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

The NBA’s conference finals are underway. The Heat and Celtics kicked off the third round of the NBA playoffs on Tuesday night, with the Heat rallying from a first-half deficit to take Game 1. Wednesday night, meanwhile, saw the Warriors beat down on Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. Thursday night brings Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, with the Celtics looking to even the series and the Heat trying to take a 2-0 series lead. 

Tip-off for tonight’s contest will be at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. All Eastern Conference Finals games will air on either ESPN or ABC, with the Western Conference Finals airing on TNT. 

With live TV streaming services, cord-cutters can watch, no cable subscription required. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch or stream the 2022 NBA playoffs.

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Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat will look to continue their strong play against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. 

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NBA Playoffs FAQ

What is the 2022 NBA playoffs conference semifinals schedule?

Here is the schedule for the next few days, including the series status. See for the full schedule.

Thursday, May 19

  • Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN (Heat lead 1-0)

Friday, May 20

  • Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors, Game 2, 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on TNT (Warriors lead 1-0)

Saturday, May 21

  • Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics, Game 3, 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT) on ABC 

Sunday, May 22

  • Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks, Game 3, 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on TNT 

Monday, May 23

  • Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics, Game 4, 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT) on ABC 

What does the full bracket look like? 

What channels will broadcast playoff games?

The NBA playoffs are airing on a collection of networks, including ABC, ESPN and TNT. The Eastern Conference Finals will air on ABC/ESPN and the Western Conference Finals will air on TNT. 

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

How can I stream the games on my phone?

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

  • For TNT games, you will need the Watch TNT app. Click on the “person” icon in the lower right and sign in under the section “Sign in with your TV provider.” 
  • For ESPN and ABC games, use the ESPN app. Click the gear icon in the upper right and then select “Manage TV provider.” 

In all cases, you will need to have a TV package that includes ABC, ESPN and TNT to be able to watch NBA playoff games using these apps.

How to watch, livestream the 2022 NBA playoffs

As these games all air nationally and the best way to catch all the basketball action live, without cable, is with a live TV streaming service.

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

Sling TV’s Orange plan includes ESPN and TNT. While Sling lacks access to ABC, you can watch those games using the simulcast stream available on ESPN3. 

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

Hulu Plus Live TV costs $70 a month and carries 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 during the first month, allow you to cancel anytime and all require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live TV streaming services guide.