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NBA Finals 2023: How to watch Game 1 of Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets

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The NBA final championship games are here after a nail-biting playoffs season. The finals begin Thursday, June 1 and will continue through June 18 if needed. Tomorrow marks Game 1 of the NBA Finals, pitting the Miami Heat, the Eastern Conference champions, against the Denver Nuggets, the Western Conference champions, at 8:30 p.m. EDT (5:30 p.m. PDT).

Find out how to catch Game 1 of the NBA finals and see who might end up as NBA champions. You don't even need a cable subscription -- just Sling TV or a digital TV antenna.

Best way to live stream the NBA finals

If you want access to live stream all the games in the NBA finals, the most cost effective way is with Sling TV. The Orange + Blue tier includes these plus the NBA finals games airing on ABC (certain markets). Right now, the first month is half-off the regular monthly price of $55.

Watch games on ABC: Sling TV Orange + Blue Tier (first month), $28/mo. (reduced from $55)

NBA finals game schedule

Don't miss a single moment of the 2023 NBA finals on ABC. Don't have cable TV? Sling TV Orange + Blue tier has many markets that carry ABC, or you can access it with a digital TV antenna.

Schedule for the 2023 NBA championship finals (No. 8 Miami Heat vs. No. 1 Denver Nuggets)

  • Game 1: Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ABC
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 4 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC  
  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ABC
  • Game 4: Friday, June 9 at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ABC
  • *Game 5: Monday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ABC
  • *Game 6: Thursday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ABC
  • *Game 7: Sunday, June 18 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC

*These games will only be played if needed.

The NBA finals will begin on Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The NBA championship games for 2023 will be shown on ABC.

Watch the 2023 NBA finals on Sling TV

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The best and most affordable way to watch the 2023 NBA finals airing on ABC is through Sling TV. The Orange + Blue tier gives you access to the maximum amount of live sports, including NFL Network, ABC, Fox and NBC broadcasts, for $55 per month. You'll get 50 hours of DVR storage to record all the games you want.

There's no contract, but Sling TV is offering the first month for half-off. So you'll only need to pay $28 for the Orange + Blue tier.

Don't have a smart TV to watch Sling TV on? Not a problem: Right now Sling TV is offering subscribers a free Amazon Fire TV Stick to use.

Sling TV Orange + Blue tier (first 3 months), $28/mo. (reduced from $55)

Which markets carry Sling TV?

Many cities carry Sling TV. If you live in one of the following areas, you can watch the NBA finals on Sling TV.

  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Los Angeles, Calif. 
  • New York City, N.Y.
  • Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 
  • San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif.

Watch the NBA Finals on a digital antenna


If you don't live in one of the above markets and you're worried about being able to access ABC during the NBA finals, you can get a digital antenna to access your local TV stations, which will include ABC. While Sling TV does carry ABC in several of its large markets, the antenna will give you peace of mind so that you won't have to miss a single game of the NBA finals.

This one supports smart TVs in 1080p, 4K and 8K displays and works with older models too. It's also currently discounted at Amazon. Buy now and it will arrive before the NBA finals are over.

Roainey digital TV antenna with amplifier signal booster, $27 after coupon (down from $40)

Hulu + Live TV bundle

It's not as affordable as Sling TV, but the Hulu + Live TV bundle has a huge library of content thanks to their partnerships with Disney and ESPN. In the bundle, both Disney+ and ESPN+ are included and it's totally ad-free. If you want it all, get the Hulu + Live TV bundle.

Sign up for the Hulu + Live TV with ESPN+ and Disney+ bundle, $70 a month


FuboTV is a sports-centric streaming services that has live TV events for almost every sport imaginable, including international ones, plus over 100 other channels. Did we mention that they give you 1,000 hours of DVR space as well? Get a free seven-day trial by signing up here.

FuboTV, starting at $75 a month

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV streams all the networks a sports fan could want, including ABC, NBC, Fox, ESPN and more. No matter what your viewing needs are, DirecTV Stream should have a monthly package that will serve you. Prices on DirecTV Stream services start at $65 a month for the first three months, then $75 a month thereafter.

DirecTV Stream, $65 and up per month

The best TV deals ahead of the NBA finals 


Looking for a new television for all your sports watching needs? Watch the NBA finals on a smart TV. We've rounded up some great deals for the latest in high-quality TV technology.

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