How to Watch Nets vs Celtics Without Cable


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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum shoots the ball during a game against the Charlotte Hornets.

The star-studded No. 2 seeded Brooklyn Nets begin their quest for a championship against the No. 7 seed Boston Celtics on Saturday at Barclays Center.

Game 1 (8 p.m. ET start time) will be televised nationally on ABC, while the rest of the games in the series will be on either ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, TNT or NBA TV. But if you don’t have cable, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of the entire Nets vs Celtics series online:

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Note: You can watch a live stream of every NBA playoff game with AT&T TV

AT&T TV has four different channel packages: “Entertainment”, “Choice”, “Ultimate” and “Premier.” ESPN, ESPN2, TNT and ABC are included in every one, while NBA TV is included in the “Choice” and above bundles, but you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free 14-day trial.

Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but your “due today” amount will be $0 when signing up. If you watch on your computer, phone or tablet, you won’t be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can get still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:

AT&T TV Free Trial

Once signed up for AT&T TV, you can watch the Nets vs Celtics live on the AT&T TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the AT&T TV website.

You can also watch the ABC and ESPN games live via ESPN.com or the ESPN app. You’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can use your AT&T TV credentials to do that.

If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to unlimited hours).


Note: You can watch a live stream of every NBA playoff game with Sling TV

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 (which will simulcast ABC games) and TNT are included in Sling TV’s “Sling Orange” bundle, while NBA TV is in the “Sports Extra” add-on. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but it’s the cheapest long-term streaming service with all the channels for the NBA playoffs, and you can get $25 off your first month:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the Nets vs Celtics live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.

You can also watch the ABC and ESPN games live via ESPN.com or the ESPN app. You’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can use your Sling TV credentials to do that.

If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 50 hours of cloud DVR.


Note: TNT isn’t included with FuboTV, so you’ll need another option for those games

ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC are included in FuboTV’s main channel package, while NBA TV is in the “Sports Plus” add-on. Both can be included in your free seven-day trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Nets vs Celtics live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.

You can also watch the ABC and ESPN games live via ESPN.com or the ESPN app. You’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can use your Fubo credentials to do that.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space.


Note: NBA TV isn’t included with Hulu, so you’ll need another option for those games

You can watch a live stream of ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, ABC and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

Hulu With Live TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the Nets vs Celtics live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.

You can also watch the ABC and ESPN games live via ESPN.com or the ESPN app. You’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can use your Hulu credentials to do that.

If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).


Nets vs Celtics Preview

The Brooklyn Nets have assembled quite the roster for a run at a championship, led by the trio of James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. The problem for the Nets has been keeping them all healthy and on the court.

They’re all expected to play as the postseason kicks into gear but are not taking anything for granted.

“I understand that stuff on paper and how teams look and how accomplished players on our team are,” Durant said, “but for us, we respect the game and our opponents too much to come in and say, ‘look we’re expected to win this.’ We’re coming out there and understanding we can be beat if we don’t lock in.”

First-year head coach and former MVP Steve Nash is hoping to lead the Nets to their first NBA title — something he was unable to reel in during his career.

“We’re all kind of a product of our experiences, so it is inevitable whether it’s conscious or subconscious that my experiences will kind of dictate how I see and respond to the playoffs,” Nash said. “While I’m not going to necessarily make straight lines from everything that happened to me to this group, you are influenced by what’s happened to you, and you try to take as much of that forward. That’s where the knowledge and wisdom comes from.”

The Celtics are banged up heading into the postseason, with All-Star Jaylen Brown sidelined with a season-ending wrist injury. Big man Robert Williams is also questionable for Game 1 with turf toe, which he suffered in the play-in game.

Celtics skipper Brad Stevens understands there is no slowing down this Brooklyn Nets team when they start rolling, you can just hope to contain them.

“There will be some tip-your-cap moments: Nice shot and go on the other end and score,” Stevens said. “You aren’t going to hold these guys to 90 [points]. These guys are a high-octane offense. You have to guard them as hard as you can and go score on the other end.”

The key for the Celtics will be Jayson Tatum, who scored 51 points in the play-in game against the Wizards.

“I just wanted to be aggressive tonight,” Tatum said after the win. “We got them in the bonus early in a couple of those quarters, so once I’d seen that, I was just trying to put the pressure on the defense in a rush.”

The Nets are -1,000 to win the series and +275 to get the clean sweep. Brooklyn is an 8-point favorite for Game 1.


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