Not even a pandemic can keep the NBA Finals from happening this year. However, COVID-19 means pretty much everyone is watching the 2020 NBA Finals from the comfort of their own home. The Miami Heat (3 wins) will take on the LA Lakers (16 wins) in a match-up that many may see as one-sided. But the point is still to see it, even if through various streaming options. If you’re hoping to watch the 2020 NBA Finals on Kodi, you’re in luck. There are a few Kodi addons you can use to stream the NBA Finals free on Kodi.
Important note: This guide only recommends official Kodi addons. Sporting events like the 2020 NBA Finals are popular among Kodi users, but many opt for unofficial and unlicensed streams from various addons. These addons can carry a security threat, can expose users to copyright infringement letters from ISPs, and can result in a poor-quality streaming experience. There are several free, legitimate addons Kodi users can install that also offer high-quality streams.
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Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
How to watch the 2020 NBA Finals on Kodi with a VPN
If you’re in the US, streaming access to the NBA Finals will be free. But if you’re outside of the US, your options for free Kodi streaming are limited. Still, a VPN can get anyone traveling outside the US easier access to US-based streams and can help anyone streaming the event avoid ISP speed throttling that could ruin the experience.
Here’s how to watch the 2020 NBA Finals on Kodi:
- Sign up with a trustworthy VPN provider. Our recommended option for Kodi is IPVanish, but you might also consider: ExpressVPN, NordVPN, or Surfshark.
- Download the VPN app to your streaming device. You won’t need a VPN Kodi addon; just make sure the device you’re using has an app available.
- Next, connect to a server in the country where streams are available. For example, if you’re trying to access the US streams, you’ll connect to a US-based VPN server.
- Finally, connect to the Kodi addon you plan to use for streaming the NBA Final.
There’s no guarantee that any streaming addon will work. We recommend you verify that your addon works ahead of time and that the VPN you’re using works to unblock content. That will give you time to try out different options so you don’t miss a minute of the Finals.
The 2020 NBA Finals will be available for free in the US and worldwide. There’s are a few ways to watch live on Kodi for free, even if you’re abroad. Streams may be region-locked, however, so a VPN may be necessary if you’re outside the US.
How to watch the 2020 NBA Final on Kodi
This year, ABC in the US has exclusive rights to broadcast the NBA Final for free. ABC is also owned by ESPN, so you’ll be able to use ESPN to a limited degree to watch the NBA Final as well.
Outside of the US, numerous broadcasters exist, but primarily through pay-TV services that do not have Kodi addons. There are some options for Kodi streaming international sources, however.
Here are your best options to watch the NBA Finals on Kodi:
- NBA League Pass
- DAZN (requires a free trial subscription, and only works in select countries outside the US)
DAZN Kodi addon – Free trial and NBA Finals in select countries
You can watch the NBA Finals on DAZN in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. You can also sign up for a one-month free trial to the service in those countries, making it easy to watch the NBA Finals free on Kodi, and in high definition.
DAZN is also available in the US, but there is no longer a free trial subscription to the service for US customers. If you’re in Spain, Brazil, Canada, Japan, or Italy, you may be able to sign up to DAZN with a free trial, and then use a VPN to access the live streams from Austria, Germany, or Switzerland. DAZN offers the library for whichever country you’re in.
We have not been able to verify whether IPVanish works with DAZN to unlock streams in Austria, Germany, or Switzerland. We recommend checking to see if ExpressVPN or CyberGhost unlock streams, as we’ve found some success with those options in the past for DAZN.
The DAZN Kodi addon is available in the official Kodi addon repository. Access the addon’s settings menu to log in to your account.
NBA League Pass
The NBA’s own streaming service is available on Kodi through the NBA League Pass Kodi addon. This add-on gives you live and on-demand streaming access to NBA games, including the 2020 NBA Finals. The only downside? There’s no free trial. However, you can sign up for $20 to get full access to the entire NBA final.
This add-on is available to download now in the Official Kodi Add-on Repository.
Which teams are playing in the NBA Finals?
The Miami Heat has three club wins at the Finals. Can they pull off another victory? Maybe. But it would be considered a major upset if they can defeat the LA Lakers, who have the most NBA Finals wins of any other NBA team in the entire history of the league. Still, the Lakers haven’t won a championship since 2010, while the Heat last saw the championship net in 2013.
NBA Finals schedule
The NBA Finals are a best-of-seven series of games, with each team getting the home arena advantage at least twice during the event.
Here is the NBA Finals schedule:
|9/30||Game 1 - Heat @ Lakers||8:00 PM|
|10/2||Game 2 - Heat @ Lakers||8:00 PM|
|10/4||Game 3 - Lakers @ Heat||6:30 PM|
|10/6||Game 4 - Lakers @ Heat||8:00 PM|
|10/9||*Game 5 - Heat @ Lakers||8:00 PM|
|10/11||*Game 6 - Lakers @ Heat||6:30 PM|
|10/13||*Game 7 - Heat @ Lakers||8:00 PM|
|*Game only if necessary|