2023 NBA Finals Schedule: When Does Championship Series Start?

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With the Denver Nuggets sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, and the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics series at a Game 6, we’ll know very soon which teams will compete in the 2023 NBA Finals. Here’s everything you need to know about the championship round, including the full 2023 NBA Finals schedule, how to watch, and title odds.

In the East, Jimmy Butler and the Heat hold a 3-2 lead over the Celtics and and are one game away from a return to the Finals from three years ago. Out West, Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets clinched their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history with a win over the Lakers in Game 4 of the West Finals.

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When do 2023 NBA Finals Start?

Game 1 of the championship matchup is slated for Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC, with each succeeding contest taking place either two or three days after the previous one. The Finals could end as early as Game 4 on June 9 or as late as Game 7 (hopefully) on June 18.

Here are dates, times, and TV schedules for all possible games in the Finals:

  • Game 1: Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET on (ABC)
  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 4: Friday, June 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 5: Monday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)*
  • Game 6: Thursday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)*
  • Game 7: Sunday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ET (ABC)*

*If necessary

Who Will Have Home-Court Advantage in NBA Finals?

Home-court advantage gets awarded to the team with the best regular-season record. That’s different from the first three rounds of the playoffs, where the higher seed gets the advantage.

The schedule is set for the 2023 NBA Finals, where the East and West champs will battle for the Larry O’Brien Trophy (photo by: lev radin)

This year, the Celtics (57-25) have the best record of the three remaining teams, so they’d enjoy home-court advantage over the Nuggets. Of course, coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to beat Miami is unlikely, and the Nuggets (53-29) would have home-court advantage against the Heat (44-38) in the Finals.

NBA Finals Betting History

Recent history shows that the NBA Finals feature both lopsided and closely contested matchups. Take a look at the pre-NBA Finals series odds (per BetMGM Sportsbook) from the last 15 seasons:

SeasonWestern ChampionOdds Entering FinalsEastern ChampionOdds Entering Finals
2021-22Golden State Warriors-145Boston Celtics+125
2020-21Phoenix Suns-180Milwaukee Bucks+160
2019-20Los Angeles Lakers-350Miami Heat+290
2018-19Golden State Warriors-270Toronto Raptors+230
2017-18Golden State Warriors-1075Cleveland Cavaliers+688
2016-17Golden State Warriors-300Cleveland Cavaliers+250
2015-16Golden State Warriors-220Cleveland Cavaliers+180
2014-15Golden State Warriors-220Cleveland Cavaliers+190
2013-14San Antonio Spurs-155Miami Heat+135
2012-13San Antonio Spurs+180Miami Heat-220
2011-12Oklahoma City Thunder-175Miami Heat+155
2010-11Dallas Mavericks+155Miami Heat-175
2009-10Los Angeles Lakers-190Boston Celtics+160
2008-09Los Angeles Lakers-280Orlando Magic+240
2007-08Los Angeles Lakers-180Boston Celtics+160

NBA Finals Odds

Denver is the odds-on favorite to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Here are the latest NBA Finals odds, courtesy of the best US sports betting apps (as of May 27):

Average Odds
Chance of Winning
7 Day Change
14 Day Change
21 Day Change
DEN Nuggets
-130 -125 -130 -152 -125 -132 56.89% -16.52% 27.12% 38.28%
BOS Celtics
+130 +125 +130 +125 +120 +126 44.26% 37.64% -5.02% 6.63%
MIA Heat
+1300 +1400 +1400 +1600 +1300 +1400 6.70% -20.33% 0.15% 1.07%

NBA Finals Schedule — Frequently Asked Questions

What dates are the NBA Finals games?

No matter when the conference championships end, Game 1 of the NBA Finals is schedule for Thursday, June 1. If the series goes the distance, Game 7 would be played in Sunday, June 18.

Is the NBA Finals schedule out?

Yes, the NBA already released the dates and times for the NBA Finals series in June.

How can I watch the NBA Finals?

The 2023 NBA Finals will primarily be televised on ABC, but you can also watch the games on ESPN+, and you can listen to them on ESPN Radio.

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Cyrus Eshaghoff

Cyrus Eshaghoff

Cyrus Eshaghoff is a New York-based sports betting writer at Gaming Today who covers the UFC, NFL, and NBA. Whether it's heated debates or uncovering statistical insights, he loves discussing (and writing about) sports.

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