Just four teams remain in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. Warriors vs Mavericks will contest the Western Conference Final, while Heat vs Celtics will battle for the Eastern honours. Game 1 starts on Tuesday, 18th May, at 8.30pm ET (Heat vs Celtics). Fans in the US can watch an NBA Playoffs live stream with a Sling $10 discount (opens in new tab). Scroll down for full details.
The 2022 NBA playoffs has taken off like a rocket thanks to a glut of postseason talent, the lure of an NBA Championship title and some high-pressure, high-energy dunks.
Last week's semifinals saw Boston Celtics knock out defending champions the Milwaukee Bucks, while Dallas Mavericks crushed No.1 seed Phoenix Suns in Game 7.
No.2 seed Celtics now face top-seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Final. Erik Spoelstra's Heat, no stranger to championship wins, are the favourites here. No.4 seed Maverick will be underdogs when they face Draymond Green's No.3 seed Golden State Warriors, starting Tuesday at 9am ET.
The winners of each best-of-seven will meet in the 2022 NBA Finals on 2nd June 2022.
Watching Winning Time and wondering where the Lakers are? Bad news: after starting the regular season as Western Conference favourites, LA struggled with injuries and crashed out of the playoffs picture as the 11th seeds.
Ready for the Conference Finals? US fans can watch the 2022 NBA Playoffs on Sling TV from anywhere – full details below.
Watch a cheap NBA Playoffs live stream
NBA playoff games will be split between ESPN, TNT, ABC/ESPN 3, ESPNews and NBA TV. The NBA finals will be shown exclusively on ABC.
Don't have a monster cable package? Sling TV is the most affordable way to stream all four channels.
Subscription to Sling TV Orange (ESPN, ESPN 3, TNT, NBA TV and more) costs $35 a month and new users get $10 off their first month of the service (opens in new tab). Add the Sports Extra package for $10 a month and you'll get ESPNews too. Sweet!
Sling TV Save $10 – NBA Playoffs & Finals 2022 (opens in new tab)
Catch the NBA basketball and much more with a discount on the Sling TV Orange package. It's $35 a month thereafter should you choose to continue. No contract. Cancel at any time.
Outside the States? Remember you'll need to use a VPN to watch the NBA on Sling (opens in new tab) when travelling overseas.
Watch an NBA Playoffs live stream from abroad using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2022 NBA Playoffs rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.
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How to use a VPN for the NBA Playoffs
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the basketball you may wish to choose 'USA' for Sling TV.
3. Then head over to Sling TV (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy the 2022 NBA Playoffs live stream.
If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). You could also try NordVPN (opens in new tab), which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark (opens in new tab) which offers 24 hour assistance.
Watch an NBA Playoffs live stream in the UK
Sky Sports has you covered for all of this year's NBA Playoffs games.
Another option is the NBA League Pass. Subscription costs £14.99 a month but new users get a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab).
Remember: you'll need to use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access NBA League Pass when travelling outside the UK.
Watch an NBA Playoffs live stream in Australia
Hoops fans in Oz can catch the NBA Playoffs on Foxtel. Another, cheaper, option is to stream Foxtel via Kayo (opens in new tab), Australia's top sports streaming service.
Kayo offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial (opens in new tab). After that, membership costs from $25 a month.
Kayo is only available within Australia but you can access your Kayo account from overseas using a VPN (opens in new tab). Details just above.
NBA Playoffs live stream in Canada
Basketball fans in Canada can watch the 2022 NBA Playoffs games on a mixture of TSN and Sportsnet.
Streaming access to Sportsnet costs from $14.99 a month; streaming access to TSN will set you back $19.99 a month, $7.99 a day or $99.95 for six months (prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and before tax).
Again, you'll need to use a VPN (opens in new tab) to watch when travelling outside of Canada.
2022 NBA Playoffs schedule & TV times
All times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
• Game 1: Boston vs. Miami | Tuesday, May 17 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 2: Boston vs. Miami | Thursday, May 19 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 3: Miami vs. Boston | Saturday, May 21 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• Game 4: Miami vs. Boston | Monday, May 23 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• Game 5*: Boston vs. Miami | Wednesday, May 25 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 6*: Miami vs. Boston | Friday, May 27 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 7*: Boston vs. Miami | Sunday, May 29 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Game 1: Dallas vs. Golden State | Wednesday, May 18 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 2: Dallas vs. Golden State | Friday, May 20 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 3: Golden State vs. Dallas | Sunday, May 22 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 4: Golden State vs. Dallas | Tuesday, May 24 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 5*: Dallas vs. Golden State | Thursday, May 26 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 6*: Golden State vs. Dallas | Saturday, May 28 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 7*: Dallas vs. Golden State | Monday, May 30 | 8 ET | TNT
2022 NBA FINAL
June 2: NBA Finals 2022 Game 1
June 5: NBA Finals 2022 Game 2
June 8: NBA Finals 2022 Game 3
June 10: NBA Finals 2022 Game 4
June 13: NBA Finals 2022 Game 5 (If necessary)
June 16: NBA Finals 2022 Game 6 (If necessary)
June 19: NBA Finals 2022 Game 7 (If necessary)