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NBA Playoffs: How to watch Jazz vs. Nuggets, Mavericks vs. Clippers and the rest of Monday’s games without cable – CNET

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After the coronavirus shut down the NBA season along with everything else, basketball returned at the end of July at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After the best 22 of the league’s 30 teams wrapped up playing eight games to finish the regular season on Friday (and the Blazers won the play-in game against the Grizzlies on Saturday), this week brings the long-awaited start of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

The good news for basketball fans is that there will be four games every day for the next week, with Monday’s first game tipping off at 1:30 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m. PT). Here’s today’s schedule, with all games set to air on ESPN.

  • Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets, 1:30 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m. PT)
  • Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors, 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)
  • Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics, 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT)
  • Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT)

Looking to watch the playoffs without cable? We have you covered below.

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Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers begin their chase for an NBA title on Monday.
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When do the regular NBA playoffs start?

The regular NBA playoffs, which follow a traditional seven-game format, begin today, Aug. 17, with the league having four games every day for at least the first week. All games will be broadcast nationally on either TNT, ESPN, ABC or NBA TV.

Game 7 of the NBA Finals will take place, if necessary, no later than Oct. 13.

How can I watch the NBA playoffs on TV without cable?

As in a regular non-COVID season, Disney-owned ABC and ESPN will broadcast games, with ABC broadcasting the NBA Finals. ESPN is the exclusive TV network for the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals.

AT&T-owned Turner Sports, which runs TNT and “jointly” manages the league’s NBA Digital division that includes NBA TV, will also be broadcasting games. The network is a close NBA partner and broadcasts several regular-season games weekly as well as the bulk of playoff games. TNT is the exclusive TV network for the 2020 Western Conference Finals.

You can see the NBA’s national television schedule here, with games on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.

You don’t need cable or satellite TV to watch the games on ESPN or TNT. Most of the channels are offered on four of the major live TV streaming services, though not all streaming services offer ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.

Read more: How to cut the cable TV cord in 2020

YouTube TV

Carries ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all four national channels that carry live NBA games.

Read our YouTube TV review.

Sling TV Orange

Carries ESPN, TNT and NBA TV

Sling TV’s $30-a-month Orange package includes ESPN and TNT but not ABC. If you want NBA TV you will also need to subscribe to the “Sports Extra” add-on for an additional $10 per month.

Read our Sling TV review.

Hulu with Live TV

Carries ABC, ESPN and TNT

Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes ESPN and TNT as well as ABC in most areas. It does not, however, carry NBA TV.

Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

FuboTV

Carries ABC, ESPN and NBA TV

FuboTV recently added ESPN and ABC (where available) to give it three of the four major channels — ABC, ESPN and NBA TV — if you get the $60 per month Standard package plus the $6 per month Fubo Extra add-on (for NBA TV).

TNT is no longer available on FuboTV.

Read our FuboTV review.

AT&T TV Now

Carries ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV

AT&T TV Now includes ABC, ESPN and TNT with its $55 per month Plus package, with some regional sports networks, like those in New York and Los Angeles, available in the $80 per Max offering. NBA TV, however, is not included until you go to the $124 per month Xtra package.

Read our AT&T TV Now review.

Which teams are in?

Here are the 16 teams competing for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, broken up by their respective conferences.

Eastern Conference

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Boston Celtics
  • Miami Heat
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Orlando Magic

Western Conference

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Houston Rockets
  • Utah Jazz
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Portland Trail Blazers

The eliminated teams are all done for the year and are prepping for the offseason and NBA Draft, which will be held on Oct. 16. Better luck next year, Knicks fans.

Which players are sitting out?

Whether it’s from injury, positive COVID-19 tests or any other reason, like a concern about getting hurt or catching the coronavirus, there are a number of notable players who have been sitting out the restart.

  • Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
  • DeAndre Jordan (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Taurean Prince (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Wilson Chandler (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz)
  • Willie Cauley-Stein (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Avery Bradley (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Thabo Sefolosha (Houston Rockets)
  • Trevor Ariza (Portland Trail Blazers)

Where are the games being held?

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Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex will be the home of the NBA action.
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The NBA is using three different venues on the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus: The HP Field House, Visa Athletic Center and a site Disney calls “The Arena.”

The HP Field House has been previously used to host an NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament called the Orlando Invitational. Its next tournament — featuring the likes of Auburn, Michigan State and Gonzaga — is currently set to run Thanksgiving weekend.

Where are the players staying? What do they do when not playing?

The players, team staff and their personnel and families are divided across three different Disney properties: the Grand Destino, the Grand Floridian and the Yacht Club.

The hotels are sorted by team standings, with top seeds like the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors and Clippers staying at the Grand Destino, which opened last year. Teams that are on the playoff bubble — like the Blazers, Kings and Pelicans — are staying at Disney’s Yacht Club.

As Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania notes, when not playing players can attend other games, go to movie screenings and play video games, plus take advantage of pools, trails, barbers, manicurists and pedicurists.

Ping-pong is also available, but just singles games. Doubles are not allowed in order to maintain social distancing, as pointed out by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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