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Where to stream 2022 NBA Playoffs online in Australia: Full ESPN TV schedule
See every slam dunk live. Watch the new NBA season live in Australia on your TV or via online streams with this guide.
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For a long time, Australian fans only had 1 option for getting their basketball fix: Foxtel. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. Aussies now have a variety of ways to stay caught up with the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The most common NBA games shown in Australia are shown on ESPN roughly 7 times per week. Though for the 2021/22 NBA season you will once more be able to catch some weekly regular-season games on SBS. Then of course there's NBA's own League Pass streaming the entire 1,230-game regular season from all 30 teams.
NBA Playoffs Australian TV schedule
The 2021/22 NBA season finally returned to a more traditional calendar after 2 straight COVID-affected campaigns. The season tipped off on Wednesday 20 October (AEDT). The NBA Playoffs begin on 17 April (AEDT), though they technically began before that with the Play-in tournament on 13 April.
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|Date||Game||Time (AEST)||How to watch|
|Monday, 16 May||Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks||5:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Monday, 16 May||Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks||9:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Wednesday, 18 May||Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics||10:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Thursday, 19 May||Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks||11:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Friday, 20 May||Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics||10:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Saturday, 21 May||Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks||11:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Sunday, 22 May||Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat||10:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Monday, 23 May||Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors||11:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Tuesday, 24 May||Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat||10:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Wednesday, 25 May||Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors||11:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Thursday, 26 May||Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics||10:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Friday, 27 May||Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks||11:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Saturday, 28 May||Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat||10:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Sunday, 29 May||Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors||11:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Monday, 30 May||Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics||10:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Tuesday, 31 May||Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks||10:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
Watch NBA on free-to-air TV with SBS
SBS was able to strike a deal in 2020 to broadcast 2 NBA games live each week for the next 2 seasons, plus a weekly WNBA game.
In what has turned out to be a perfect scenario for basketball fans, the 2 live games aired on SBS each week differ to those on ESPN. Matches are shown in HD on SBS Viceland and live streamed via the SBS On Demand app.
However, SBS doesn't have any of the NBA play-in games, Playoff series, All-Star Weekend or the draft. It's a regular-season affair only between the SBS and NBA. It isn't yet known if SBS will continue its partnership with NBA after this season, which is the final year in its contract.
NBA Playoffs live stream on Kayo Sports
For the 2021/22 season Kayo Sports will once more have an average of 7 live games per week. In Australia those are typically the US ESPN-broadcasted games along with a mix of the ABC and TNT broadcasts. So expect to see a lot of big market or popular teams feature most such as the Lakers, Nets, Warriors and Bucks.
You can watch both live games and replays in HD on a variety of devices, including PCs/Macs, smartphones, Chromecast, Apple TV, PS4, PS5, Android TV, Telstra TV and select smart TVs (Samsung, Sony, Hisense).
Users have multiple subscription options. For $25 a month you're allowed to view on only 1 screen at a time. You can pay $27.50 a month to stream on 2 screens at the same time or $35 a month for 3 simultaneous streams. Whichever way you go, you can test-drive the platform with a 14-day free trial available to new customers.
Kayo differentiates itself with the extreme amount of content that it has and special viewing tools. There are over 50 sports on Kayo, including heaps of basketball programming.
This includes every NBL match, the NBA Draft, NBA Finals, All-Star Weekend and Christmas Day games, plus shows like The Jump and Inside the NBA. It's worth noting League Pass also has access to the NBA Draft, every playoff game, Christmas Day games and All-Star Weekend.
Special viewing tools that Kayo has incorporated into the platform include SplitView, Key Moments Timeline, Interactive Stats, alternate camera angles and Kayo Minis. SplitView is the most interesting as it allows users to watch 4 different sports or programs at once. Considering the NBA has games 7 days a week this could ensure you don't miss out on your other favourite sports.
Right now similar to League Pass's condensed games, Kayo has ESPN mini NBA games for up to 72 hours upon completion.
Live stream every game with NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass is the league's own dedicated streaming service. If you really love the NBA you probably want to watch every game as it's a long flight across the Pacific to attend one.
In addition to streaming every second of every match live across the Internet, NBA League Pass serves as a single destination for news, statistics, highlights and recaps from the current NBA season. You also get access to the NBA TV channel, which streams 24/7.
Luckily fans are able to jump straight in and test it out with a 7-day free trial. Typically NBA League Pass has multiple packages available, as either annual or monthly subscriptions. However, as it's now up to the Playoffs, League Pass has a reduced price packages available for either $51.99 or $39.99. Though you must remember this is only for the remainder of the current NBA season.
As of the start of the 2021/22 season there is a new package called League Pass Premium. While it is super expensive ($389.99 a year or $51.99 a month), it lets you watch on 2 devices at once. That means you can split it with a friend and halve the cost.
The previous holy grail of League Pass subscription options is still also called League Pass. It also gives you access to every single game live or on demand, but you can only watch on 1 device at a time. A subscription for this is priced at $299.99 for a full year or $39.99 a month.
If you're a true NBA fan but have no friends to split the cost with, the League Pass package is still likely your best choice.
Otherwise there's a Team Pass that gives you access to every single game of the 1 team you choose to follow. Team Pass is $169.99 a year or $19.99 a month. Or you can opt for the 8-game choice which as the name suggests lets you select 8 games a month to watch. This option costs $149.99 a year or $14.99 a month.
You can only watch League Pass on 1 device at any time, unless you opt for the newly modified League Pass Premium package that allows you to watch on 2 devices at once. League Pass also comes with live stats, multi-screen viewing, offline viewing and other features. For more information, check out our comprehensive NBA League Pass guide.
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Stream NBA Playoffs on Foxtel Now
Alternatively, basketball fans can get NBA streams with Foxtel Now. The streaming sibling to traditional Foxtel lets you watch Foxtel channels via the Internet, no contracts required.
Like regular Foxtel, to get ESPN you will need the Sport pack, priced at $29 a month. There is a catch – because the Sport pack is a Premium pack, you need to subscribe to the Essentials pack as well to get it. That costs $25 a month and comes with a selection of Pop and Lifestyle channels.
This brings your minimum monthly spend to watch NBA to $54 a month.
Watch NBA Playoffs with Foxtel iQ
Foxtel offers a limited selection of basketball games broadcast on ESPN. To get ESPN, you need to subscribe to the Sports HD package for $25 a month and the base Foxtel Plus pack for $49 a month.
Once that’s done, you can stream NBA games on your smartphone, tablet or laptop with the Foxtel GO app. The app is free with your Foxtel subscription.
All you need to do is download it from Google Play or the App Store and enter your Foxtel ID. You’ll be online in no time. To watch with your laptop, go to the Foxtel website. However, given that the minimum monthly cost is $74, you're almost certainly better off to go with any other option. Kayo would give you the same NBA coverage and cost $49 less each month.
Live NBA Playoffs via Fetch TV
ESPN is also accessible via Fetch TV, meaning you can stream an average of 7 NBA fixtures per week. The channel is included in the Vibe pack that costs $6 a month.
However, the total price of your subscription will depend on whether you purchase a Fetch box via a broadband provider or buy it outright.
How does the 2021/22 NBA season work?
Things are back to normal timeline-wise for the 2021/22 NBA season (minus some COVID protocols). We're back to an October season start, 82 regular-season games, February All-Star Game, April Playoffs and June Finals start. Even the Toronto Raptors will be back playing out of Canada instead of Tampa, Florida as they did in 2020/21.
An inclusion during the bubble and the 2020/21 season will be continuing on too. The play-in tournament is here to stay. This time teams from each conference seeded 7–10 at the end of the regular season will compete to make the playoffs.
First, the 7 and 8 seeds will play, where the winner earns the 7 seed. Then 9 plays 10 in an elimination game. The winner of that then plays the loser of 7 vs 8 to earn the final playoff spot.
How do the NBA Playoffs work?
The NBA Playoffs sees 8 teams from both the Western and Eastern conferences compete in a best-of-7 series per round. Based on regular-season records each team is ranked 1 through to 8.
Overall the playoffs have 4 rounds. It starts with the first round, followed by the second round, conference finals and NBA Finals. The winner of each conference meets in the NBA Finals.
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