NBA Playoffs 2022: How to Watch, Stream NBA Draft Lottery, Celtics vs. Heat Eastern Conference Finals Today

The NBA Conference Finals are here. After two stunning games in Game 7 on Sunday, the Heat and Celtics head into Round 3 of the NBA Playoffs Tuesday night with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. All games in this series will air on either ABC or ESPN, while the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and the Mavericks will air on TNT beginning Wednesday night.

In addition to the start of the Conference Finals, Tuesday will also see the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine which teams will receive the top picks in the June 23 draft. The Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, and Orlando Magic — the three worst teams last season — each have a 14% chance of finishing number one.

The lottery will air at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, with the Celtics Heat game following at 8:30 p.m. ET.

With Live TV Streaming Services, Cable cutters can watch, no cable subscription required. Here’s everything you need to know to watch or stream the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat open Tuesday night’s Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

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Frequently asked questions about the NBA playoffs

What is the schedule for the 2022 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals?

Here is the schedule for today and Tuesday, including series status. The Western Conference Finals begin Wednesday, May 18th. Visit for the full schedule.

Tuesday May 17th

  • Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, Game 1, 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN

Wednesday May 18th

  • Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors, Game 1, 9pm ET (6pm PT) on TNT

What does the full bracket look like?

Which channels broadcast playoff games?

The NBA Playoffs will be broadcast on a number of networks including ABC, ESPN and TNT. The Eastern Conference Finals will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN and the Western Conference Finals will be broadcast on TNT.

The NBA Finals begin June 2 and will air on ABC.

How can I stream the games to my phone?

If you have a live TV streaming service (like Sling TV, YouTube TV, or any of the following), you can use their app. If you have cable or satellite, you can use your provider’s app or one of the following (after signing in with your cable provider’s credentials):

  • For TNT games you need the Watch TNT apartment Click the “Person” icon at the bottom right and sign in under the “Sign in to your TV provider” section.
  • For ESPN and ABC games, use the ESPN apartment Click the gear icon in the top right, then select Manage TV Providers.

Either way, you need a TV package that includes ABC, ESPN, and TNT to watch NBA playoff games with these apps.

How to watch the 2022 NBA playoffs live

With these games all being broadcast nationally, the best way to catch all the basketball action live wirelessly is with a Live TV streaming service.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and has all the channels you need for basketball.

Sling TV’s Orange plan includes ESPN and TNT. While Sling doesn’t have access to ABC, you can watch these games using the simulcast stream available on ESPN3.

DirecTV Stream’s cheapest Plus package at $70 per month includes ESPN, ABC and TNT.

Hulu Plus Live TV costs $70 a month and broadcasts ESPN, ABC, and TNT.

FuboTV costs $70 per month and also includes ABC and ESPN but not TNT.

Most live TV streaming services offer a free trial or discounts for the first month, allow you to cancel at any time, and all require a solid internet connection. Are you looking for more information? Check out ours Live TV Streaming Services Guide.

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