NBA Finals 2021: How to watch, stream Bucks vs. Suns Game 5 tonight on ABC

By Eli Blumenthal

The 2021 NBA playoffs are quickly reaching the end of the road. After an exciting regular season and upset-filled postseason, Saturday night brings Game 5 of the last series of 2020-21 basketball, as the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals on ABC. Thanks to live TV streaming services, you won't need a cable subscription to watch this year's finals. 

So far, the series has gone the way of the home teams. The Suns handled business with two wins on their home floor to open the series, while the Bucks won Games 3 and 4 at home in Milwaukee. The action shifts back to Phoenix for Game 5, with tipoff for tonight's contest scheduled for 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) on ABC. 

Here's everything you need to know to stream the action, no cable required.


Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks will look to open up a 3-2 series lead when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

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What's the schedule for the NBA Finals?

The 2021 NBA playoffs started May 22, and the 2021 NBA Finals started on July 6. As in past years, each playoff series requires four games to win and runs up to seven games. The Suns have the home-court advantage due to their superior regular-season record.

Here's the schedule for the NBA Finals, via

Saturday, July 17 (Game 5)

  • Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ABC (Series tied 2-2)

Tuesday, July 20 (Game 6)

  • Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ABC

Thursday, July 22 (Game 7, if necessary)

  • Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ABC

How can I watch the NBA Finals on TV live without cable?

Nearly all of the five major live TV streaming services offer ABC (all but Sling TV), but not every service carries your local ABC station, so check the links below to make sure it's available in your area. Sling, to its credit, will be simulcasting the ABC games on ESPN3, so you will be able to stream the games on its service.

Our top picks? For the most complete option -- and a better app -- check out YouTube TV. If you want to get all the games for the cheapest rate, Sling TV is the pick. 

Since the games will all air on ABC, if you don't want to use a streaming service you can order an antenna and catch the games that way. 

Are fans allowed at the games?

Whereas the 2020 playoffs took place in a Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida, the NBA has played its 2020-21 season in regular arenas with fans increasingly coming back to stadiums as local COVID-19 restrictions have eased. Fans are allowed at playoff games this year, and both the Bucks and the Suns will welcome near-capacity crowds for the Finals.