How to watch the NBA Finals for free: Nuggets vs Heat Game 1

How to watch the NBA Finals for free: Nuggets vs Heat Game 1 1

It’s time to decide who the best NBA team of 2023 is. The Denver Nuggets had a fairly easy trip through the Western Conference Finals, running over the LA Lakers in four games straight. The Miami Heat had a closer call. After beating the Boston Celtics in the first three games, they lost the next three, which forced a final seventh game. The Celtics hoped to be the first team in NBA history to come back from three straight losses to win the conference finals. Ultimately, the Heat dominated in Game 7.

Did the Heat’s near-loss shake them up or make them stronger? Did the Nuggets’ easy wins hype them up or give them too much time off? We’ll find out tonight. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is tonight, June 1, at 8:30 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on ESPN+ and ABC. The rest of the series will be ABC exclusive. Several of the best live TV streaming services have ABC. If you time your subscription right, you can even get the first few games for free by way of a free trial. These are your best options.

Watch the NBA Finals live stream on FuboTV

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FuboTV is our go-to recommendation for watching the series. That’s because there is currently a FuboTV free trial that will give you a full week of the service for free. That’s enough to watch the first three games in the series. FuboTV normally costs $75 per month. You’ll have access to hundreds of channels, including ABC, the three main ESPN channels, and tons more.

Watch the NBA Finals live stream on YouTube TV

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Another option for watching tonight’s game for free is YouTube TV. Like FuboTV, there is a YouTube TV free trial that gives you ten whole days of the service for nothing. Ten days will get you the first four games of the series, which could be all of them if the Nuggets or the Heat dominate. After your trial is over and you’re hooked, the service costs $73 per month, with your first full month discounted to $65.

Watch the NBA Finals live stream on ESPN+

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ESPN+ has Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but only Game 1. After that, the series becomes an ABC exclusive. Unfortunately there is no ESPN+ free trial, so you’ll have to pay $10 per month to get the service. It’s one of the cheapest options for streaming sports, with events like boxing, golf and college sports broadcast daily. If you’re already subscribed to Disney+ or Hulu, you can wrap the services up into one $13 per month bill (called the Disney Bundle) and save a ton of money.


Watch the NBA Finals live stream on Hulu with Live TV

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Another way to stream live sports is Hulu with Live TV. Hulu lost access to local ABC affiliates for a few months, but they recently got them back. There is no Hulu with Live TV free trial, but you can bundle the service with ESPN+ and Disney+ to save a few bucks. All together the Disney Bundle with Live TV is $70 per month.


Watch the NBA Finals live stream on Sling TV

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Sling TV is a great option for ditching your cable box because it has a feature we’ve begged cable to have for decades: You can subscribe to smaller packs of channels for less money, so you only pay for the kind of TV you actually watch. There are two main packages, Sling Blue and Sling Orange. You’ll need Sling Blue to get ABC, and unfortunately it’s only available in the eight biggest TV markets in the country, so make sure you’re in one before you subscribe. Unfortunately, there is no Sling TV free trial. Your first month will be $20, with all months after that costing $40.

Watch the NBA Finals live stream from abroad with a VPN

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If you’re not in the U.S., watching American sports is often difficult. Who wants to sign up for a foreign streaming service that they’ll never use once they’re back in the states? There’s an easy fix for that. Just use one of the best VPNs for streaming, connect to a server in the U.S., and sign up like you’re on U.S. soil. We recommend NordVPN as the best VPN overall. It’s currently on sale for just $3.29 per month when you sign up for a two-year plan.

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