After a playoff bout in the bubble last year, the Milwaukee Bucks are back in the postseason, back at Fiserv Forum, back in front of live fans and back hunting for the Larry O'Brien Trophy in the hopes of claiming the city's first major sports championship in decades.
Following their brilliant revenge against the Miami Heat, a miracle seven-game scrap against the Brooklyn Nets and a hard-fought Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Giannis and the Bucks now face something we haven't seen in decades: the NBA Finals. Everything is truly at stake in this matchup – landing a glorious place in the history books against merely a place in the footnotes, fortifying Giannis' young legacy and creating a Milwaukee memory that would last forever. And you're not going to want to miss a single dribble now that the games are as real as they can get.
Unable to snag the hottest tickets in town to watch the Bucks set the Phoenix Suns live and in person at Fiserv Forum? And all out of spots at the viewing parties at The MECCA, The Beer Garden and the plaza by the arena? You can still obviously keep up with Giannis and company on your small screens at home. But where exactly can you find the games? And where can you find them if you've cut the cord? Here's a viewing guide for watching the Bucks down the Suns.
Regular TV listings
For those who've still kept the cord, finding the Bucks playoff games is easier than Giannis running a 3-on-1 breakaway. Here's the guide to where the Bucks-Hawks series will be showing on television:
- Game 6 – Tuesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC
- Game 7 (if necessary) – Thursday, July 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC
As for listening to the games, you can find the glorious sound of Giannis slam dunks at 620 WTMJ.
So you've cut the cord. You might be able to find a nicely distanced patio showing the game or on a TV at your local watering hole, but your best bet for taking in what will hopefully be a Suns extinguishing courtesy of the Bucks will be streaming the game from the comfort of your lucky couch in the living room. Here are your best bets for following the Bucks in the first round from home.
Live television streaming services
So you've cut the cord – but you likely haven't cut yourself off from the world of sports and pop culture, which means you probably have a live television streaming service like Sling TV (the orange package), YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, FuboTV or AT&T TV Now. (The other major streaming services – Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Peacock and Apple TV+ – as popular as they are, have yet to dip much into live sports programming.)
For the Finals, all you need to worry about is ABC – and thankfully all of these live television streaming services offer the broadcast network. All of these streaming services cost around $64.99 a month, while Sling's orange plan is a slightly cheaper at $35 per month and AT&T TV Now's choice plan costs $65 for a two-year contract and $85 with no contract. An important reminder, though: These streaming services typically offer some kind of free trial period, so if you time it right – and make sure you remember to cancel before the cutoff date – you could probably score a few playoff games without having to dig into your wallet even once.
- Sling TV (orange plan): ESPN, ABC and TNT for $35 a month
- Hulu with Live TV: ESPN, ABC and TNT for $64.99 a month
- YouTube TV: ESPN, ABC and TNT for $64.99 a month
- FuboTV: ESPN and ABC for $64.99 a month (TNT is unavailable)
- AT&T TV Now (choice plan): ESPN, TNT and ABC for $65 a month with a two-year contract
Honestly, though, with all of the games coming over the air with ABC, the best – and cheapest – way to get the Finals on your TV is with an antenna, which are very inexpensive, easy to find and require no monthly payments or subscriptions. Go old school and go antenna – no streaming silliness necessary.
TV channel apps/websites
So you've cut the cord ... but you have friends or family who haven't. We're not saying you SHOULD ask for their cable account info so you can log in and watch the games on these channels' streaming apps ... but if you were to do that, download the ABC or ESPN apps onto your streaming box (Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV or Amazon Fire stick), sign in using a borrowed provider username and password, and watch away.
You can also watch on your computer screen by popping over to ABC or ESPN's websites, then sign in using a valid provider username and password. Your best bet is ESPN3, the channel's online streaming service, which will provide access to the game right smack-dab in the middle of the ESPN home page; you just need to click on the main window, plug in the requisite info and watch away. Congrats, you now have access to the games – no cable necessary. Well, SOMEBODY'S cable is necessary.
All of this obviously works if you have cable as well. Just download the apps or go to the websites, and plug in your info. But ... you also have cable. And maybe an antenna too. So, you can also just watch the games on television as usual.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.