How to watch NBA Playoffs 2018: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
The NBA Playoffs are down to the four remaining teams for this year’s conference finals. In the West, the defending champion Golden State Warriors will take on the Houston Rockets. And in the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers face off against the Boston Celtics.
The remainder of the playoffs will be broadcast on three networks — ESPN, ABC and TNT. You can live stream ESPN and ABC games on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN mobile application. And you can watch TNT games on TNTDrama.com or the TNT mobile app.
Here’s the schedule of the remaining playoff matchups:
How to watch NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 1 (Boston): Boston wins 108-83
Game 2 (Boston): Monday, May 15, 8:30 p.m. ET: ESPN
Game 3 (Cleveland): Saturday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. ET: ESPN
Game 4 (Cleveland): Monday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. ET: ESPN
Game 5 (Boston): Wednesday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. ET: ESPN (if necessary)
Game 6 (Cleveland): Friday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. ET: ESPN (if necessary)
Game 7 (Boston): Sunday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. ET: ESPN (if necessary)
LeBron James is looking to make his eighth straight NBA Finals off what’s been the most impressive postseason run in his 15-year career. In this year’s playoffs, James is averaging an impressive 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9 assists per game.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will likely through a mix of defenders at James in an attempt to slow him down, including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Semi Ojeleye and Marcus Morris. Ahead of Game 1, Morris said he was likely the second best defender in the league to guard James.
“I’m a little older, a little more experienced. Personally, I think I’m probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi,” Morris said, according to ESPN.
How to watch NBA Western Conference Finals:
Houston Rockets vs. No. 2 Golden State Warriors
Game 1 (Houston): Monday, May 14, 9 p.m. ET: TNT
Game 2 (Houston): Wednesday May 16, 9 p.m. ET: TNT
Game 3 (Oakland): Sunday May 20, 8 p.m. ET: TNT
Game 4 (Oakland): Tuesday May 22, 9 p.m. ET: TNT
Game 5 (Houston): Thursday May 24, 9 p.m. ET: TNT (if necessary)
Game 6 (Oakland): Saturday May 26, 9 p.m. ET: TNT (if necessary)
Game 7 (Houston): Monday May 28, 9 p.m. ET: TNT (if necessary)
NBA Playoffs Odds
The Cavs are currently a 2-point favorite heading into Game 1 in Boston.
Meanwhile, the Rockets are a 2-point favorite heading into their matchup against the Warriors on Monday.
Behind the stellar play of point guard Terry Rozier, the Celtics have surprised everyone for being in this spot, and they are primed to give the Cavaliers the biggest challenge yet. The Cavs, who seem to have scrubbed off a shaky start to the postseason, look to fend off Celts — and compete in their fourth straight NBA Finals. LeBron James will lead the Cavs to his eighth straight finals appearance, 4-1 — Christopher Brito
In the most anticipated playoff matchup, the Rockets will host the Warriors in a battle set to be defined by each team’s offensive prowess. The Rockets retooled this offseason with the veteran Chris Paul and other defensive pieces to compete with the Warriors, who are looking to take home their second straight title and third in four years. The question remains: will the Rockets have enough, even with MVP favorite James Harden? Likely not. The Warriors advance, 4-2. — Christopher Brito