Top 5 Free Apps for Following the NBA Playoffs

Top 5 Free Apps for Following the NBA Playoffs

In a separate post I've given you all the details about watching the NBA playoffs on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. In this post I list the top five free apps you can use to follow the NBA playoffs, including live scores, notifications, news, and more.

1. NBA

NBA, the official app of the NBA, lets you instantly check live scores and see the schedules of upcoming games. You can set a range of alerts, including threshold alerts that let you know when your favorite players break personal records, as well as game alerts. You can customize the app for your favorite teams and watch recap videos. There's also a version for Apple Watch.

2. theScore

theScore covers all sports and offers customizable scores, stats, news, alerts, and more. It includes a version for Apple Watch. You can get real-time player alerts during games as well as breaking news alerts. A wide variety of notifications are available for your favorite leagues, teams, and players. The MyScore feature lets you create a personalized news stream, and Trending News gives you the major headlines.

3. Team Stream

Team Stream is an offering of the Bleacher Report, a website that aggregates scores, stories, pictures, and videos from across the web. You can customize it according to your favorite teams as well as customize alerts. Social networking features include easy posting to Twitter, Facebook, groups, email, or text. It's a top app for breaking sports news. There's also a version of the app for Apple Watch.


ESPN claims to be the number one sports app, and certainly it has a lot to offer, including up-to-the-minute scores, news, video highlights, and live video and audio streaming. As explained in my other post, you can watch ESPN broadcasts via this app if you're a cable subscriber or if you subscribe to Sling TV. The app covers a wide range of sports and lets you customize your feed according to your favorite leagues and teams. You can also receive alerts related to the latest scores and news. Like the others, ESPN also has an app for the Apple Watch.

5. Twenty Four

Twenty Four, unlike the others here, doesn't have versions tailored for the iPad and Apple Watch. But it does have unique features that include story-telling game graphs that give you an overview at a glance, as well as box scores that display players in order of efficiency and game contribution. It also includes news feeds and notifications. 

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.