We probably should have seen this coming. The Golden State Warriors have absolutely dominated the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. They have one giant foot in the NBA Finals - surely they can't be stopped now, can they? You can find out by watching a Warriors vs Trail Blazers live stream of every game with this handy guide for how to watch from anywhere on Earth.
NBA Western Conference Finals 2019 - when and where
The best of seven series between the Western Conference teams - Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers - takes place between the two cities, two games at a time starting at the Warriors' Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Games are spaced two days apart, with the first on Tuesday, May 14. Tip off for every game is at 6pm local time (so 9pm ET, 2am BST), with the winner progressing through to the 2019 NBA Finals.
So there's no doubt that the Warriors go into this seven-game NBA playoffs series as overwhelming favorites. Having won three of the last four NBA championships, they need very little introduction. One glance at their roster demonstrates the sheer talent on show: Curry, Furant, Iguodala, Livingston. And all helmed by future Hall-of Famer Steve Kerr. They'll take some beating in the Western Conference Finals.
But perhaps the Portland Trail Blazers really is the franchise to do it, having reached this stage for the first time in nearly 20 years. They squeezed unexpectedly past the Denver Nuggets in the conference semi-finals after dismantling the Oklahoma City Thunder. They'll be looking towards shooting guard CJ McCollum and center Enes Kanter to deliver some more big games if they want to overcome those Warriors.
Whether you’re rooting for Golden State or Portland, we'll show you how to tune into all the action either on your TV or online. Keep reading to see how you can stream Warriors vs Trail Blazers in the 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals live online.
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How to watch the 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals online from outside your country
If you're in the US, UK or Australia and are keen to get a live stream of the Warriors vs Trail Blazers games then scroll down this page a little as we take you through your options (whether or not you have cable).
But if you're abroad and you try to watch your domestic NBA coverage then you'll be out of luck due to geo-blocking by broadcasters. That means you can't watch unless you're in your home country. But before you head off to find some dodgy Reddit stream, we'd recommend instead using a VPN - or Virtual Private Network - that will enable you to alter your IP address to one in your home country. The process is very straightforward…
Having tested and reviewed over 100 VPN services, we're confident in rating ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It supports most streaming services, is super secure and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:
1. Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee) This is the #1 rated best VPN in the world right now. You can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets etc. You can try it out for a month for free and, if you like it, get 15 months for the price of 12. Check out Express VPN
2. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great, affordable choice for streaming
3. IPVanish: supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go
- Read more: Our guide to the best VPN service of 2019
From there, you simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do. Choose any country showing a Playoffs live stream and watch as if you were in that country.
Watch the NBA Western Conference Finals on TV in the US
Avoid the NBA blackout with a VPN
Catching NBA games in the US without cable is no straightforward task. That's because the NBA agrees to exclusive rights for certain stations that even streaming services aren't allowed to broadcast as the action happens. You have to settle to watch the game when it’s replayed.
But using a VPN is a handy way around this. Grab one of our recommend VPNs above, log in and connect to a server outside the blackout region and you're ready to watch some basketball. This was you can watch all games in the NBA Playoffs as they happen live from anywhere in the world.
If you've already signed up for an NBA League Pass then we're afraid that won't help you get a live stream of Warriors vs Trail Blazers. It isn't showing any NBA Playoffs games live online. The best it can do is to show the games on replay three hours after they air on TV.
The broadcaster that has the exclusive rights to show it is ESPN. Or, if you're a cable cutter then you could opt for a sports streaming service instead, giving you access to ESPN without the long tie-in. What's more, every services below also come with some kind of free trial.
- Hulu with Live TV $44.99 per month
- Playstation Vue starting at $44.99 per month
- DirecTV Now $50 per month
- Sling TV starting at $15 per month
- YouTube TV $49.99 per month
How to watch the Trail Blazers vs Warriors in the UK
Basketball fans in the UK will be able to tune into Western Conference Finals games on Sky Sports. The service will air the Warriors vs Trail Blazers series at 2am BST - good luck staying up for those!
If you’re not already a Sky Sports subscriber and don’t feel like paying for the service just to watch the NBA Playoffs, don’t worry as you can buy a daily, weekly or even monthly Sky Sports Pass on Now TV. This will allow you to watch the NBA Playoffs, NBA Finals and all other sports shown on Sky.
When it comes to streaming basketball online our first choice is NBA.com. With the NBA League Pass you you can watch hundreds of Live and On-Demand games on all of your favorite streaming devices including Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Playstation and even on mobile. It costs £39.99, and will give you access to all remaining NBA games live.
And if you find yourself outside the UK at any stage during the playoffs then don't forget that you can always use a VPN to change your IP address back to the UK and watch any of these streaming services as if you were back at home.
How to get an NBA live stream in Australia
The Western Conference games are due to start at 11am AET in Australia, so ideal if you want to get an NBA live stream around your lunch break.
If you have Fox Sports, then you'll want to turn to channel 508 for the ESPN channel where each game will be streaming (for both conferences).
If it's a phone or laptop you'd sooner watch from, then there's the ESPN Player instead. Or you can live stream NBA action via the Kayo Sports streaming service, which features no lock-in contracts and also includes access to over 50 sports, both live and on demand.
Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.
The Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports apps means you can access this from your chosen device wherever you are (although you'll need a VPN if you're taking that abroad).