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How to stream the first Los Angeles Lakers game since Kobe’s passing

As Los Angeles mourns an icon, LeBron's Lakers return to the court.


Jaime Carrillo


Posted on Jan 31, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 4:35 pm CDT

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers live stream

  • When: 10:30pm ET, Friday, Jan. 31
  • Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Streaming: ESPN

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter accident. Eight others, including his teen daughter Gianna, also perished in the crash. The 41-year-old NBA star’s death shocked the sporting world-at-large.

Now, his shadow casts over the Los Angeles Lakers as LeBron James and the team, who were close with the retired Bryant, return to action for the first time since the tragedy. The Staples Center in L.A. will be emotional for a regular-season game, against the Portland Trailblazers, which will surely be an after-thought to the planned tributes.

James has already dedicated the season to Bryant, and Friday becomes a can’t-miss event. Here’s how to live stream the action without cable.

How to stream Lakers vs. Trail Blazers live

The following services offer a one-week trial and a chance to watch sports throughout the year—and all have ESPN.

1) Hulu with Live TV

watch lakers vs Trail Blazers live stream on Hulu with Live TV
  • Cost: $54.95 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.


2) Sling TV

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For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.


3) AT&T TV Now

watch lakers vs Trail Blazers live stream on AT&T TV Now
  • Cost: $50-$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)

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


4) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a great option for college football: Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, and ESPNU are all here and offer a nearly 360 programming platter of action. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)



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*First Published: Jan 31, 2020, 4:17 pm CST