How to watch the Bucks in the playoffs (even if you've cut the cord)
After a historic run through the regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks' job isn't done yet.
The Greek Freak and the rest of the Eastern Conference-best Bucks need six more wins to reach their final goal, a quest that'll continue Saturday night in Toronto with a crucial Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Raptors. And judging by how thrilling and exciting the past 96 games were, you're not going to want to miss a single dribble now that we've reached crunch time.
For those who weren't quick enough to snag tickets for the home games at Fiserv Forum or who can't make it out to the big screen at the official viewing parties tipping off in the entertainment block's beer garden space, you can keep up with Giannis and company on your small screens at home. But where exactly can you find the games – especially if you've cut the cord?
Here's a viewing guide for watching the Bucks battle the Raptors:
Regular TV listings
For those still keeping the cord, finding the Bucks playoff games is easier than a Giannis running a 3-on-1 breakaway. The NBA announced the television schedule for the series earlier this week, and here's the guide:
- Game 6: Saturday, May 25 – 7:30 p.m. on TNT
- Game 7: Monday, May 27 – 7:30 p.m. on TNT
So you've cut the cord. You could always pop out to the local watering hole and watch the game, or you could spin by the viewing parties outside Fiserv Forum. But if you want to watch from the comfort of your lucky couch in the living room – or maybe throw a viewing party of your own – here are your best bets for following the Bucks.
Live television streaming services
So you've cut the cord – but you likely haven't cut yourself off from the world of sports and pop culture, which means you probably have a live television streaming service like Sling TV, YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, fuboTV or DirecTV Now. (Netflix and Amazon Prime, as popular as they are, have yet to dip into live streaming programming.)
All of these streaming services offer TNT – which is perfect seeing as the cable network exclusively will air the entire Eastern Conference Finals. (ABC/ESPN has the rights to the Western Conference Finals.) So as long as your service of choice offers TNT, you're all set to watch the games and cheer on the Bucks.
All of these streaming services cost around $45-50 a month, while Sling is a little cheaper a month at $15-25. An important reminder, though: These streaming services typically offer some kind of free trial period, so if you time it right – and make sure you remember to cancel before the cutoff date – you could probably score a few playoff games without having to dig into your wallet once.
TV channel apps
So you've cut the cord ... but you have parents or friends who haven't. We're not saying you SHOULD ask for their cable account info so you can log in and watch the games on TNT's streaming apps ... but if you were to do that, either download the channels' apps onto your streaming box (Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV or Amazon Fire stick) or go to WatchTNT.com, then sign in using the borrowed cable username and password. Congrats, you now have access to the games – no cable necessary. Well, SOMEBODY'S cable is necessary.
This obviously works if you have cable as well – just download the apps or go to the websites, and plug in your info. But ... you also have cable. So just watch the game on TNT.
Twitter isn't just for posting angry tweets about bad calls and Drake's curtsied behavior. You can actually watch the game itself! When the game starts, look at the top of your Twitter feed – either on the app or on the desktop – for a live look into Game 5. Now you watch the game AND tweet angrily about Eric Bledsoe's latest missed open three – all on the same screen!
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