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How to Stream Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers live

The Lakers and Clippers meet in what could be an epic playoff series preview.

Mar 12, 2020, 1:00 pm*

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  • When: 3:30pm ET, Sunday, March 8
  • Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Broadcast: ABC
  • Streaming Services: Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, Vidgo, YouTube TV
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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Preview

Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers play “host” to the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers in a Sunday afternoon clash at the Staples Center – an arena the franchises share in downtown Los Angeles.

On Friday night, the Lakers earned a 113-103 win over the visiting, league-leading Milwaukee Bucks. LeBron James got the upper hand on reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, scoring 37 points on 12-of-21 shooting. He also had eight rebounds and eight assists. Anthony Davis, who suffered from foul trouble early, added 25 of his 30 points in a dominant second half. He also led the Lakers with nine rebounds. 

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James, who is making headway in the race for this season’s MVP award, got even with Antetokounmpo, who bested him earlier in the season. Of course, the Lakers would not meet the Bucks until the Finals, which makes getting past the Clippers–who they have not beaten this seasom–their more immediate objective.

The Clippers remain the pundits’ favorite to win the title, given the quality and depth of the lineup, especially with the additions of Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson on the bench.

The Clips currently lead the season series against their division rival, first notching a 112-102 win against the Lakers on opening night without Paul George. Then, the Clippers managed a tight 111-106 victory on Christmas, this time with George in the lineup. Leonard led with 35 points, once again outplaying both James and Davis.

Stream Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers live: How to watch NBA games online.

The matchup is on ABC and available through the following streaming services.

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1) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)


2) Sling TV

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Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, NBCSN, and local channels.

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Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, NBCSN, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here. Sling Blue also brings Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.

If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month. Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.

To add BeIN Sports and ESPN Deportes and maximize your sports-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month, but essentially includes NFL RedZone.)

Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7.

Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV allows you to stream NBA games without breaking the bank. 

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3) AT&T TV Now

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  • Cost: $65-$135 per month 
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
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AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC and Fox for football, NBCSN as well as FS1 and FS2 for soccer and college sports, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.

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4) Vidgo

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  • Cost: $14.99-24.99 or $39.99-$49.99 per month
  • Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
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Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports for sports fans. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickolodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.

College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks. 

If you just want your Vidgo en Español, it features programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain in two skinny packages. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN.

Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.

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5) YouTube TV

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Like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV offers just one package of channels, and it’s a stacked lineup for sports, with everything you need to stream NBA games. YouTube TV also includes FS1, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, and CBS Sports Network. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: What to watch for

This isn’t the be all, end all, since there is a fourth date between these teams at the tail of the season on April 9. But the reality is that is the Lakers can’t show they can beat the Clippers on Sunday, it’s going to put James and Davis in an uncomfortable position.

The Lakers lost out on Morris and Jackson, and were turned down by Darren Collison, who elected to remain retired. However, it would appear the reasoning is twofold. The Clippers’ depth and length seem a surer bet against any time they would play, including the Bucks in a potential Finals matchup.

The other is a bit more nuanced in that players (and owners) likely do not want to see Lebron James notch another title, his fourth, in a third uniform. It would be unprecedented and permanently lock James in with Michael Jordan for the argument in who’s been the greatest to ever play.

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Even more than that, a fourth title would reduce everyone in his era to a player in his personal story and brand, which Leonard and the Clippers (and the Bucks, Warriors, and the rest of the league) want no part in.

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*First Published: Mar 8, 2020, 8:46 am