How to Watch the NBA Finals: Game 5 Tonight Without Cable

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The NBA Finals are tied at 2-2 as a pivotal Game 5 will be played tonight at Phoenix Suns Arenas. The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns have won both of their games at home. The winner of Game 5 has historically more than likely gone on to win the series.

Suns PG Chris Paul played poorly in Game 4. The 11-time All-Star had his worst game of the series with 5 turnovers and only 10 points. His performance can be attributed to what may be an injured hand he was holding throughout Game 5, which he downplayed earlier in the series. Not only did his play hamper his production but it helped squander a 42 point performance by Devin Booker. The Suns will have another chance tonight to get things back on track when they return to the Valley.

Former 2-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his impressive Finals performance with a near triple-double — 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists in Game 4. The Greek Freak finally got some help from his teammates as SF Kris Middleton went off with 40 points to help the Bucks secure a 109-103 victory. The Bucks still need more production from PG Jrue Holiday if they want to pull away with their first NBA championship since 1971.

Fans will be in attendance at all of the games; however, cord cutters can find out how to watch the 2021 NBA Finals below.

The 2021 NBA Finals– Start Times and Channel

The 2021 NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns started Tuesday, July 6 with the Suns having home court advantage throughout the series. ABC will be the exclusive home of this year’s Finals. The series could end in 4 games, so games 5-7 are scheduled if necessary.

  • Game 1: Bucks at Suns on Tuesday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET | Phoenix Suns Arena
  • Game 2: Bucks at Suns on Thursday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET | Phoenix Suns Arena
  • Game 3: Suns at Bucks on Sunday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET | Fiserv Forum
  • Game 4: Suns at Bucks on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 p.m. ET | Fiserv Forum
  • Game 5*: Bucks at Suns on Saturday, July 17, 9 p.m. ET |  Phoenix Suns Arena
  • Game 6*: Suns at Bucks on Tuesday, July 20, 9 p.m. ET | Fiserv Forum
  • Game 7*: Bucks at Suns on Thursday, July 22, 9 p.m. ET | Phoenix Suns Arena

*if necessary

How do I watch the 2021 NBA Finals?

AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to see what ABC channel is available in your area with an antenna.

Locast: Viewers in over 30 markets served by Locast will also be able to watch on their local ABC for free with the service

Cord cutters can watch the 2021 NBA Finals by subscribing to any streaming service that carries ABC. Choosing from any of these subscription services below has its benefits because there are no hidden fees, you can cancel anytime with most offering a free trial for new subscribers.

YouTube TV: For $65/month, YouTube TV is a great service for watching the NBA Finals on ABC and over 80 other channels. With unlimited Cloud DVR storage, it’s the perfect place to record the moments, highlights, games, sports analyst predictions, and can return to it after the end of the series.

AT&T TV: Subscribers to the AT&TV can watch the NBA Finals on ABC, and over 60 other channels for $69.99/month with their Entertainment package. 20 hours of DVR is included so you won’t miss a moment on the hardwood, and you can record your other favorite shows.

Hulu + Live TV: For $65/month, Hulu + Live TV gives you access to ABC’s coverage of the 2021 NBA Finals. Plus, subscribers get over 65 channels, and access to Hulu’s large library of content including exclusive shows and movies. With 50 hours of Cloud DVR included you’ll be able to record all the shots and historic moments in this year’s Finals.

fuboTV: Perhaps the best sports-orientated streaming service because subscribers can watch ABC, over 130 events in 4K, and 100+ channels, starting at $64.99/month. 250 hours of Cloud DVR means there is plenty of room to save your favorite events.

Vidgo: ABC is part of the 95 channel lineup available on Vidgo. Catch all of the moments to the path of the Larry O’Brien Trophy for only $55/month.


Chris Paul’s legacy is on the line tonight. If the Suns do not win tonight and go down 3-2 then they’re more than likely going to lose the series, which means his time is running out to win the series. If he did aggravate an injury to his hand and it continues to hamper the Suns as it did in Game 4 then Milwaukee will be the first team to win on the road during this series. However, if Middleton or Holiday do not continue to produce then the Suns still have a chance with a struggling Paul. Expect tonight’s game to be close with the final score decided by 8 points or fewer. Since they’ve been more impressive at home, Phoenix will take a 3-2 lead tonight.

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