NBA Finals Schedule and Dates – The Timeline of the 2023 Final Series

With the 2023 NBA Playoffs about to reach their crescendo, we give you the full schedule, dates, times and ways to view the destined-to-be historic 2023 NBA Finals. Will the rolling Denver Nuggets win their first-ever NBA Title, or will the Miami Heat cause another upset and become the first-ever 8th seed to lift the title? Here is how to make sure you don’t miss a thing of what promises to be first in history, one way or another NBA Finals.

NBA Finals Schedule

The NBA Finals Schedule

The 2023 NBA Finals begin in the early hours of Friday, June 02nd for the viewers in the UK and the rest of Europe (01:30 am). In America, the tip-off time for game 1 is 8:30 pm ET.

Once the games start rolling it won’t take more than 16 days, if the series goes all the way to game 7, before we know the name of our new NBA Champions. There is a pretty decent gap between all the matches of the Finals so the players will be able to rest and heal knocks and bruises better between matches. Here is a detailed look at all the dates and times you need to circle on your calendar.

The complete NBA Finals 2023 Schedule is as follows:

NBA Finals:

Game 1: Friday, June 02 at Denver, 01:30 a.m. GMT                   (Thursday, June 01, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Game 2: Monday, June 06 at Denver, 01:00 a.m. GMT               (Sunday, June 05, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Game 3: Thursday, June 8 at Miami, 01:30 a.m. GMT                 (Wednesday, June 07, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Game 4: Saturday, June 10 at Miami, 01:30 a.m. GMT                (Friday, June 09, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Game 5*: Tuesday, June 13 at Denver, 01:30 a.m. GMT               (Monday, June 12, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Game 6*: Friday, June 16 at Miami, 01:30 a.m. GMT                   (Thursday, June 16, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Game 7*: Monday, June 19 at Denver, 01:00 a.m. GMT               (Sunday, June 18, 8:00 p.m. ET)
*If necessary

How the Two Finalists Got There

The West was won for the first time in their franchise history by the number 1 seed Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets came into these playoffs as the most consistent team in the Western Conference with their 53-29 record. With Jokic averaging a triple double throughout the postseason, Murray scoring far more points than during the regulars season and the Nuggets having by far the strongest offence in the playoffs they steamrolled past the Timberwolves 4-1, then beat many’s big favourites the Phoenix Suns 4-2, before eventually lifting the Conference title in the most convincing of styles with a 4-0 sweep over the Lakers.

The other finalists the Miami Heat became only the second-ever 8th seed, the first being the 1999 New York Knicks, to reach the NBA Finals. The Heat started their postseason run in the play-in where they lost to the Atlanta Hawks and then narrowly edged the Chicago Bulls at home to sneak into the playoffs. The fairy tale began with a stunning 4-1 round 1 triumph over the much-fancied number 1 seed the Bucks. The Heat then beat the Knicks 4-2 and won the Eastern Conference after a 4-3 triumph vs the 2nd seed the Celtics. Miami did all that thanks to their excellent defence.

So, this coming clash for the title will see the best offence in the postseason, that will be the Nuggets, trying to crumble the best defensive team, the Heat. Who will prevail?

Where And How To Watch All The Action

We have detailed articles that give you all the viewing options in all English-speaking countries (the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia). However, here is a quick brief of the viewing opportunities out there.

The America-based viewers can see it all on TNT and ESPN. For the Canadians TSN and ABC will be the home for the NBA Finals. In the UK as always Sky Sports Main Events will be showing all matches live. The UK viewers also get an extra bonus as game 2 and the possible game 7 of the 2023 NBA Finals will be live-streamed for free on the Sky Sports YouTube channel. Australian fans can see it all on Foxtel and ESPN Australia.

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Iskra had a promising, at least she believed so, tennis and volleyball careers as a junior but a series of injuries ended her hopes to become a professional athlete very early.

Instead, she focused all her energy on her other passion, writing. For over a decade, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football, basketball and tennis are the main fields of her expertise.