The race to the 2020 NBA playoffs continues Saturday, Aug. 8, with five “seeding games” on the league’s restart schedule.
A total of 15 NBA teams have already clinched playoff berths, but there is still much to be decided down the stretch. The seedings are far from finalized, and the final postseason spot in the Western Conference could come down to a play-in tournament. It will certainly be an exciting sprint to the finish line.
Below you’ll find everything you need to know about watching the NBA’s restart, including tipoff times and TV channels for the national broadcasts.
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NBA games today
Here’s the full schedule for today’s NBA games. Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats from each game.
Saturday, Aug. 8
|Clippers vs. Trail Blazers||1 p.m.||TNT|
|Jazz vs. Nuggets||3:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Lakers vs. Pacers||6 p.m.||TNT|
|Suns vs. Heat||7:30 p.m.||—|
|Bucks vs. Mavericks||8:30 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
How to watch, live stream NBA games
ESPN and TNT are available from almost all United States cable providers, but NBA TV is only offered by Verizon (channels 89 and 589) and Comcast (channels 734 and 478).
For those who have ESPN and TNT included in their cable or satellite subscriptions, live stream presentations of those networks’ NBA games can be found on the ESPN app and the Watch TNT app, respectively.
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four major OTT TV streaming options that carry both ESPN and TNT: Sling, Hulu, YouTube TV and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each:
Of the four services, Hulu is the only one that does not carry NBA TV. Fubo TV carries NBA TV but not ESPN or TNT.
All NBA “seeding games” will also be available to stream via NBA League Pass at a reduced price ($28.99) since there are so few games left in the season. However, games on NBA League Pass are blacked out in local markets.
NBA playoff bracket
Here’s what the NBA’s first-round playoff matchups would be if the season ended today.
(1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic
(2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets
(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers
(4) Heat vs. (5) Pacers
(1) Lakers vs. (8) Grizzlies
(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks
(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Thunder
(4) Rockets vs. (5) Jazz
NBA schedule 2020
(All times Eastern)
|Wizards vs. Thunder||12:30 p.m.||—|
|Grizzlies vs. Raptors||2 p.m.||—|
|Spurs vs. Pelicans||3 p.m.||ABC, fuboTV|
|Magic vs. Celtics||5 p.m.||—|
|76ers vs. Trail Blazers||6:30 p.m.||NBA TV, fuboTV|
|Rockets vs. Kings||8 p.m.||—|
|Nets vs. Clippers||9 p.m.||NBA TV, fuboTV|
|Thunder vs. Suns||2:30 p.m.||—|
|Mavericks vs. Jazz||3 p.m.||NBA TV, fuboTV|
|Raptors vs. Bucks||6:30 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Pacers vs. Heat||8 p.m.||—|
|Nuggets vs. Lakers||9 p.m.||TNT|
|Nets vs. Magic||1 p.m.||—|
|Rockets vs. Spurs||2 p.m.||NBA TV, fuboTV|
|Suns vs. 76ers||4:30 p.m.||—|
|Celtics vs. Grizzlies||5 p.m.||—|
|Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks||6:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Pelicans vs. Kings||9 p.m.||TNT|
|Bucks vs. Wizards||9 p.m.||—|
|Pacers vs. Rockets||4 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Raptors vs. 76ers||6:30 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Heat vs. Thunder||8 p.m.||—|
|Clippers vs. Nuggets||9 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Wizards vs. Celtics||TBD||TBD|
|Trail Blazers vs. Nets||TBD||TBD|
|Kings vs. Lakers||TBD||TBD|
|Bucks vs. Grizzlies||TBD||TBD|
|Pelicans vs. Magic||TBD||TBD|
|Mavericks vs. Suns||TBD||TBD|
|Spurs vs. Jazz||TBD||TBD|
|76ers vs. Rockets||TBD||TBD|
|Heat vs. Pacers||TBD||TBD|
|Thunder vs. Clippers||TBD||TBD|
|Nuggets vs. Raptors||TBD||TBD|
Sporting News’ Tadd Haislop contributed to this story.