How to Watch NBA Finals Live Stream Online without Cable

By June 1, 2017 No Comments

NBA Finals live stream

Dates: Thursday, June 1st through Sunday, June 18th
Network: ABC/ESPN3
Live stream: Sling TV (free 7-day trial)

It’s June, and that means that it’s time for the 2017 NBA Finals! After another thoroughly exciting season, we are almost ready to wrap up the 2016-2017 season – but not before we kick back and enjoy the Finals! This year, it’s once again a rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. If you’re looking for a way to watch the NBA Finals live stream, we’ve got you covered.

But what if you don’t have cable? Is it possible to watch the NBA Finals online? It sure is! This year, the action will air on ABC, and will also be simulcast on ESPN3. Luckily, these networks can be watched without cable, using the services described below.


Watch NBA Finals Online via DIRECTV NOW


DIRECTV NOW is a full-fledged cable alternative, serving up 60+ channels for $35 a month. No contract is required, meaning you can cancel at any time. You can use DIRECTV NOW on most devices, ranging from streaming players like Apple TV and Chromecast to mobile devices and computers. For more info, see our DIRECTV NOW review.

DIRECTV NOW includes ABC in some areas. If you live in an area where ABC is offered, you can get the NBA Finals stream in that way. If you don’t live in a covered area, you can still stream NBA Finals games, it just requires an extra step. DIRECTV NOW allows you to access the WatchESPN app, which is a 3rd-party streaming app owned by ESPN. This app will air live coverage of the Playoffs games. So basically, you’ll use your DIRECTV NOW login information to access the app, and watch via the app on your devices. It’s a bit roundabout, but it works. You’ll also get 60+ other great channels, which are all included directly in the DIRECTV NOW interface.

Want to watch NBA Finals live stream free? Get started with a free 7-day trial!


Watch NBA Finals Live Stream via Sling TV

Sling TV is a popular and full-featured online streaming service that’s a great choice for anyone looking to get rid of cable. The service offers a complete alternative to cable TV, serving up anywhere from 30 to 150+ channels, depending on which package you go with. Plans start at just $20 a month, with NO CONTRACT!

To access NBA Finals streaming, you can simply go with the basic package, Sling Orange. This gives you 30+ channels for $20 a month. Among those channels is ESPN3, which will host the entire NBA Finals live stream! The action actually airs on ABC, but thanks to a broadcasting agreement, ESPN3 will also air all of the NBA Finals game live streams. You’ll also get ESPN, TNT, TBS, AMC, CNN and much more. In addition, ABC itself is available in some areas, but it won’t be necessary since all the Finals games will air on ESPN3, as well. See our Sling TV review to learn more.

You can use Sling TV on most streaming players, smartphones, tablets, computers and more. Sling offers discounted or free streaming devices for new customers who sign up and prepay for a few months in advance. So, if you’re in need of a compatible device, this is a good way to go.

Want to watch NBA Finals online free? Check out Sling TV’s free 7-day trial!


Access NBA Finals Streaming via PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is a streaming platform that lets you watch live TV without cable on your PlayStation consoles, streaming devices and mobile devices. Its plans start at $30 a month, with no contract.

In terms of the NBA Finals stream, Vue works in the same way as DIRECTV NOW: ABC is offered directly in some areas, while access to the WatchESPN app is offered to all Vue subscribers. So, depending on where you live, it might require an extra step to stream NBA Finals games, but it’s still an affordable and legal way to gain access to the action.

To learn more, take a read through our PS Vue review. Or, start things off with a FREE 7-day trial!


What Channel is the NBA Finals On?

This year, ABC holds the rights to broadcast the 2017 NBA Finals. You can get the ABC live stream via the services described above, in select areas. All games will also air on ESPN3. You can get the ESPN3 live stream directly via Sling TV (free 7-day trial). You can also use DIRECTV NOW or PlayStation Vue to access the WatchESPN app, which will also air the games.

For more information, head over to our NBA Playoffs streaming guide, or our all-encompassing NBA live stream guide. You can also check here for scheduling info for the 2017 NBA Finals.

Austin Meadows

Author Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows is a cord-cutting reporter living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific North West. Disclosure: Streaming Observer is supported by readers. Articles may contain referral links. For more information, see the disclosure at the bottom of the page.

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