The FA Cup may be over for now, but there’s plenty of American sport to feast your eyes on until later this year. After months of buildup, the NBA Finals are due to take place in June in the US, with the Cleveland Cavaliers going head-to-head with the Golden State Warriors over a series of matches. Also see: How to watch Stanley Cup Final ice hockey.

But how can you watch the NBA Finals if you’re in the UK? While the time difference is awkward, there are several ways for UK fans to watch the NBA Finals online. Read next: How to watch BBC iPlayer abroad.

NBA Finals UK dates and times

The NBA Finals are due to begin in the early hours of Friday 2 June 2017, and can end as late as the early hours of Monday 18 June 2017 after seven games, although that’s not guaranteed – the Finals can finish as early as Saturday 10 June 2017 after four games.

So, assuming there will be seven games, here’s when each will take place. The latter three matches marked in italics may not go ahead, depending on the results of the earlier games.

  • 2 June 2017, 2am BST: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
  • 5 June 2017, 1am BST: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
  • 8 June 2017, 2am BST: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 10 June 2017, 2am BST: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • *13 June 2017, 2am BST: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
  • *16 June 2017, 2am BST: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • *19 June 2017, 1am BST: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

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How to watch NBA Finals live online in the UK

So, how can you tune into the NBA Finals action from the comfort of your home in the UK? The best option is to use BT Sport, available via not only BT TV but also via Your Sky TV, the BT Sport website and the BT Sport app available for iOS and Android. The catch? It’s a paid subscription, so those interested in watching the NBA Finals via BT Sport will have to fork out for a subscription.

But what about if you don’t want to pay for access to BT Sport?

There’s also a service called the NBA League Pass, allowing NBA fans worldwide to keep up-to-date on all the latest Basketball-related action. Those interested can head over to the NBA website and pick up a monthly subscription for £19.99, or a single game for £7.99. Oh, and those that use discount code PLAYOFFS20 get 20 percent off any subscription too!

Alternatively, you could try to access the NBA Finals via the Watch ESPN website, but it requires a paid cable TV subscription to do so. If you have contacts in the US that are happy to share login details with you then great!

Once you’ve acquired a login from a US friend, chances are you’ll need a VPN to access the service – we recommend Pure VPN, but you can read more about VPNs and choose one from our selection of the best VPNs here.

If you haven’t got any US-based contacts willing to share cable login details with you, the only option left is to find a stream online. While we don’t encourage watching pirated content as it’s in breach of the copyright holder’s rights, those interested in finding a stream of the NBA Finals can do so via forum-based websites like Reddit.

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