Watch 2020 NBA Finals: Lakers vs Heat live stream in Australia
The 2020 NBA Finals are here, with LeBron James's LA Lakers set to stare down the surprising Miami Heat for this year's championship.
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Basketball enjoys a huge fanbase in Australia and all over the world. By far the most watched competition is the NBA. After the regular season is done, the NBA playoffs get underway, narrowing down the best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences to set up the NBA Finals.
This season the NBA needed a bubble in Orlando to ensure the 2019/20 campaign could reach a conclusion during the coronavirus pandemic. After the regular season was wrapped up and the postseason kicked into gear, the Los Angeles Lakers emerged from the West and the upstart, fifth-seeded Miami Heat claimed the East title.
Now it's LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Lakers taking on Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and the well-rounded Heat for this season's NBA Championship. This is how you can watch.
How to watch 2020 NBA Finals: Lakers vs Heat live in Australia
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. You also have the option of signing up to NBA League Pass.
We have a detailed breakdown in our how to stream NBA guide.
Stream the NBA Finals on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports is Australia's newest live sports streaming service and it has been a big win for fans of all sports. Kayo can be accessed through its website, as an app (on iOS or Android) or on your TV (via Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Samsung TV's from 2017 onwards or Chromecast).
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, which will get you through a good portion of the NBA Finals without paying a cent. 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.
Watch the NBA Finals on Foxtel iQ
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.
Stream Lakers vs Heat through Foxtel Now
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.
Stream the Finals via NBA League Pass
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.
Watch Lakers vs Heat on Fetch TV
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.
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Who will win the 2020 NBA Finals?
Considering all the doubts surrounding the resumption of the season amid the dreadful COVID-19 concerns, the restart has been a resounding success. There have been some terrific games, with the bench from each team doing its best to provide support and noise in the otherwise empty stands.
Most expected the Lakers to face the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals, but the Denver Nuggets had other ideas, knocking out the latter in a stunning upset. They then ran out of puff against the sublime play of James and the Lakers. In the East, Heat star Jimmy Butler boldly declared at the start of the resumption his team was eyeing a title. Not many would have believed the fifth-seeded team then, but they have taken all before them to date, including the heavily favoured Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics.
The Lakers are a firm favourite to win it all this year, but we've said this before at Finder – we love a fairytale sporting story. Miami have certainly been that and behind a balanced line-up, great team basketball and the excellent coaching of Erik Spoelstra, we think they can go one step further. We'll go out on a limb and say 4-2 to the Heat.
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