How to Watch 2024 NBA Playoffs: Schedule, Channels & More

How to Watch 2024 NBA Playoffs: Schedule, Channels & More

It’s finally that time: the NBA post-season is upon us once again. After an exciting regular season, the top 20 teams are one step closer to reaching the pinnacle of post-season basketball success: the NBA Finals. This guide will give you the information you need to make sure you can keep up with the game, including when and how to watch NBA playoffs live.

How can I watch the NBA Playoffs?

The playoffs are here, and it’s anyone’s game on the road to glory. Basketball fans can catch all of the excitement live on the following networks:

And for those fans who don’t have access to NBA TV, now’s the time to change that with DIRECTV. Learn more here.

When do the NBA Playoffs Start?

The 2024 NBA Playoffs will begin after the conclusion of the regular season with the SoFi Play-In Tournament from Tuesday, April 16 to Friday, April 19. For more information on how the Play-In Tournament works, check out this Play-In watch guide.

Key Dates for the Remainder of 2023-24 Season

But what happens after the Play-In Tournament? And when can you expect to see your team play live, if they make the playoffs? Below, you’ll find all the dates you need catch all the NBA action.

  • End of regular season: Sunday, April 14
  • 2024 SoFi Play-In Tournament: April 16-19
  • First Round Games: Week of April 20
  • Conference Semifinals: May 6-7*
  • Conference Finals: May 21-22**
  • NBA Finals Game 1: Thursday, June 6
  • NBA Finals Game 2: Sunday, June 9
  • NBA Finals Game 3: Wednesday, June 12
  • NBA Finals Game 4: Friday, June 14
  • NBA Finals Game 5 (if necessary): Monday, June 17
  • NBA Finals Game 6 (if necessary): Thursday, June 20
  • NBA Finals Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, June 23

*May be moved up based on first round results

**May be moved up based on Conference Semifinal results

2024 NBA Playoffs Schedule

For those wondering when your favorite team is hitting the court, look no further. Get the complete game schedule for the NBA postseason right here, with game times, odds, channel numbers and more.

Who is in the 2024 NBA playoffs?

If the NBA regular season finished today, this is how the NBA post-season playoff picture would look, ranked by seed. Bolded teams are those who have already clinched a playoff berth. Play-In teams are those in 7th through 10th place.

Western Conference Playoff Picture:

  1. Denver Nuggets (56-24)
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves (55-24)
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder (54-25)
  4. Los Angeles Clippers (51-29)
  5. Dallas Mavericks (50-30)
  6. New Orleans Pelicans (47-32)
  7. Phoenix Suns (46-33)
  8. Sacramento Kings (45-34)
  9. Golden State Warriors (44-35)
  10. Los Angeles Lakers (45-35)

Eastern Conference Playoff Picture:

  1. Boston Celtics (62-17)
  2. Milwaukee Bucks (48-31)
  3. New York Knicks (47-32)
  4. Orlando Magic (46-33)
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers (46-33)
  6. Indiana Pacers (46-34)
  7. Philadelphia 76ers (45-35)
  8. Miami Heat (44-35)
  9. Chicago Bulls (37-42)
  10. Atlanta Hawks (36–43)

Which Teams Did Not Make the 2024 Postseason?

If you don’t see you team on the lists above, there’s always next year! If the season ended today, these are the teams that would be putting their uniforms away until the start of next season:

Eliminated Western Conference Teams:

Eliminated Eastern Conference Teams:

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