What Channel Are the 2022 NBA Playoffs On?

The 2022 NBA Playoffs are on ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV. Read on to learn more about schedules and how to watch your favorite team.

How to watch the NBA Finals

The 2022 NBA Finals features the Golden State Warriors taking on the Boston Celtics. Every game in the best-of-seven series will air on ABC. The channel is available through most TV providers while also accesible for free with an over-the-air (OTA) HD antenna.

The 2022 NBA Playoffs tipped off on Saturday, April 16, 2022, on the channels of ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV. Many cable, satellite, and live TV streaming providers offer these channels. But keep scrolling, as we’ll go into more detail below about which plans are a slam dunk for watching the NBA Playoffs on TV.

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NBA Playoffs channels

To catch every game of the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals, you’ll need a TV package with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

Because NBA playoff games are nationally televised, NBA League Pass doesn’t broadcast any playoff games live. But it does offer live audio for every game, plus you can watch every playoff game on demand three hours after the initial broadcast ends.

2022 NBA Playoffs schedule

If the previous two NBA seasons taught us anything, it’s that flexibility is key when scheduling NBA games. But the 2022 NBA postseason schedule is now in place after the Play-In Tournament got things started on April 12.

We mapped out the current NBA Playoffs TV schedule in the table below so you don’t have to scour the internet for it.

2022 NBA postseason schedule

Stage Start date Channels
NBA Play-In Tournament Tuesday, April 12 ESPN, TNT
NBA Playoffs: First Round Saturday, April 16 ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV
NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals Sunday, May 1 ABC, ESPN, TNT
NBA Playoffs: Conference Finals Tuesday, May 17 ABC, ESPN, TNT
NBA Finals Thursday, June 2 ABC

How to watch the 2022 NBA Playoffs

Now that you know the channels you’ll need and the dates you’ll need them, we’ve got some recommendations on how to watch the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals.

And fear not hoopsters, all of the services and packages we recommend below include ABC, ESPN, and TNT. You just might miss out on NBA TV, which doesn’t show many NBA playoff games anyways.

How to watch the NBA Playoffs without cable

Service Price Channel count Details
YouTube TV
Best overall
$64.99/mo. 85+ View Plans

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Hulu + Live TV
Best value
$69.99–$75.99/mo. 75+ View Plans

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Sling TV Orange w/ free antenna*
Cheapest
$35.00/mo. 30+ View Plans

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*Must pre-pay for two month(s) of service. New customers only. Limit one device per Sling TV account. Not available with free trial. Not available in Puerto Rico.

If you’re looking to save cash, Sling TV Orange is a good deal at just $35.00 per month. The only catch is that you’ll have to sign up for Sling’s free TV antenna deal to get your local ABC affiliate.

Pro tip: Speaking of antennas . . . if you just wanna catch the NBA Finals, an antenna is the way to go. Check out our article Best Antennas for Cord-Cutters to see if an HD antenna is right for you.

We love YouTube TV. In fact, we ranked it the best overall live TV streaming service for 2022. It does, however, come with a price tag: $64.99 per month, to be exact. But you can cancel any time, so why not splurge for the NBA Playoffs?

If you’re a Hulu fan (Go Big Green!), you can’t go wrong with Hulu + Live TV. You’ll get all that fantastic Hulu on-demand content and 75+ live channels, including ABC, ESPN, and TNT.

How to watch the NBA Playoffs with cable or satellite TV

Service Price Channel count Details
DISH America's Top 200
Best overall
$94.99/mo. 240+ View Plans

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Spectrum TV® Select
Best value
$49.99/mo.* for 12 mos. 125+ View Plans

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Optimum Select TV + Optimum 300
Best bundle
$135.00/mo. 340+ View Plans

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You’re probably wondering why we’d even bother with cable packages at this point. We know, we know, streaming’s all the rage, but a lot of cable packages give you more total channels for about the same price as the live TV streaming services above.

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Spectrum TV Select will cost you less than YouTube TV or Hulu + Live TV and get you way more channels. Just remember that this jewel of a TV plan is only available in Spectrum service areas.

DISH Network, on the other hand, is pretty much available anywhere. We like to think of DISH as the Michael Jordan of TV: G.O.A.T. (chill, Lebron fans). So if you’re willing to shell out some extra cash, DISH will have your NBA Playoff needs covered and then some.

If you live in the New York area and you want a sweet, sweet TV and internet bundle, Optimum has you covered.

With Optimum Select TV + Optimum 300, you’ll get over 340 channels (including ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV) and download speeds up to 300 Mbps. That’s a good grip of internet speed for most small- to medium-sized households. Again, like Spectrum, you’ll need to check if Optimum is available in your area.

Affordable cable TV providers

Most cheap cable packages include ABC, ESPN, and TNT. And some even offer internet and TV bundle discounts. Here are some of our favs.

Methodology

Our b-ball experts spent the past several NBA seasons watching the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals across several different TV services. Because the channels needed to watch the NBA postseason are easy to come by, we based our recommendations primarily on price and availability.

For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

NBA Playoffs channel FAQ

Are the NBA Finals on ABC?

ABC is airing the entire 2022 NBA Finals—featuring the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors.

What channel are the NBA Finals on?

The 2022 NBA Finals are on ABC.

Where can I watch NBA games for free?

You can watch some NBA playoff games for free on ABC with an HD antenna—including the 2022 NBA Finals. You have to pay to watch NBA games on ESPN, NBA TV, NBA League Pass, and TNT. Check out our guide How to Watch the NBA for provider recommendations.

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