The two best teams of the season, the first-placed Sydney Kings and last year’s champions Perth Wildcats, lock horns in a best-of-five series to decide who will take the NBL crown for 2019/20.
This The Roar’s handy guide to watching the NBL Grand Final series live on your TV, or streaming the match online using your device of choice.
The series will be decided in a best-of-five format, with matches alternating between the Kings’ home venue of Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, and the Wildcats’ RAC Arena in Perth.
Game 1 will be played in Sydney on Sunday, March 8; Game 2 in Perth on Friday, March 13; and Game 3 takes place in Sydney again on Sunday, March 15. If needed, Games 4 and 5 are scheduled for Friday, March 20 (Perth), and Sunday, March 22 (Sydney).
Having dominated the regular season, the Kings were pushed to the limit by Melbourne United in the best-of-three semi-finals series. They recovered from a nine-point three-quarter time deficit in Game 1 to snatch a 6-point win, before recovering from a Game 2 thumping to edge a controversial Game 3 by just two points.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats had no easier a time of things, knocking over the Cairns Taipans 2-1 with an 11-point Game 3 victory, after needing to go to overtime in a thrilling Game 1 that they clinched by a solitary point.
The Perth-based side are comfortably the most successful team in NBL history, having won a whopping nine titles since joining the league in 1982.
Viewers have two options to watch every minute of the series on TV. For free-to-air TV fans, SBS will be showing all three matches (or all five if required) live and free on SBS Viceland (channel 31).
Your other choice would be to watch the Foxtel stream on ESPN (channel 508). For this, you’ll need valid Foxtel subscription.
If you plan on streaming the series from your preferred device, you have several options. Probably the easiest is if you have a Kayo Sports subscription.
Kayo is a streaming service that gives you access to Foxtel sporting content on most devices including laptops and mobile phones for as low as $25 a month. If you don’t have a subscription, simply sign up (you may be eligible for a two-week free trial), open the Kayo app or head to the website depending on your device, and start streaming from the ESPN NBL Grand Final link.
If you don’t have Kayo, but do have a Foxtel subscription, you can access ESPN’s cooverage through theFoxtel GO app, or online at their website.
Finally, if you’re after a cheaper option, SBS will also be streaming the match online live and free. Head to the SBS On Demand website, create an account, and start watching!
Of course, our team here at The Roar will also be on hand with highlights and a live blog of every match in the series.