media players. These are often just spam links which could infect your computer with viruses.

Other options

Reddit’s NBA page

The NBA subreddit is an incredible website for all things NBA and with the onset of the playoffs this weekend should provide additional resources to watching the games online. Users typically post links to different sites right before the games tip-off so there’s no flagging or taking down of the streams. This page is also a great resource for all NBA fans and features endless amounts of user updated NBA content.

ESPN Gamecast

Though not a video option, ESPN offers their signature play-by-play Gamecast presentation for each playoff game through their website. Just navigate to the NBA scoreboard during each day of play, select the game you wish to watch, and the Gamecast window opens. This feature shows real-time events including whenever a player takes a shot (and from where), lists the team stats and box score, and provides links to all other currently playing games.