Tonight, the 1-seed Cleveland Cavaliers will face off against the 2-seed Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Even though these are the top two teams in the East, the Cavs are a massive -1600 favorite to win this best-of-seven series. Cleveland has looked terrific in the postseason, going a perfect 8-0 and sweeping the Pistons and Hawks.
Two of the biggest reasons for the Cavs’ success this postseason are being healthy and knocking down threes. Dating back to last year, Cleveland is now 12-0 in the playoffs when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love play together. Through the first eight games of this postseason, the Cavs have shot a blistering 46.2% from three-point range. In Game 2 of their Semifinal series with Atlanta, the Cavs set an NBA record by making 25 three-pointers (SB Nation).
While the Cavs have been dominant up to this point, the Raptors have had to scratch and claw their way to the Eastern Conference Finals. They went the distance in both of their playoff matchups, outlasting the Pacers in the Quarterfinals and the Heat in the Semifinals in two grueling seven-game series.
On a positive note, the Raptors did go 2-1 against the Cavs during the regular season, and Kyle Lowry is coming off two monster games. In Games 6 and 7 against Miami, Lowry scored a combined 71 points on 49% shooting from the floor, 67% shooting from three-point range, and 81% shooting from the free-throw line.
Now that the stage has been set, let’s break down all the ways you can watch Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 1 Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Spread: Cavaliers -11, O/U 201.5
Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 1 Live Stream Online Options
Your two best bets for watching Game 1 via a live stream are WatchESPN and Sling TV. If you already have a cable or satellite provider, you can watch the game online at ESPN. You just need your log-in and password information and you’re good to go.
You can also roll with Sling TV for tonight’s game. Their Best of Live TV package costs $20 a month and it includes access to ESPN. If that’s too rich for your blood, you can try out Sling TV with a free 7-day trial.
Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 1 on Phone, Tablet & Other Devices
If you can’t watch tonight’s game on your TV or computer, the Worldwide Leader has you covered with the WatchESPN app. Click here to browse all the ways you can watch LeBron James get his revenge on Kyle Lowry for this subtle diss.
Sling TV subscribers can use their Sling TV app to watch tonight’s game on a plethora of options such as phones, tablets, and XBox Ones if you’re not too busy dominating 14-year-olds in FIFA. You can check out their full list of devices here.