The 2019 NBA regular season is complete, and that means one thing: Playoffs basketball.
The Warriors are once again the favourites, but the likes of the Nuggets and the Rockets will be looking to knock them out in the west, while the Bucks, Raptors and 76ers will be looking to make it out of the east for a chance to dethrone the champs, and you won’t miss out on any of the action when streaming games to a mobile device.
2019 NBA Playoffs TV Preview
As expected, the depth of talent in the Western Conference was far greater than in the east this season, with the eighth seed – the San Antonio Spurs – managing 48 wins over the course of the regular season compared with 41 wins for Detroit, the eighth seed in the east. Much of the attention, however, will be focused further up the standings. The top of the west sees the dominant Golden State Warriors as expected, with their competition in that conference most likely to come from the likes of the impressive second-seeded Nuggets – albeit after a few hiccups in recent weeks – and the Houston Rockets, who finished the regular season with 20 wins from their last 24 games.
Though the east might not boast as much depth as their Western Conference counterparts, the top-end talent is hard to ignore, and an argument could easily be made that it is home to the three best teams in the league after the Warriors. The Bucks, led by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, surprised everyone by winning 60 games on the back of the heavy spacing scheme initiated by new couch Mike Budenholzer. The Raptors followed with 58 wins, continuing their run of successive top four finishes in the east, which has now extended to six years. With Kawhi Leonard now leading the way, they’ll be hoping they can surpass the Conference Semifinal stage which has proved so troublesome for them in recent years. In third place was the Philadelphia 76ers, who, after adding Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris during the season to a starting lineup already boasting Joel Embiid and Australian Ben Simmons, might just be the most talented side in the conference, and you’ll be able to catch every minute of the action when watching the NBA online in Australia with every game of the NBA Conference Finals available LIVE (Foxtel and Kayo Sports).
2019 NBA Finals Live Australian TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Friday 14 June||LIVE (Game 6): Warriors v Raptors||11.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 17 June||LIVE (Game 7 if needed): Raptors v Warriors||10.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time on ESPN, and broadcast on Foxtel and Kayo Sports. The NBA on Free to Air is not available in Australia. Full NBA replays to be shown through-out the week.
Stream the NBA Live and Free
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 of Australia will broadcast the following LIVE via Foxtel/Kayo – Every game of the Conference and Championship Finals, with replays of the games you may have missed.
So if you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to ESPN you may wish to review the 10 day Foxtel Now trial which offers basketball fans an opportunity to watch NBA action live online with compatible internet connected devices.
Alternatively, you can check out the FREE 14 day Kayo Sports trial which will also offer these exact same ESPN games LIVE. With the Kayo trial you can stream the NBA playoffs free using eligible mobile devices, and with the Split-view feature you can catch up to four Live events at the same time.
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NBA Players To Watch
Ben Simmons is primed to be the best player Australia has ever produced, and heading into his second full NBA season after a sensational college career for the NCAA Men’s LSU Tigers, will play a huge role as the primary ball handler for his Philadelphia 76ers. In an incredible debut season, Simmons averaged close to a triple-double, and subsequently won the Rookie of the Year award. He has the potential to become a top ten player within the next year, and if he is able to develop any sort of a jump shot, the rest of the league will be trembling.
LeBron James will head into his 16th NBA season still holding the title of best player in the world, and will for the first time carry the hopes of the league’s biggest fanbase. The new Laker will play alongside a uniquely constructed roster consisting of young talent such as Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as experienced players, though he has shown plenty of times in the past that, regardless of the roster he is surrounded by, his team will be good. He should have another unbelievable regular season and perhaps even provide the Lakers a glimpse of the NBA Finals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is still just 23 years of age, but the Milwaukee Buck sensation seems primed to make a jump into the very top echelon of players in the world this season, if he isn’t there already. The Greek Freak started last season like an obvious MVP, and though he didn’t maintain the extremely high level, he still finished sixth in voting for the award as well as earning a place on the NBA All Stars team. This season he will play under coach Mike Budenholzer, the best coach he will have had in his career, and another leap forwards wouldn’t come as a surprise.
Best NBA Finals TV Shows in Australia
Looking for even more NBA television TV shows to keep you up to date during the 2019 season and into the playoffs? Enjoy these regularly scheduled programs that include ‘NBA Countdown’, ‘Sportscenter’, ‘The Jump’ and more. Take a look at the listings below for all the details on where to find the best in off-court action on Australian TV.
|NBA: The Jump||Alongside host Rachel Nichols, keep up to date with the latest news and stories from the NBA with a rotating panel of players and analysts.||ESPN (Kayo/Foxtel)|
|NBA Countdown||Join Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce, and Chauncey Billups as they discuss the biggest storylines from around the NBA.||ESPN (Kayo/Foxtel)|
|Sportscenter||ESPN’s most well-known sports show, Sportscenter takes you through the most important news from around the NBA and an array of other sport on TV.||ESPN (Kayo/Foxtel)|
|Jalen and Jacoby||Former NBA player Jalen Rose and ESPN producer David Jacoby take a unique look at the latest goings on in the sporting world.||ESPN (Foxtel)|
|Inside the NBA Halftime Report||Host Ernie Johnson and former NBA star Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal combine humour and analysis to dissect the first half of the current game.||ESPN (Foxtel)|