The 2021 NBA playoffs are quickly reaching the end of the road. After an exciting regular season and upset-filled postseason, Tuesday night brings Game 6 of the last series of 2020-21 basketball, as the Milwaukee Bucks host the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals on ABC. Thanks to, you won't need a cable subscription to watch this year's finals.
For the Bucks, Tuesday offers a chance to win the franchise's second NBA title. After the Suns handled business with two wins on their home floor to open the series, while the Bucks won Games 3 and 4 at home in Milwaukee. On Saturday night thein Arizona, opening a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The action shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 6, with tipoff for tonight's contest scheduled for 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) on ABC. Here's everything you need to know to stream the action, no cable required.
What's the schedule for the NBA Finals?
The 2021 NBA playoffs started May 22, and the 2021 NBA Finals started on July 6. As in past years, each playoff series requires four games to win and runs up to seven games. The Suns have the home-court advantage due to their superior regular-season record.
Here's the schedule for the NBA Finals, via NBA.com.
Tuesday, July 20 (Game 6)
- Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ABC (Bucks lead series 3-2)
Thursday, July 22 (Game 7, if necessary)
- Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ABC
How can I watch the NBA Finals on TV live without cable?
Nearly all of the five majoroffer ABC (all but Sling TV), but not every service carries your local ABC station, so check the links below to make sure it's available in your area. Sling, to its credit, will be simulcasting the ABC games on ESPN3, so you will be able to stream the games on its service.
Our top picks? For the most complete option -- and a better app -- check out YouTube TV. If you want to get all the games for the cheapest rate, Sling TV is the pick.
Since the games will all air on ABC, if you don't want to use a streaming service you canand catch the games that way.
Google's live TV streaming service offers ABC for $65 per month.
Sling TV's Orange package runs $35 per month. While it does not carry ABC, Sling says it will simulcast the games that air on ABC via ESPN3.
Hulu Plus Live TV costs $65 a month and includes ABC.
AT&T TV's basic Entertainment package costs $70 and carries ABC.
FuboTV offers ABC as part of its $65-per-month Basic plan.
Are fans allowed at the games?
Whereas the 2020 playoffs took place in a Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida, the NBA has played its 2020-21 season in regular arenas with fans increasingly coming back to stadiums as local COVID-19 restrictions have eased. Fans are allowed at playoff games this year, and both the Bucks and the Suns are welcoming near-capacity crowds for the Finals.