NBA Playoffs: How to Watch First Round Games Without Cable on April 29

The first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs continues with a pivotal Game 6 matchup. Today’s gams will feature some of the league’s biggest names: Ja Morant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, and more. Down 3-2, the Timberwolves need a win tonight to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Cord cutters can find out how to watch all of today’s first-round games below.

How to Watch 2022 NBA Playoffs

As teams compete against each other for a chance to hold the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the playoffs, fans have plenty of choices when it comes to watching the 2022 NBA Playoffs unfold.

Sling TV is your most affordable option, with ESPN, ESPN3, and TNT available in the Sling Orange package. You can also add NBA TV to your lineup with an $11/mo. add-on.

AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to find out which affiliate in your area will broadcast games on your local ABC. ESPN3 will also be simulcasting all ABC games through the Finals.

NBA TV: Fans can get a free 7-day trial with an NBA TV subscription for only $6.99/month or $24.99 for the rest of the season, to watch nationally broadcasted games on the only network with 24/7 NBA coverage.

Subscribers to live TV streaming services can check out our chart below to see if your service will be streaming NBA postseason games.

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 $69.99/mo.$69.99/mo.$69.99/mo.$35/mo.$35/mo.$64.99/mo.
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First Round Schedule

Monday, April 18 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
No. 5 Toronto Raptors 97 at No. 4 Philadelphia 76ers 112 (Game 2; PHI Leads 2-0)7:30 PMTNT
No. 5 Utah Jazz 104 at No. 4 Dallas Mavericks 110 (Game 2; Series Tied 1-1)8:30 PMNBATV
No. 6 Denver Nuggets 106 at No. 3 Golden State Warriors 126 (Game 2; GSW Leads 2-0)10:00 PMTNT

The most intriguing matchup of tonight will be between the Jazz and Mavericks. The Jazz are the only team playing today that pulled off a road upset during Game 1. The Mavs were without superstar Luka Doncic in Game 1 and will be without him tonight due to a calf injury. The Jazz were able to win a low-scoring game 99-93, and the Mavs will need someone to step up if they don’t want to head to Salt Lake City down 2-0.

Tuesday, April 19 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
No. 8 Hawks 105 at No. 1 Heat 115 (Game 2; MIA Leads 2-0)7:30 PMTNT
No. 7 Timberwolves 96 at No. 2 Grizzlies 124 (Game 2; Series Tied 1-1)8:30 PMNBATV
No. 8 New Pelicans 125 at No. 1 Suns 114 (Game 2; PHX Leads 1-0)10:00 PMTNT

Game 2 of Hawks-Heat should be the game of the night During Game 1, Trae Young did not live up to his ‘Ice Trae’ moniker in the way he wanted to after scoring 8 points and going 1-12 from the field, 0-7 from 3 point range, and 6-7 from the charity stripe. Young had an unusually cold night in Miami and will look to redeem himself after the Hawks were defeated 115-91 on Sunday. Defensively, the Hawks will have to find out a way to slow down Duncan Robinson who put up a game-high 27 points.

Wednesday, April 20 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
No. 7 Nets 107 at No. 2 Celtics 114 (Game 2; BOS Leads 2-0)7:00 PMTNT
No. 4 Sixers 104 at No. 5 Raptors 101 (Game 3; PHI Leads 3-0)8:00 PMNBATV
No. 6 Bulls 114 at No. 3 Bucks 110 (Game 2; Series Tied 1-1)9:30 PMTNT

Joel Embiid and the 76ers travel to Canada to take on the Raptors in Game 3 and the Sixers will be without Matisse Thybulle, one of their best defenders. Thybulle isn’t able to enter Canada due to his vaccination status, which makes the next two games must-wins for the Raptors. After winning the season series 3-1, the Raptors have been outscored in the first 2 playoff games by a combined 35 points and will need a huge game from Pascal Siakam if they want to turn the series around.

Thursday, April 21 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
No. 2 Grizzlies 104 at No. 7 T-Wolves 95 (Game 3; MEM Leads 2-1)7:30 PMTNT
No. 4 Mavs 126 at No. 5 Jazz 118 (Game 3; DAL Leads 2-1)9:00 PMNBATV
No. 3 Warriors 118 at No. 6 Nuggets 113 (Game 3; GSW Leads 3-0)10:00 PMTNT

The Warriors have come out to play in the first two games of their series against the Nuggets. Third-year guard Jordan Poole has been playing at an All-Star level this round, setting an NBA record for most made threes in two career playoff games with 10, and scored a combined 59 points through 2 games. Poole’s emergence has unlocked the second coming of the Warriors ‘Death Lineup’ which allows the team to play small and push the pace. In 11 minutes through 2 games, the lineup of Poole, Steph Curry,  Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green are +29, and have an offensive rating of 204.3 points per 100 possessions to Denver’s 75. If the Nuggets can’t turn it around tonight in the Mile High City then reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic could be facing his second postseason weep in as many years.

Friday, April 22 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
Heat 110 at Hawks 111 (Game 3; MIA Leads 3-1)7:00 PMESPN
Bucks 111 at Bulls 81 (Game 3; MIL Leads 2-1)8:30 PMABC
Suns 114 at Pelicans 111 (Game 3; Series Tied 2-1)9:30 PMESPN

Saturday, April 23 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
76ers 102 at Raptors 110 (Game 4; PHI Leads 3-1)2:00 PMTNT
Mavs 99 at Jazz 100 (Game 4; Series Tied 2-2)4:30 PMTNT
Celtics 109 at Nets 103 (Game 3; BOS Leads 3-0)7:30 PMESPN
Grizzlies 118 at T-Wolves 119 (Game 4; Series Tied 2-2)10:00 PMESPN

Sunday, April 24 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
Bucks 119 at Bulls 95 (Game 4; MIL Leads 3-1)1:00 PMABC
Warriors 121 at Nuggets 126 (Game 4; GSW Leads 3-1)3:30 PMABC
Heat 110 at Hawks 86 (Game 4; MIA Leads 3-1)7:00 PMTNT
Suns 103 at Pelicans 118 (Game 4; Series Tied 2-2)9:30 PMTNT

Monday, April 25 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
Celtics 116 at Nets 112 (Game 4; BOS Advances 4-0)7:00 PMTNT
Raptors 103 at 76ers 88 (Game 5; PHI Leads 3-1)8:00 PMNBATV
Jazz 77 at Mavs 102 (Game 5; Series Tied 2-2)9:30 PMTNT

The Jazz-Mavericks series will highlight the evening as tonight’s pivotal Game 5 could change the course for both franchises. Luka Doncic made his return for the Mavs in Game 4 and scored 30 points in Utah but the Mavs were defeated 100-99. The series heads back to Dallas and Luka would like to close out the series and get out of the first round for the first time in his career. The Jazz have been off note, after dropping 2 games to a Luka-less Mavs, if they manage to lose this series then at least one of the three between head coach Quin Snyder, Rudy Gobert, and Donovan Mitchell may not be returning to Salt Lake City next season.

Tuesday, April 26 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
Hawks 94 at Heat 97 (Game 5; MIA Advances 4-1)7:00 PMNBATV
T-Wolves 109 at Grizzlies 111 (Game 5; MEM Leads 3-2)7:30 PMTNT
Pelicans 97 at Suns 112 (Game 5; PHX Lead 3-2)10:00 PMTNT

The Hawks are looking to scathe off elimination when they travel to South Beach to take on the Heat. The Hawks were able to pull off a 111-110 upset in Game 3 but after getting blown out 110-86 in Game 4, tonight’s game is a must-win. Trae Young earned his ‘Ice Trae’ moniker during last year’s postseason and he will have to rewind the clock if the Hawks are to continue their playoff journey.

Wednesday, April 27 – Results

GameTime (ET)Network
Bulls 100 at Bucks 116 (Game 5; MIL Advances 4-1)7:30 PMTNT
Nuggets 98 at Warriors 102 (Game 5; GSW Advances 4-1)10:00 PMTNT

In the early game, the Chicago Bulls will be looking to keep their championship dreams alive as they travel to Cream City to take on the Bucks. During the regular season, the Bulls went 0-4 against their Central Division rivals and are currently 1-3 in the postseason. After losing All-Star Khris Middleton earlier in the series, the Bucks haven’t missed a beat after winning the past two games in the series by double digits.

Reigning NBA MVP and favorite to win the 2022 award Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets are staring at elimination if they do not pull off a victory against the Warriors at the Chase Center tonight. Jokic had 37 points, 6 assists, and 8 rebounds in the Nuggets 126-121 Game 4 win. Jokic was able to get solid contributions from his teammates, with two other players scoring over 20 points, which is something that did not happen in the first 3 games that they lost.

Thursday, April 28 – Results 

GameTime (ET)Network
76ers 132 at Raptors 97 (Game 6; PHI Advances 4-2)7:00 PMNBA TV
Mavs 98 at Jazz 96 (Game 6; Mavs Advance 4-2)7:30 PMTNT
Suns 115 at Pelicans 109 (Game 6; DAL Leads 3-2)10:00 PMTNT

Of all the teams that are leading their series, the Philadelphia 76ers have the most pressure on them to close out and advance to the next round. After getting off to a 3-0 lead, the Sixers have let the Raptors hang around and win two straight. Game 6 will take place in Toronto but the Raptors will be without All-Star Fred VanVleet which means tonight’s game is the perfect opportunity to close out for the Sixers.

The pressure is building up in the City of Brotherly Love, Sixers coach Doc Rivers has coached three teams that have blown a 3-1 lead in the playoffs, and when asked about his collapses he said the following:

If the Sixers end up losing tonight then Game 7 heads back to Philadelphia, and another loss would make Rivers the first coach in NBA history to blow a 3-0 lead.

Friday, April 29

GameTime (ET)Network
Grizzlies at T-Wolves (Game 6; MEM Leads 3-2)9:00 PM ETESPN

Sunday, May 1

GameTime (ET)Network
T-Wolves at Grizzlies (Game 7*)7:30 PMABC

*If necessary