How to watch NBA Finals 2024: live stream Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks game 5 online

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The equation is simple: one more win for the Boston Celtics hands the franchise an unprecedented 18th NBA championship, or – whisper it quietly – the Dallas Mavericks do what no other team has ever done and come back from 3-0 down in an NBA Finals series. Either way, history is waiting to be made and we have all the information you need to watch NBA Finals live streams of the Celtics vs Mavericks, with Sling TV showing every minute in the US.

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Dates: June 6-23 (schedule below)
US TV channels: ABC/ESPN3
US streaming: 50% off Sling TV
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NBA Finals 2024 preview: Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks

Each having made it through to the Finals in relative comfort – the Celtics lost only two games on the way through the postseason, to the Mavs' five – it now comes down to a best-of-7 series.

Brad Stevens's Boston side started as favorites, having booked their NBA playoffs spot way back on March 14 and confident of ending their 16-year hoodoo. Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porziņģis started things off in the perfect way for the Celtics, each recording 20 points in a crushing game 1 win at TD Garden by 107 to 89. Game 2 was an edgier affair – although still a comfortable 105-98 win – with the Celtics holding back a ferocious Mavs comeback to take game 3 by seven.

But the Mavs made a hot start in the now-or-never game 4 and never looked back. With 20+ points for Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving and contributions from around the roster, a 38-point win was just what the doctor ordered. It still seems an impossible feat for Luka Magic and co, as the Slovenian superstar looks to drag his side back into contention in a summer that also features a qualification games for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Can he do the impossible and turn around the 3-0 deficit?

Whether you're a b-ball nut or a casual fan, the NBA Finals are an annual cause to flick on the action and watch the threes rain down. To see how the Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks series plays out, be sure to follow our guide to watch NBA Finals 2024 live streams – no matter where you are in the world.

Watch NBA Finals 2024 in the US

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It's ABC's turn to broadcast the NBA Finals in 2024, which means that anybody who can pick up the station through their TV aerial can watch the Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks series absolutely free. You'll find the full schedule below.

Alternatively, all of the NBA Finals games in 2024 will also be on ESPN3.

Stream live: US viewers at home can get all of the NBA Final live streams without signing up to a cable TV package or buying an aerial. Sling TV Orange is a great option as it includes ESPN3, which is simulcasting all seven games. Prices start from $40 per month and new users get 50% off their first month.

If you prefer the channel line-up on Sling TV Blue and you live in one of the markets in which ABC is covered, that's priced exactly the same.

In addition to your laptop , smartphone or tablet, you can also watch live Sling TV streams on the likes of AirTV, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Tivi, Vizio and select Smart TVs.

Watch NBA Finals on Sling TV: 50% off deal

Watch NBA Finals on Sling TV: 50% off deal
With the NBA Finals being simulcast between ABC and ESPN3 in the US, Sling TV makes a great value OTT option for cord cutters. ABC is available on its Blue plan in select cities, while ESPN3 is included in the 30+ channel line-up of its Orange plan.

Sling plans usually costs from $40 per month, but you can get your first month half-price right now.

NBA Finals 2024: next game details

Game 5Celtics (3) at Mavericks (1)
Monday, June 17
8.30pm ET / 3.30pm PT / 1.30am BST / 10.30 am AEST (Tue)

Watch NBA Finals 2024 from anywhere

If you're overseas when the NBA Finals 2024 are on, you'll find that your usual streaming service will be blocked. But you can get round that problem with a VPN – software that makes it appear as if you're in an entirely different country.

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Watch NBA Finals 2024 worldwide

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How to watch NBA Finals 2024 in Canada


TSN has the rights to show NBA Finals 2024 in Canada – you can see the times to tune-in on the schedule above.

So if you get TSN as part of your cable package, you can watch on TV or log in with your cable details to watch NBA live streams online.

Alternatively for cable cutters, TSN+ is also showing the action. It costs just $8 a month or, until July 2, you can get 50% off its annual plan and pay only $40. It carries all TSN live sports that you can access on the likes of web browsers, smartphones, tablets, select Smart TVs, Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xbox.

You can also watch post-season games with the NBA League Pass, which costs from $19.99 per month and you can cancel any time.

If you already subscribe to any of these services but find yourself outside Canada while the NBA Finals are on, then you could always download a VPN and watch as if you were back at home.

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How to watch NBA Finals 2024 in the UK

TNT Sports

TNT Sports is the primary rights holder for NBA basketball in the UK, and it will broadcast all Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks games live in the early hours together with highlight shows during the day.

You can also watch using a Discovery+ Premium pass for £30.99, for access to 30 days of TNT Sports.

Alternatively, die-hard fans might want to check out NBA League Pass, which currently starts from £29.99 and will unlock access to every single remaining NBA game of the 2023-24 season.

Outside the UK? To access the TNT Sports streaming from abroad, you’ll need to download a good VPN, as detailed above.

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How to watch NBA Finals 2024 live streams in Australia

ESPNFoxtel Now

You can watch live Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks games Down Under on ESPN, which can also be live-streamed via Foxtel Now

However, a much more cost-efficient alternative to Foxtel is the excellent sports streaming platform Kayo Sports.

Kayo lets you stream on one device with its One plan for just $25 a month. Or upgrade to two devices with Basic plan for $35 a month. And, if you've never used the service before, there's a limited-time offer on right now where you can get your first month absolutely free!

Games tip-off at 10.30am each morning on the day after the dates listed above (except Sunday games in the US, which start at 10am on Monday morning Down Under).

Not in Australia right now? Use a VPN if you're away from home, in order to tap into your domestic coverage.

NBA Finals 2024 schedule and start times

Game 1 – Thursday, June 6
Mavericks 89-107 Celtics

Game 2 – Sunday, June 9
Mavericks 98- 105 Boston

Game 3 – Wednesday, June 12
Celtics 106-99 Mavericks

Game 4 – Friday, June 14
Celtics 84-122 Mavericks

Game 5 – Monday, June 17
Mavericks at Celtics, 8.30pm ET / 3.30pm PT / 1.30am BST

Game 6* – Thursday, June 20
Celtics at Mavericks, 8.30pm ET / 3.30pm PT / 1.30am BST

Game 7* – Sunday, June 23
Mavericks at Boston, 8pm ET / 3pm PT / 1am BST

* If required

Adam Marshall

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