How to Watch 2016 NBA Playoffs on TV/Online? When TV schedule comes out?

The 2016 NBA Playoffs will get started on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. A common question asked by basketball fans is how to watch the 2016 NBA Playoffs on TV and online. Until the final NBA Playoff brackets are set, we do know notionally when many of the TV broadcasts will occur, and we have included those for fans to use to plan out for allotting time to watch the best teams in the NBA compete for an opportunity to make it to the NBA finals. We also have the notional, and when available, complete 2016 NBA Playoff bracket for you to use to check out the action this postseason in addition to the 2016 NBA Playoff bracket.

Steph Curry celebrates nine three pointers made

Changes to the 2016 NBA Finals Format

The most significant change to the 2016 NBA Finals schedule when compared to past years, is that there are additional rest and travel days incorporated into the schedule. The first two games of the finals are scheduled to take place on June 2nd and June 5th. Game 3 will be held on June 8th, and game 4 on Friday, June 10th. If games 5 through seven are required, they will take place on June 13th, 16th, and 19th respectfully. In the event there are conflicts with the broadcast of the 2016 NFL Draft day two on April 29th, then the games scheduled for ESPN can be shown on ESPNNEWS as a backup network.

How to Watch the NBA Playoffs Online?

For the games on NBA TV:
TV Info: NBA TV
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
For the games on ESPN and other Major Networks:
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN
For the games on TNT:
TV Info: TNT
Live Stream: Watch TNT

2016 NBA Playoff TV Schedule

EASTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Detroit Pistons
Game 1 Sun. April 17 Detroit at Cleveland 3 p.m. ABC/R
Game 2 Wed. April 20 Detroit at Cleveland 8 p.m. TNT
Game 3 Fri. April 22 Cleveland at Detroit 7 p.m. ESPN
Game 4 Sun. April 24 Cleveland at Detroit 8:30 p.m. TNT
Game 5 Tue. April 26 Detroit at Cleveland TBD TBD
Game 6 Thu. April 28 Cleveland at Detroit TBD TBD
Game 7 Sat. April 30 Detroit at Cleveland TBD TNT
(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Indiana Pacers
Game 1 Sat. April 16 Indiana at Toronto 12:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 2 Mon. April 18 Indiana at Toronto 7 p.m. NBA TV
Game 3 Thu. April 21 Toronto at Indiana 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Game 4 Sat. April 23 Toronto at Indiana 3 p.m. TNT
Game 5 Tue. April 26 Indiana at Toronto TBD TBD
Game 6 Fri. April 29 Toronto at Indiana TBD TBD
Game 7 Sun. May 1 Indiana at Toronto TBD TBD
(3) Miami Heat vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets
Game 1 Sun. April 17 Charlotte at Miami 5:30 p.m. TNT
Game 2 Wed. April 20 Charlotte at Miami 7 p.m. NBA TV
Game 3 Sat. April 23 Miami at Charlotte 5:30 p.m. TNT
Game 4 Mon. April 25 Miami at Charlotte TBD TBD
Game 5 Wed. April 27 Charlotte at Miami TBD TBD
Game 6 Fri. April 29 Miami at Charlotte TBD TBD
Game 7 Sun. May 1 Charlotte at Miami TBD TBD
(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Boston Celtics
Game 1 Sat. April 16 Boston at Atlanta 7 p.m. ESPN
Game 2 Tue. April 19 Boston at Atlanta 7 p.m. TNT
Game 3 Fri. April 22 Atlanta at Boston 8 p.m. ESPN2
Game 4 Sun. April 24 Atlanta at Boston 6 p.m. TNT
Game 5 Tue. April 26 Boston at Atlanta TBD TBD
Game 6 Thu. April 28 Atlanta at Boston TBD TBD
Game 7 Sat. April 30 Boston at Atlanta TBD TNT
WESTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Houston Rockets
Game 1 Sat. April 16 Houston at Golden State 3:30 p.m. ABC/R
Game 2 Mon. April 18 Houston at Golden State 10:30 p.m. TNT
Game 3 Thu. April 21 Golden State at Houston 9:30 p.m. TNT
Game 4 Sun. April 24 Golden State at Houston 3:30 p.m. ABC/R
Game 5 Wed. April 27 Houston at Golden State TBD TBD
Game 6 Fri. April 29 Golden State at Houston TBD TBD
Game 7 Sun. May 1 Houston at Golden State TBD TBD
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies
Game 1 Sun. April 17 Memphis at San Antonio 8 p.m. TNT
Game 2 Tue. April 19 Memphis at San Antonio 9:30 p.m. TNT
Game 3 Fri. April 22 San Antonio at Memphis 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 4 Sun. April 24 San Antonio at Memphis 1 p.m. ABC
Game 5 Tue. April 26 Memphis at San Antonio TBD TBD
Game 6 Thu. April 28 San Antonio at Memphis TBD TBD
Game 7 Sat. April 30 Memphis at San Antonio TBD TNT
(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks
Game 1 Sat. April 16 Dallas at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 2 Mon. April 18 Dallas at Oklahoma City 8 p.m. TNT
Game 3 Thu. April 21 Oklahoma City at Dallas 7 p.m. TNT
Game 4 Sat. April 23 Oklahoma City at Dallas 8 p.m. ESPN/R
Game 5 Mon. April 25 Dallas at Oklahoma City TBD TBD
Game 6 Thu. April 28 Oklahoma City at Dallas TBD TBD
Game 7 Sat. April 30 Dallas at Oklahoma City TBD TNT
(4) L.A. Clippers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers
Game 1 Sun. April 17 Portland at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m. TNT
Game 2 Wed. April 20 Portland at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m. TNT
Game 3 Sat. April 23 L.A. Clippers at Portland 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 4 Mon. April 25 L.A. Clippers at Portland 10:30 p.m. TNT
Game 5 Wed. April 27 Portland at L.A. Clippers TBD TBD
Game 6 Fri. April 29 L.A. Clippers at Portland TBD TBD
Game 7 Sun. May 1 Portland at L.A. Clippers TBD TBD
Semifinals Date Time (ET) TV
Game 1 Thu May 5 8 p.m. ESPN
Game 2 Thu May 5 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 3 Fri May 6 8 p.m. ESPN
Game 3 Fri May 6 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 3 Sat May 7 5 p.m. ESPN
Game 3 Sat May 7 8:15 p.m. ABC
Game 4 Sun May 8 3 p.m. ABC
Game 6 * Thu May 12 8 p.m. ESPN
Game 6 * Thu May 12 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 6 * Fri May 13 8 p.m. ESPN
Game 6 * Fri May 13 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 7 * Sun May 15 3 p.m. ABC
Eastern Conf. Finals Date Time (ET) TV
Game 1 Tue May 17 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 2 Thu May 19 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 3 Sat May 21 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 4 Mon May 23 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 5 * Wed May 25 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 6 * Fri May 27 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 7 * Sat May 29 8:30 p.m. ESPN
NBA Finals Date Time (ET) TV
Game 1 Thu June 2 9 p.m. ABC
Game 2 Sun June 5 8 p.m. ABC
Game 3 Wed June 8 9 p.m. ABC
Game 4 Fri June 10 9 p.m. ABC
Game 5 * Mon June 13 9 p.m. ABC
Game 6 * Thu June 16 9 p.m. ABC
Game 7 * Sun June 19 8 p.m. ABC


Note: Games 5, 6, and 7 are played only if required

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