The football season might be over for another year, but there’s plenty of American sport to feast your eyes on. After months of buildup, the NBA Finals are due to take place in June in the US and here’s how you can watch online in the UK.
While the time difference is awkward, there are several ways for UK fans to watch the NBA Finals online.
NBA Playoff Finals: UK dates and times
We’re currently at the conference finals stage – as with the NHL Stanley Cup – where four teams are battling it out for a place in the championship finals.
The Eastern Conference final is the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics. The Celtics won the first two games and here’s the remaining schedule:
- 20 May, 1:30am BST
- 22 May, 1:30am BST
- 24 May, 1:30am BST (if needed)
- 26 May, 1:30am BST (if needed)
- 28 May, 1:30am BST (if needed)
The Western Conference final is the Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets, which is tied 1-1 after two games, here’s the remaining schedule:
- 21 May, 1:00am BST
- 23 May, 2:00am BST
- 25 May, 2:00am BST
- 27 May, 2:00am BST (if needed)
- 29 May, 2:00am BST (if needed)
The NBA Finals are due to begin on 31 May and we’ll add the schedule when it’s available.
How to watch NBA Finals live online in the UK
So, how can you tune into the NBA Finals action from the comfort of your home in the UK?
The best option is to use BT Sport, available via not only BT TV but also via Your Sky TV, the BT Sport website and the BT Sport app available for iOS and Android. You can watch a live stream or on catch-up if the middle of the night isn’t suitable.
The catch? It’s a paid subscription, so those interested in watching the NBA Finals via BT Sport will have to fork out for a subscription.
But what about if you don’t want to pay for access to BT Sport?
There’s also a service called the NBA League Pass, allowing NBA fans worldwide to keep up-to-date on all the latest Basketball-related action. Those interested can head over to the NBA website and pick up a monthly subscription for £29.99, or a 24 hour pass for £6.99.
Alternatively, you could try to access the NBA Finals via the Watch ESPN website, but it requires a paid cable TV subscription to do so. If you have contacts in the US that are happy to share login details with you then great!
Once you’ve acquired a login from a US friend, chances are you’ll need a VPN to access the service – we recommend NordVPN, but you can read more about VPNs and choose one from our selection of the best VPNs here.
If you haven’t got any US-based contacts willing to share cable login details with you, the only option left is to find a stream online. While we don’t encourage watching pirated content as it’s in breach of the copyright holder’s rights, those interested in finding a stream of the NBA Finals can do so via forum-based websites like Reddit.
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