2023 NBA Finals: Schedule, how to watch and other FAQ

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Nikola Jokic sets a playoff triple-double record with an assist to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as the Nuggets take their first lead over the Lakers. (0:28)

The 2023 NBA Finals are here!

In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets completed an impressive four-game sweep of LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the first Finals trip for Denver.

The Miami Heat prevented being on the wrong side of history -- no NBA team has ever blown a 3-0 series lead -- topping the Boston Celtics in Game 7 following three straight Celtics wins to tie the series.

The Finals begin June 1 on ABC and ESPN+. Here's what you need to know about the NBA's championship round, including full schedules, how to watch and title odds and predictions.

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NBA Finals schedule

The Finals, like all four rounds of the NBA playoffs, are a best-of-seven series, as has been the case since 2003. The Finals will feature a 2-2-1-1-1 format, with the team with the better record hosting Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 and the other team hosting Games 3, 4 and 6.

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

*if necessary

All NBA Finals games will air on ABC, ESPN+ and ESPN Radio. Get ESPN+ today!

Which team will have home-court advantage in the NBA Finals?

Here is a look at the Finals matchup, followed by which team would hold home-court advantage in each:

  • The Denver Nuggets have home-court advantage over the Miami Heat.

Final 2022-23 NBA regular-season standings

Which team left standing has the most trips to the NBA Finals?

Here is a look at how the Nuggets and Heat have fared in past trips to the Finals:

  • The Nuggets have reached their first Finals.

  • The Heat have reached their seventh Finals, with three wins -- the most recent coming in 2013.

Which team has the best odds at the NBA title?

Here are the latest odds for NBA champion, according to Caesars Sportsbook (odds as of May 29):

  • Denver -380

  • Miami +300