We’re on to the conference semi-finals in the 2020 NBA playoffs where defending champs and No. 2 seeded Toronto meet No. 3 seed Boston in a best-of-seven series. It’s the match-up both sets of fans and any right-minded neutral wants to see, with the winner expected to meet the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals. Follow our guide to watch a Celtics vs Raptors live stream and catch all the 2020 NBA playoff action online this week from anywhere today.
Celtics vs Raptors live stream
Game 1 of the Celtics vs Raptors is on Sunday, August 30 and the two teams play every other day in this best-of-seven series, which will last until at least September 5 (game 4) and no longer than September 11 (game 7, if necessary). Full TV and streaming details are below – and you can enjoy your preferred coverage wherever you are with ExpressVPN – get 3-months FREE with this deal.
Tonight’s opening tip-off is a delayed one, after player representatives from both teams and around the league agreed to boycott a number of games in protest at the shooting of 29-year-old African-American Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police. Now, the most eagerly anticipated series of the 2020 NBA playoffs so far is set to go ahead.
Both teams are fresh of 4-0 series sweeps in the first round of this year’s playoffs – but both were also made to sweat at times by their opponents. In particular, all eyes will be on budding Celtics star Jayson Tatum and his match-up against Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry. Tatum comes into game 1 today having just enjoyed an average line of 27 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists against the 76ers last round, off the back of 48.7% shooting from the field and 45.2% from deep.
Lowry was generally used to guard the Boston marksman during their regular season encounters, which saw the Celtics win three of a possible four, including an early-August game in the NBA’s Orlando bubble. During these games, Tatum shot an even more impressive 63.6% when matched up against Lowry, who’s nursing an ankle sprain heading into the series. The ideal foil to Tatum could therefore be British star OG Anunoby going forward, and it’ll be interesting to see how often Toronto manage to get their preferred defensive match up.
It’s also set to be a fascinating battle on clipboard, as the Raptors’ newly anointed NBA Coach of the Year, Nick Nurse, comes up against one of basketball’s other great minds in C’s coach Brad Stevens. Both are known for their adeptness at making on-the-fly adjustments, so this is a series you can’t afford to miss – and you don’t have to. Read on as we explain how to watch the Celtics vs Raptors online and get an NBA live stream from anywhere today.
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How to watch the 2020 NBA playoffs from abroad
You may not be able to watch the Celtics vs Raptors series using your usual cable TV or streaming service, due to coverage blackout rules in the US or international geo-blocking restrictions.
When this is is the case, the simplest and most reliable solution is to use a VPN service, which masks your IP address – and therefore your location – when you visit a website. On top of that, it gives you the ability to reroute your device’s internet connection through a server in a different country or state, thereby getting you access to coverage that might not otherwise be available – even though you probably pay for it.
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Celtics vs Raptors live stream: how to watch game 1 of the NBA playoff series in the US
The Celtics vs Raptors semi-final series is being shown nationally, with games therefore possible on ESPN, TNT and ABC. Game 1 is on ESPN with tip-off scheduled for 1pm ET / 10am PT.
If you don’t have cable, then you’ll need to look at accessing these channels another way – namely, via an over-the-top streaming service service. Of these, Sling TV is easily your best option.
A Sling Orange package costs just $30 a month and gets you both TNT and ESPN, meaning you’re covered for six out of the potential seven games of the series – plus there’s currently a FREE Sling TV trial up for grabs, which means you’ll be able to watch a couple of Celtics vs Raptors games without dropping a dime.
Or if you’re not too happy about picking up a Sling TV subscription just for sports, you can grab an NBA TV Pass for just $6.99 a month of $19.99 annually. This will get you coverage of all nationally televised games for a great price – but it is subject to blackout restrictions for in-market games when they apply.
However, you can get around this by grabbing a quality VPN if you live in the same area your favorite team is based.
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Celtics vs Raptors live stream: how to watch NBA playoff basketball in the UK
If you’re in the UK, then Sky Sports is the home of everything NBA and is airing a game a night during the first round of the 2020 playoffs. The channel is operated by Sky, but you can also watch these channels with BT and Virgin Media TV packages.
For Celtics and Raptors fans, you should enjoy plenty of coverage of the series on Sky – but unfortunately, game 1 (tip-off Sunday, August 30) at 6pm BST) isn’t being shown.
The series is almost certain to get a good amount of air time, though – and there are more cost effective options than signing up for the full commitment of a Sky contract so you don’t feel like every game that’s left out is stopping you from getting a mortgage.
A Now TV Sky Sports Pass offers all 11 Sky Sports channels to watch and can be cancelled at any time. As well as the NBA, there’s also loads of football, cricket, golf, and F1 action, with pricing that starts at £9.99 for a day’s use – but we’d highly recommend the better value Monthly Pass for the majority of viewers. £33.99 gets you coverage of the rest of the season as well as early playoff games as well as the full month of content from other sports as well.
If you’re really only interested in an NBA live stream, you could also consider an NBA League Pass, which is an all-in-one subscription that offers every game left in the season on a range of devices. An annual pass comes in at £42.99, which is far better value than the £24.99 monthly pass, but you can also grab a seven day free trial if you’re just looking to watch a Celtics vs Raptors live steam.
If you’re looking to watch Celtics vs Raptors from abroad, you might be geo-blocked out of some of these viewing options. Using a reliable VPN can easily get around this so you can get back to the game.
How to watch the Celtics vs Raptors: live stream the 2020 NBA playoffs in Canada
TSN is the place to turn for coverage of game 1 of this Eastern Conference semi-final series between the Celtics and Raptors.
With TSN widely available on cable, catching the NBA online shouldn’t be difficult for these Canadian viewers – simply enter the details of your TV provider into the network’s website to watch.
However, if you don’t subscribe through cable TV, you can also use TSN Direct, with a $19.99 monthly subscription cost.
You’ll also be able to watch the Celtics vs Raptors online with NBA League Pass, but Raptors games are subject blackouts. That’s not an insurmountable problem, however, as with a VPN can easily swap your location so you can still live stream it all.
All times are the same as in the US as per the schedule above.
Celtics vs Raptors live stream: how to watch the 2020 NBA playoffs online in Australia
There are two options for Australian viewers wanting to tune in to the 2019/20 NBA regular season restart.
The first is through cable and, more specifically, Foxtel. It offers ESPN, which is the home of NBA basketball Down Under, but will require you to commit to a contract.
If that’s not for you, then excellent value streaming service Kayo Sports also has you covered for all things ESPN and can be cancelled at any time – so we’d recommend looking into this option first.
Costing either $25 or $35 monthly, it’s far cheaper than Foxtel and you can grab a 14-day FREE TRIAL to test it out. Perhaps best of all, a single subscription can be used simultaneously across multiple devices, meaning you can share one with family or friends and pay less.
Coverage of this week’s Celtics vs Raptors NBA playoffs series isn’t confirmed for ESPN/Kayo yet, likely due to the disruption in the schedule – we suspect most games will get coverage (potentially with the exception of game 1) but fans of the two teams wanting to be 110% sure can always grab an NBA League Pass.
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors: Eastern Conference semi-final schedule and TV channels
Here’s how the Boston vs Toronto series looks this August and September.
- Game 1: Sunday, August 30 at 1pm ET/10am PT on ESPN
- Game 2: Tuesday, September 1 – TBD
- Game 3: Thursday, September 3 – TBD
- Game 4: Saturday, September 5 – TBD
- Game 5*: Monday, September 7 – TBD (*if necessary)
- Game 6*: Wednesday, September 9 – TBD (*if necessary)
- Game 7*: Friday, September 11 – TBD (*if necessary)
NBA League Pass: the best way to live stream the NBA online?
If you’ve been shopping for ways to pick up a Celtics vs Raptors live stream online, then you’ve likely come across the NBA League Pass. As the league’s official streaming service, it offers coverage of plenty of games and is available all around the world.
However, if you’re in the US, you’ll find a reduced-price subscription now available for $28.99. The caveat is that it doesn’t include any nationally televised games. That means you’ll still have to turn to ESPN, ABC, NBA TV or TNT.
The solution? Adding an NBA TV subscription to your account (available for $19.99) will give you access to full coverage, or you can bundle League Pass Premium with an NBA TV package for $59.98 for every game in all its commercial-free glory.
However, in the case of the playoffs, an NBA TV subscription alone will cover you for most games in the US, due to some clever scheduling by those in charge.
Note that NBA League Pass and NBA TV subscriptions are subject to blackout rules, meaning that if you live in the same area as your favorite team, you won’t be able to watch them – unless you utilize the VPN workaround as explained above, of course.
NBA League Pass is an international service, so you’ll be able to find different packages to suit international markets as well. In the UK, for example, a £42.99 annual fee gets you access to every remaining NBA game, without blackout restrictions or qualms over nationally televised broadcasts.
As ever, if you’re out of the country you subscribed to NBA League Pass in, it’s likely you can use a VPN to get around these restrictions – based on comprehensive testing, we rate ExpressVPN as the best and it offers a free trial so you can check it out, no strings attached.