Your guide to watching the NBA Finals in the US
The 2021/22 NBA regular is now veering towards its conclusion as the best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences attempt to mount their finals charges to earn a spot in the post-season or a spot in the play-in tournament.
Any team that finishes outside these seeds, maybe intentionally playing to earn higher picks in the upcoming NBA Draft so they can have a chance to select a huge college/overseas prospect to build around for the future.
At this current juncture, it remains unclear on which teams will earn passage into the playoffs, especially for those teams who have continuously lingered between the final guaranteed playoff seed and the play-in tournament rankings.
Teams ranked in the upper seeds will be automatically drawn against teams ranked lower, while teams in the midtable rankings will often get drawn against their closest ranked team from the regular season, which can result in some excellent encounters.
This process will continue across both Conferences until the best two teams from the East and West clash in a potential seven game series in the NBA Finals for a chance to win the most prestigious prize at any level of professional basketball.
Which teams are favorites to make the Finals this year?
Given that there are 30 different franchises that have set apart different motives at the start of the season and make various trade acquisitions that could propel them to title contenders.
In the latest NBA Finals odds, the Phoenix Suns (+380) currently occupy the league’s best record and will be looking for a return to the Finals after falling short to Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks in a thrilling six game series.
Despite the Brooklyn Nets (+475) currently occupying a seed outside of the playoffs qualification, with the return of Kevin Durant and the likes of Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons still awaiting clearance to play, the Nets remain hotly favorites to earn passage both to the playoffs and the Finals this year.
Other notable odds include the former dynasty Golden State Warrior (+450), the James Harden and Joel Embiid led Philadelphia 76ers (+650), the reigning champions Milwaukee Bucks (+800), the first seeded Eastern side Miami Heat (+1000) as well as the Utah Jazz (+1700), the Boston Celtics (+2200), the Memphis Grizzlies (+2500) and finally the Chicago Bulls (+3000).
The two LA franchises, Lakers (+6500) and Clippers (+6000), also remain in the running but fans are likely to stem further towards the Clippers due to the returning Kawhi Leonard and Paul George partnership.
The best ways to watch the NBA Finals:
The NBA Finals remain as one of sports most widely covered events due it featuring the very best talent available at such a prolific level of basketball.
The series itself is often broadcasted on ESPN or ABC and draws in major viewing throughout the entire event itself.
TNT will often broadcast the prior Playoff games with most broadcasts often beginning with the beloved preview show, ‘Inside the NBA’ featuring league legends Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith and respected presenter Ernie Johnson.
There are also various other channels and streaming services that fans can use to watch their favorite teams including the NBA League Pass that broadcasts every game from all teams that are not featured on national television.
For fans who are planning on attending a Finals outing themselves, the destination of a hosting venue is fully dependent to which two teams make it to the Finals rather than being a pre-selected arena that is often witnessed in other sports such as the Superbowl or the UEFA Champions League.
As expected, prices for seats are often much higher than for usual regular season games as the arena is expected to be a sell-out for all fans and celebrities involved, due to the Finals being a major attraction for all major names across the world.
Fans who may not be able to afford a yearly subscription to any of the channels listed above can look towards a cheaper alternative that is Sling TV and various other streaming platforms.
These will often require a fast and stable internet connection but are easy to setup and require much less hassle than cable TV.
You can also head out to a bar or social arena outside (or even inside a venue), as most teams that are in the Finals will often present broadcasts of the game outside their home arena to all eager fans, such as the Milwaukee Bucks’ Deer District.