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Watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals Without Pay TV

For the first time ever, the Toronto Raptors are conference champs and on their way to the NBA championship. Meanwhile, the Warriors are going in for their fifth straight appearance in the Finals.

Game 1 will be full of excitement as the Warriors meet the Raptors in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena. Here’s all the info you need to watch the start of the NBA Finals as a cord cutter.

Game 1: Warriors vs Raptors

When: Thursday, May 30th at 9pm ET

Where: ABC

Watch with an Antenna

An antenna is the easiest, cheapest way to watch live broadcast TV. You can get major networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and more all for free with an over-the-air antenna. Which means to watch Game 1, all you need is an antenna to tune into the start of the NBA Finals on ABC. Before you buy an antenna, be sure to use Mohu’s channel scan tool to see which model will work best in your area.

Watch via Streaming

Note: Try a free trial of these streaming services before you commit to a monthly subscription!


Sling is currently offering a discount on their streaming packages, starting at $15/month. Before you subscribe, check that you are in area that gets the ABC live stream.


DirecTV NOW has packages starting at $50 a month and is another streaming option with access to ABC in certain markets.

YouTube TV

For $50 a month, YouTube TV has live local channels available in select areas, including ABC.