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As the time for the NBA playoffs for the year 2023 comes closer, it is no surprise that people have already started looking for networks or platforms where they can catch all of the games! Well, in that case, you won’t have to search any further as we have done most of the legwork (or type-work) for you. We plan to share the details with you regarding the dates and schedules of the 2023 NBA playoffs.

This blog will answer most, if not all, of your important questions about the NBA games. Additionally, we will also be discussing the devices you can use to stream or watch the 2023 NBA playoffs. After all, you need to plan your NBA viewing well in advance to make sure nothing goes wrong on the crucial gamedays!

As for the next season, NBA has already started its 77th season with a traditional 82-game season from October 18th, 2022 and it is scheduled to end on April 9th, 2023. So, let’s take a look at the scheduled dates for the NBA playoffs in 2023.

When Are the 2023 NBA Playoffs?

The 2023 NBA Playoffs are set to kick off on April 15, 2023. The Play-in tournaments, however, start on April 11, Tuesday and will end the following Friday, April 14, 2023. To get the full schedule or the key dates, keep reading!

How to Watch the NBA Playoffs 2023

So, you know the important dates for the NBA games, but where can you watch the games once the playoff begins? Well, good news for you if you are subscribed to a TV plan! Channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV (of course) hold exclusive rights for broadcasting the games. And they not only broadcast the NBA playoffs, but you can also watch the championship games, conference playoffs, and more.

If you don’t have a TV plan or cable TV, there is still a way for you to stream the games on these channels. You can download and use streaming apps to watch the games. Just like you stream movies using Netflix on your laptop, you can do the same for the NBA games. Depending on the streaming service you choose, you might be able to watch a few games or all of them. Check out the table below for the streaming service options:

Service ESPN TNT ABC NBA TV

YouTube TV

Yes

Yes

Most markets

Yes

DirecTV via Internet

Yes

Yes

Most markets

Certain plans

Sling TV

Certain plans

Yes

Some markets

Add-on

Hulu + Live TV

Yes

Yes

Most markets

No

fuboTV

No

Yes

Most markets

Yes

As you can see from the table, YouTube TV is the best possible option given that it includes ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, and even ABC in most markets. The next best option is DirecTV via Internet which includes ESPN, TNT, ABC (in most markets), and NBA TV, although it is only available in certain plans. Sling TV, on the other hand, offers NBA TV as an add-on and ESPN in certain plans only. TNT is included with Sling TV as well and ABC is available in some markets only.

Hulu + Live TV includes ESPN, TNT, and ABC (in most markets), but not NBA TV. fuboTV is quite the same as Hulu + Live TV with one difference. It includes NBA TV, TNT, and ABC (in most markets), but not ESPN. So, you should make your decision about a streaming service accordingly. Whichever option you choose, if you want to know whether ABC is available, just use your ZIP code to check.

Devices for Streaming NBA Playoffs 2023

You can stream NBA finals and/or games on different devices. However, sometimes streaming services can be incompatible with your device and that’s why you need to make sure you are streaming with the right device. Given below is a compatibility table of streaming services and devices.

  YouTube TV Hulu + Live TV fuboTV Sling TV

Roku

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fire TV

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Apple TV

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Android TV

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chromecast

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

iOS

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Android

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Web Browser

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

All the devices mentioned here are compatible with the streaming services which is naturally a good sign. So, all you need to do now is select a device, select a service, and start streaming!

NBA Playoffs 2023 Schedule

While you wait for the 2023 NBA Playoff games to tip off, you can go back and watch NBA finals 2022. We have attached a table below with the complete game schedule for the NBA Playoffs 2023 season. The highly anticipated games will be sure to attract a massive TV audience this year.

Round Date

Play-In Tournament

Tuesday, April 11 - Friday, April 14

Round 1 – Game 1

Saturday, April 15 – Sunday, April 16

Conference Semifinals – Game 1

Monday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 2

Conference Finals – Game 1

Tuesday, May 16 – Wednesday, May 17

NBA Finals Championship – Game 1

Thursday, June 1

NBA Finals Championship – Game 2

Sunday, June 4

NBA Finals Championship – Game 3

Wednesday, June 7

NBA Finals Championship – Game 4

Friday, June 9

NBA Finals Championship – Game 5

Monday, June 12

NBA Finals Championship – Game 6

Thursday, June 15

NBA Finals Championship – Game 7

Sun, June 18

To Sum Up

It’s still a couple of months before the Play-in tournament for the NBA Playoffs begins and we couldn’t be more restless about it! And as we said before, if you have missed any part of last year’s games, you should start watching the NBA playoff games today! Aside from this, you could check out some other major sporting events on NBC Sports or CBS Sports. For now, this is where we end our topic!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I watch NBA finals?

You can watch the NBA Playoffs 2023 on ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV on TV. If you don’t have cable TV, you can always use streaming services like fuboTV, YouTube TV, etc. to stream the games on these services.

What is the NBA Playoffs TV schedule?

The NBA Playoffs 2023 begin on April 15, 2023. You can catch the games on NBA TV, ESPN, TNT, and ABC. The NBA Finals Game 1 will take place on the 1st of June, 2023. So, you don’t have to worry about what to watch for a few months after the games begin!

Where can I stream NBA finals?

You can stream the NBA playoffs on ABC, NBA TV, TNT, and ESPN. However, you won’t need to worry till April 15 since that’s when the games will kick off.