The Golden State Warriors are the defending champs but it won’t be a walk in the park with some in form teams in their way heading into the championships, and you can watch the high flying action on a standard or HD TV, or stream the Playoff games live to a mobile device with a Free trial.
2018 NBA Playoffs TV Preview
The Eastern Conference shapes up to be a really interesting one. The Toronto Raptors are the number one seed and rightfully so after an outstanding regular season. Progressing to the Finals will be a different story because there are some very dangerous teams in the Conference, starting with the Philadelphia 76ers. They went on a 13 game winning streak leading into the Playoffs, largely off the back of Ben Simmons, who you’d have to think is a moral to get rookie of the year with some frightening numbers being produced. He is described as the heir apparent to LeBron James. If the Boston Celtics get healthy, they will surely be in the mix, while the Cleveland Cavaliers have had a mixed year, but when they turn it on, they are one the best sides in the entire NBA. They’ve reached the last two Finals Series, but in order to make it three straight, they need to start better because in recent games they have been very slow out of the blocks.
The Western Conference looks a bit more clear cut with two sides really standing out- the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. The Rockets have been clearly the best side in the Conference this season, having the best record of any side in the Conference. Their attacking power is just outstanding, with James Harden and Chris Paul leading the charge, with the team regularly scoring 120+, and with numbers like that, they are capable of beating anyone including the Warriors, who are the defending champions. The Warriors haven’t played like the defending champions this season, but with players like Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, you cannot put the line through them as a winning chance. For Aussie fans, you’ll be cheering hard for the Utah Jazz, who look well poised to challenge hard in the Conference. Their shining light this season has been Joe Ingles, the Australian guard who has been a real standout this year, with his efforts during basketball at the Rio Olympics transforming him into a NBA star.
2018 NBA Playoffs Live TV Times (ESPN)
Fri 20 April LIVE: Philadelphia v Miami at 9.00am
Fri 20 April LIVE: Warriors v Spurs at 11.30am
Sat 21 April LIVE: Cleveland v Indiana at 9.00am
Sat 21 April LIVE: Milwaukee v Boston at 11.30am
Sun 22 April LIVE: Minnesota v Houston at 9.30am
Sun 22 April LIVE: Utah v Oklahoma City at 12.00pm
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 – Free Trial Offer
While the NBA is no longer on Free to Air TV, you can still watch much of the action before the final scores are posted, as ESPN will broadcast a minimum of 5 Live NBA games each week of the regular season.
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.