The Warriors will go in as comfortable favourites, but with LeBron James leading the Cavaliers, and you can watch the high flying action on your big screen TV, or stream the Playoff games live to a mobile device with a Free trial.
2018 NBA Finals TV Preview
The Golden State Warriors have been widely touted as the likely Champion for the entirety of the 2017/18 season. After cruising through the first couple of rounds of the Playoffs though, they met some fierce resistance in the Western Conference Finals from the Houston Rockets. The Rockets earned themselves a 3-2 series lead after five games, but the Warriors lifted their game a level with their backs against the wall to win the series and earn themselves a place in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals. The fifth member of their starting lineup, Andre Iguodala, is nursing a knee injury and is in doubt to start the series, but aside from that they have a clean bill of health and will feel confident in their chances against the Cavs.
Cleveland have faced some extreme ups and downs this season and could feasibly have been knocked out in Round 1 of the Playoffs against both Indiana, and more recently, the Boston Celtics. LeBron James, however, put the side on his back, and has carried the Cavs through to yet another Finals series. He will need to put in a superhuman performance to give them a chance in this one and will also need some help from the likes of Kevin Love, who is recovering from a concussion, George Hill and Kyle Korver. They will have their work cut out to even make the Warriors sweat, but if they can somehow muster up an improbable World Championship, it may just be LeBron’s finest achievement yet, and you won’t have to miss a key minute when watching live online in Australia.
2018 NBA Finals Live TV Times (ESPN)
Friday 1 June LIVE: Warriors v Cavaliers at 11.00am (game 1)
Monday 4 June LIVE: Warriors v Cavaliers at 10.00am (game 2)
Thursday 7 June LIVE: Cavaliers v Warriors at 11.00am (game 3)
Saturday 9 June LIVE: Cavaliers v Warriors at 11.00am (game 4)
Shown as Sydney time on ESPN, adjust for regional differences. NBA on Free to Air limited or not available at all in Australia.
Watch the NBA Live
While the NBA is no longer on Free to Air TV, you can still watch the high-flying action before the final scores are posted, as ESPN will broadcast a minimum of 12 Live NBA playoff games here in the second round.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel Now 2-weeks Free live TV trial, which is open to EVERYONE and will telecast these same ESPN playoff games Online*, as well as offering live NBA playoffs streaming to eligible mobile devices through Foxtel Go just minutes within getting started.
NBA Players To Watch
Lebron James, what can you say about this giant of the game, regarded as one of the all-time greats. He tried his guts out for the Cavs in the Finals last year but unfortunately for him, he had nobody in support. He now gets his old Miami mate Dwayne Wade to Cleveland and if that duo can strike up something similar to what they did at the Heat, Cleveland will take some beating. But all the pressure and expectation will be on James.
Stephen Curry, not much more can be said about him and what he has produced so far in his career, and the scary thing is he will only get better. His overall playoffs form last season was hot and cold, but when it came for the Warriors to need someone to stand up in the big moment, Curry was the man and he delivered them another title. He should have another unbelievable regular season and steer the Warriors towards the NBA Championship Finals.
Russell Westbrook has always been considered a great player since coming into the NBA, and he finally got that recognition last year with the Thunder when claiming the MVP title. His numbers last season for Oklahoma were numbers that we haven’t seen and perhaps never likely to see again. It’ll be hard to match that, but he won’t need to with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joining City. He might not have the same numbers, but he will be just as dangerous.
For Australian fans, we really want and hope that Ben Simmons has an injury free year for the Philadelphia 76ers. Injury saw the young gun from Australia play no part last year for Philly after showing great promise in College Basketball. He’s had another pre-season under the belt and his Summer League form is quite encouraging. The 76ers have the potential to do some damage, and there’s hope Simmons can be a shining light.