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The NBA Finals are finally here and along with the pageantry and glitz and glamour the world's best basketball competition always showcases in the postseason, one mighty drought is about to be broken.
In a championship series few, if any, saw coming, a title drought of at least 50 years will be broken when the Phoenix Suns or the Milwaukee Bucks lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy to proclaim themselves, ah-hum, World Champions at the NBA's best team.
The Suns have never won a title in their 53-year history while the Bucks haven't tasted championship champagne since 1971.
In this era of mega stars and Superteams, this match-up looks certain to bring some romance back to the NBA. This is how you can catch all the action.
The rights to broadcast the NBA Final into Australia lie primarily with ESPN, which will be showing every game of this year's NBA Finals live. The American broadcaster can be accessed through Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV.
Kayo Sports is Australia's most comprehensive live sports streaming service and it has been a big win for fans of all sports. Kayo can be accessed through its website, Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
It streams all the content from Fox Sports and gives you a way to get Fox Sports without signing up to Foxtel. Kayo Sports also offers some truly unique viewing features, such as SplitScreen (four channels at once), jump to key moments, a futuristic UI, choose your camera, interactive stats, no spoilers and more.
There is also a 14-day free trial for new users. That will get you through most if not all of the NBA Finals without paying a cent, depending on how long the series goes. Then it is $25 a month with no contract for the Basic subscription or $35 a month for Premium. We highly recommend it to all sports fans and you can read more details via our full Kayo review.
The traditional Foxtel iQ service also shows the NBA Finals through the ESPN channels. The benefits of Foxtel iQ are it allows you to record content and where it's available, watch sport in 4K resolution. While Kayo only shows sport, you can also get lots of other entertainment programming with Foxtel iQ.
On the downside, it will cost you at least $74 a month for access, made up of the Sports HD pack ($25 a month) plus the required Foxtel Plus package ($49 a month). It's worth noting that a Foxtel iQ subscription comes with the Foxtel GO app, which will allow you to stream the NBA Finals to an iOS or Android device without any additional cost.
Sitting between Foxtel iQ and Kayo Sports is Foxtel Now, a streaming version of the larger cable TV service. If you have purchased the Sport pack you can stream the NBA Finals to almost any device. At $54 a month, it's cheaper than Foxtel iQ. When compared to Kayo Sports, it loses out on price and the lack of viewing features. You also have to pay for non-sports content even if you don't want it.
If you want to go all in, you can get every single NBA game live through NBA League Pass. It has all the regular season rounds, the NBA playoffs and the NBA Finals. But for a standard season it isn't cheap, coming in at $299.99 per season or $109.99 for eight games each month. There are discounts available the later the season goes. It comes with a seven-day free trial. League Pass is compatible with iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, PS4 and Xbox One.
You can also access ESPN through Fetch TV. If you already have that service, the ESPN channels are part of the Vibe pack, an add-on that only costs an additional $6 a month. The price of your base Fetch TV pack will differ depending on which provider you purchased it through. You can also live stream the NBA Finals through the Fetch TV app, available on iOS and Android. We have a much more detailed analysis of Fetch TV on its hub page.
The 2021 postseason has had everything with lots of twists and turns, surprise results and, sadly, injuries - and this series is already providing plenty of drama and intrigue.
The Bucks have finally made the NBA Finals after missing out in the last two seasons despite carrying the NBA's best regular season records in both the 2018/19 (60 wins, 22 losses) and pandemic-shortened 2019/20 (56-17) seasons.
After sweeping Miami to start the playoffs, the Bucks returned to the inconsistent form that plagued their previous two postseason runs. Still, in meeting the Suns, they've had to beat the Nets and Hawks, showing when they're on, they're on.
The Bucks enter the series with a major problem in the form of an injury to their two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo. The five-time All Star owns the most talked about left knee in the world right now.
Giannis left Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Atlanta after he hyperextended his left knee following a collision with Hawks centre Clint Capela in the third quarter. He hasn't played since and his team has been coy about when - if - their star will return this season. He looks unlikely to suit up for Game 1.
The young Suns banked the second best win-loss record in the NBA this season (51-21), thanks largely to the off-season addition of star veteran point guard Chris Paul and the belief he helped build in his younger teammates. Paul enters his first Finals series - not bad for a 35-year-old who's played 1,214 games at 5 teams over 16 seasons - in super form. A championship ring and Finals MVP are the only things missing from a glittering career.
His team is settled and also enters the series in form. The Suns beat defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers in six games before sweeping the Denver Nuggets, led by league MVP Nikola Jokic, and knocking off the Clippers 4-2.
The Suns and Bucks met twice in the regular season; the Suns victorious on both occasions by a colossal margin of two points in total. Their first match-up, back in February, saw the Suns win 125-124 in a game Antetokounmpo scored 47 points. Their next meeting, in April, went to overtime, ending in a 128-127 Suns win.
In what promises to be a thrilling, must-watch series, we think the Suns will edge out the Bucks and hope it happens with Paul draining a buzzer beater in overtime in Game 7.
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