For the first time in NBA history, the NBA Finals will be played outside the United States of America. You got that right, the only Canadian team managed to make it all the way to the top, and now it’s the NBA Finals with the Toronto Raptors vs. the Golden State Warriors.
For the next month or so, Canadians will be watching the Toronto Raptors make their first ever trip to the NBA Finals, as Canada hosts its very first NBA Finals game at the Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto, Ontario.
Fans from coast to coast will have a chance to be witness to history, and here’s the full broadcast schedule for every game in the Finals.
NBA FINALS GAME SCHEDULE
NBA FINALS GAME 1 – TORONTO
9:00pm ET – Thursday, May 30 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (broadcast live on Sportsnet and TSN 1050)
NBA FINALS GAME 2 – TORONTO
8:00pm ET – Sunday, June 2 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (broadcast live on TSN and SN 590 The FAN)
NBA FINALS GAME 3 – OAKLAND
9:00pm ET – Wednesday, June 5 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA (broadcast live on Sportsnet and TSN 1050)
NBA FINALS GAME 4 – OAKLAND
9:00pm ET – Friday, June 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA (broadcast live on TSN and SN 590 The FAN)
NBA FINALS GAME 5 – TORONTO
9:00pm ET – Monday, June 10 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (broadcast live on Sportsnet and TSN 1050)
NBA FINALS GAME 6 – OAKLAND
9:00pm ET – Thursday, June 13 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA (broadcast live on TSN and SN 590 The FAN)
NBA FINALS GAME 7 – TORONTO
8:00pm ET – Sunday, June 15 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (broadcast live on Sportsnet)
HOW TO WATCH THE NBA FINALS IF YOU HAVE CABLE
If you have cable at home, the Finals will alternate between Sportsnet and TSN.
Sportsnet will broadcast games 1, 3, 5 and 7, while TNS will carry Games 2, 4 and 6.
HOW TO WATCH THE NBA FINALS IF YOU DON’T HAVE CABLE
If you don’t subscribe to cable but have an internet connection with sufficient bandwidth, you can purchase a subscription with Sportsnet NOW or TSN Direct.
Sportsnet NOW has a seven day pass for CAD$9.99 and a one month pass for CAD$19.99.
TSN Direct has a 24 hour pass for CAD$4.99 and a one month pass for $19.99.
Subscriptions to either services allows you to watch the games on mobile devices as well as smart TVs.
WATCHING IN PUBLIC AREAS
You can bet that every bar and restaurant in Canada will be showing the NBA Finals. If you haven’t done so already, try to make reservations. If reservations are not available, expect significant wait times no matter where you go.
Viewing parties have been organized in most cities across Canada. The most popular location outside of Scotiabank Arena itself is Maple Leaf Square.
Called Jurassic Park by fans, Maple Leaf Square will host a free viewing party on large screens. Expect Jurassic Park to be packed with a heavy police presence.
Other cities in the GTA including Brampton, Burlington and Mississauga will be hosting NBA Finals viewing parties of their own.
Cineplex is hosting free viewing parties at 33 theatres across Canada. Tickets are first-come, first served and limited to two. Online registration is required.
WATCHING THE HOME GAMES AT SCOTIABANK ARENA
Of course, you can always watch the home games at the Scotiabank Arena itself. Be warned, ticket prices have gone through the roof, with tickets selling for more than US$30,000 for courtside seats.
Be careful when buying tickets, and make sure that you only buy direct from verified third parties like SeatGeek and Stubhub.
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