watch NBA finals live online

After some fantastic playoff matches, the Denver Nuggets have made it into the NBA Finals for the first time ever. Not only that, but they managed to win their first game against three-time champions, Miami Heat. Will it be a historic upset or a well-timed comeback? Either way, it’ll be entertaining! Below, we’ll explain how to stream the NBA Finals live online so you can follow all of the action for yourself.

Most legal streaming sources for the NBA Finals will be region-locked. That means in order to watch the 2023 NBA Finals while traveling abroad, you’ll need a VPN.

How to watch the 2023 NBA Finals free online with a VPN

A VPN encrypts your internet connection and routes it through an intermediary server in a location of your choosing. So to access a stream that only allows viewers in the US to watch, for example, you can connect to a US VPN server.

Here’s how to use a VPN to watch the NBA Finals:

  1. Sign up for a VPN. We recommend NordVPN for a fast, secure, simple service that excels at unblocking region-locked content. Other viable alternatives include Surfshark and ExpressVPN.
  2. Download and install the VPN app for your device from a trusted app store or the provider’s website.
  3. Open the app and select a server in the country to which the stream is restricted.
  4. Hit the connect button
  5. Once the connection is established, open the stream and start watching the Heat vs Nuggets

We recommend testing your VPN on another live video from the same source you plan on streaming the NBA Finals from in advance. If something goes wrong, try clearing your browser or device cookies and cache, or contact your VPN provider’s customer support.


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Where to stream the 2023 NBA Finals online

the NBA might only feature American teams but it has fans all over the world. Take a look below to find out which networks are showing the finals in your country:

USA (watch for free)

How to watch the 2023 NBA Finals in the US

American TV network ABC has exclusive rights to broadcast and stream the 2023 NBA Finals in the US. If ABC is part of your existing cable package, you can log in and watch the stream online or via the ABC Go mobile app. You can also get ABC as part of many internet TV services, including:

  • FuboTV: Prices start at $74.99 USD per month BUT there’s a seven-day free trial that’ll let you watch every NBA Final match. Just remember to cancel in time
  • YouTube TV – YouTube’s paid internet TV service includes local ABC channels in most zip codes, but check the channel list for your area just in case (or just use a VPN). Costs $72.99 per month.
  • Hulu + Live TV – Local ABC affiliates are available in most zipcodes for subscribers to Hulu + Live TV, which incorporates both live streams and on-demand content from Hulu. Unfortunately, there’s no longer the option of a free trial and the cost has risen to $69.99 per month.
  • Sling TV – Blue plan includes ABC and is currently offering your first month at half off ($22.50).

Note that all of these services are region-locked, so if you’re traveling outside of the US, use a VPN to unblock them.


Watch 2023 NBA Finals Canada

Canadian NBA fans got stuck with one of the worst deals when it comes to watching the 2023 Finals online. In order to watch all the games, you’ll have to subscribe to two different services.

TSN Direct will air games one, four, and six. There’s no free trial but you can buy a month’s access for $19.99 CAD.

Sportsnet Now will show games two, three, and five. No free trial is available, but the monthly price starts at $14.99 per month.

If you already subscribe to these services and are traveling outside Canada during the NBA Finals, you can connect to a Canadian VPN server and access your accounts as normal.


Watch 2023 NBA Finals UK

Basketball fans in the UK can watch the 2023 NBA Finals on Sky Sports. To watch online, simply access the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky Sports customer and don’t want to commit to a lengthy contract, you can always try Now. The streaming platform has a Sky Sports package priced at £11.98 (daily) and £34.99 (monthly).

Sky Go and Now are both only accessible within the UK. This means that if you’re traveling abroad, a VPN and UK IP address are required to stream their content.


Watch 2023 NBA Finals Worldwide

Has your country not been mentioned? Don’t worry, there’s also the option of NBA League Pass. This is available in most countries worldwide and lets you stream every playoff game including the 2023 NBA Finals. Prices vary by country. but you can expect to pay the equivalent of €17.99 a season. If you’re in a country in which it’s not available, simply change your IP address with the help of a VPN.

2023 NBA Finals schedule

Here are the playtimes for the Miami Heat vs the Denver Nuggets

DateGameTime (ET)
Thursday, June 21Game 1 - Heat @ Nuggets20:30
Sunday, June 4Game 2 - Heat @ Nuggets20:00
Wednesday, June 7Game 3 - Nuggets @ Heat20:30
Friday, June 9Game 4 - Nuggets @ Heat20:30
Monday, June 12*Game 5 - Heat @ Nuggets20:30
Thursday, June 15*Game 6 - Nuggets @ Heat20:30
Sunday, June 18*Game 7 - Heat @ Nuggets20:00

All times Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4).

Beware of shady streams

This article only recommends legal streaming sources. Although several websites will likely offer unauthorized streams, those sites often come with a high risk of malware infection. They could also be taken offline at any moment, and the video quality is bound to suffer. It’s possible to watch the 2023 NBA Finals live online in their entirety through free and legal means, so there’s no need to use unlicensed sources.

NBA finals FAQs

When will the NBA regular season end?

The 77th NBA regular season wrapped things up on Sunday, April 9, 2023.

When will the NBA 2023 play-off take place?

The NBA playoffs presented by Google Pixel took place on Saturday, April 15, 2023.

When are the NBA finals in 2023?

The first game of the NBA finals, presented by YouTube TV, is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2023.