The 2020 NBA playoffs are more reminiscent than ever of the college format, with surprising surprises, and now it’s the last four teams. In Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the most popular Los Angeles Lakers beat this year’s Cinderella team, the Denver Nuggets, last night when Lakers star Anthony Davis scored 37 points and 10 rebounds. Tonight in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, the Boston Celtics are looking for their first win against the Miami Heat. The Heat won Game 2 on Thursday with a 3-2 zone defense for much of the second half that the Celtics couldn̵
Here is the schedule for NBA basketball this weekend.
Saturday, September 18th:
- Boston Celtics v Miami Heat (Game 3, Heat Lead 2-0), 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN
Sunday, September 19th:
- Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers (Game 2, Lakers lead 1-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) on TNT
Would you like to watch the NBA playoffs without wires? We covered you below.
When did the 2020 NBA playoffs start?
The NBA playoffs, which follow a traditional seven-game format, began on August 17th. All remaining games will be broadcast nationwide on either TNT, ESPN or ABC.
Game 7 of the NBA finals will take place no later than October 13th if required.
How can I watch the NBA playoffs on TV without a cable?
As in a regular non-COVID season, Disney’s ABC and ESPN will broadcast games, with ABC broadcasting the NBA finals. ESPN is the exclusive TV network for the final of the Eastern Conference 2020.
AT & T’s Turner Sports, which operates TNT and “collectively” manages the league’s NBA Digital division, which includes NBA TV. TNT is the exclusive TV network for the final of the Western Conference 2020.
You can see the NBA’s national television schedule here, with games on ABC, ESPN, and TNT.
You don’t need cable or satellite television to watch the games on ESPN or TNT. Most of the channels are offered on four of the major live TV streaming services, although not alloffer ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.
Sling TV’s $ 30 / month Orange package includes ESPN and TNT, but not ABC. Also, if you want NBA TV, you’ll need to subscribe to the Sports Extra add-on for an additional $ 10 per month. Read our Sling TV review.
FuboTV recently added ESPN and ABC when available to get three of the four main channels – ABC, ESPN, and NBA TV – when you get the standard package for $ 60 per month plus the Fubo Extra for $ 6 per month -on (for NBA TV).
TNT is no longer available on FuboTV. Read our FuboTV review.
AT&T TV Now includes ABC, ESPN and TNT with a plus package of $ 55 per month. Some regional sports networks such as those in New York and Los Angeles are available in the Max offer of $ 80 per month. However, NBA TV isn’t included until you get into the Xtra package for $ 124 a month. Read our AT&T TV Now report.
Which teams are in?
Sixteen teams have qualified for the playoffs and four remain in the battle for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Denver nuggets
The eliminated teams are all set for the year, preparing for the off-season and NBA draft, which will take place on October 16. Good luck next year, Knicks fans.
Where do the games take place?
The NBA uses three different venues on the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus: the HP Field House, the Visa Athletic Center, and a location that Disney calls The Arena.
HP Field House previously hosted an NCAA Division I basketball tournament for men called the Orlando Invitational. The next tournament with Auburn, Michigan State and Gonzaga is currently taking place on Thanksgiving weekend.
Where are the players? What do you do when you are not playing?
The players, team members and their staff and families are spread across three different Disney properties: the Grand Destino, the Grand Floridian and the Yacht Club.
Hotels are sorted by team leaderboard, with top seeds like the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors and Clippers staying at Grand Destino, which opened last year. Teams that were in the playoff bubble – like the blazers – stayed at the Disney Yacht Club.
As Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania notes, when players are not playing they can participate in other games, attend movie screenings and play video games, as well as use pools, trails, hairdressers, manicurists and pedicurists.
Table tennis is also available, but only single games. Doubles are not allowed to maintain social distance, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski pointed out.
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