After winning their first championship in half a century last season, the Milwaukee Bucks are back in the playoffs, back at Fiserv Forum and back in the hunt for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
After dispatching the Chicago Bulls with general ease, the arduous journey back to the NBA mountaintop takes the Bucks to Boston for a second-round series against the hottest team in the league, the Celtics. On paper, just like last year's series against the Nets, it looks like another unofficial Eastern Conference Finals – one made even tougher with the injury to Khris Middleton, keeping the sharpshooter on the bench. Add in the fact that the defending champs are going to get every team's best shot, and Bucks-Celtics should be another iconic postseason series in Milwaukee sports history. Bragging rights are on the table – as well as a critical step toward reclaiming their NBA crown. So yeah, 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 bash Boston live and in person at Fiserv Forum? And all out of spots at any sports bar viewing parties? You can still obviously keep up with Giannis and company on your 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 turn the Celtics into chowder.
Regular TV listings
For those who've 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-Celtics series will be showing on television:
- Game 7 – Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 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 Boston beatdown from the Bucks will be streaming the game from the comfort of your lucky couch in the living room. Here are your best streaming options for following the Bucks in the second 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 DirecTV Stream. (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 Game 7 of this second round matchup, all you need to worry about right now is ABC – and thankfully just about all of the live television streaming services offer the network. (Sling TV doesn't but it does carry ESPN3, which often simulcasts ABC sports broadcasts.) Most of these streaming services cost between $60-70 a month, while Sling's orange plan is a slightly cheaper at $35 per month. A bonus reminder: 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 possibly score a few playoff games without having to dig into your wallet even once.
- Sling TV (orange plan): ESPN and TNT for $35 a month (ABC is unavailable but ESPN3 carries ABC broadcasts)
- Hulu with Live TV: ESPN, ABC and TNT for $69.99 a month
- YouTube TV: ESPN, ABC and TNT for $64.99 a month
- FuboTV: ESPN and ABC for $69.99 a month (TNT is unavailable)
- DirecTV Stream: ESPN, TNT and ABC for $69.99 a month
With Game 7 on ABC, one of the best – and cheapest – ways to get that contest on your TV is simply with an antenna, which are very inexpensive, easy to find and require no monthly payments or subscriptions. No streaming silliness necessary!
TV channel apps/websites
So you've cut the cord ... but you probably 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 ESPN app onto your streaming device of choice (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 ESPN's respective website, then sign in using a valid provider username and password. For future ABC and ESPN broadcasts, ESPN3 – the sports behemoth's online streaming hub – should provide access right smack-dab in the middle of the ESPN home page, with the same going for any future games on TNT as well (just on TNT's website instead). In both cases, you can just click on the front page's link to the game, plug in the requisite info and watch away. (ABC games may not even require all of that, just showing the game – no sign-ins needed.) Congrats, you now have access to the games – no cable necessary. Well, SOMEBODY'S cable is necessary.
All of these approaches obviously work if you have cable as well. Just download the channels' apps or go to their websites, and punch 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.