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How to stream tonight’s fire Lakers vs. Pelicans matchup

LeBron James has turned into the best point guard in the NBA.

Nov 27, 2019, 12:33 pm*

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Anthony Davis returns to the Big Easy on Wednesday as the NBA-best Los Angeles Lakers (15-2) take on the depleted New Orleans Pelicans (6-11) at the Smoothie King Center in downtown New Orleans.

After a slog of a season last year, Davis was eventually traded to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart. Davis, now teamed with LeBron James, appears to be on his desired championship path. However, Ingram, specifically, has become a burgeoning star in his own right, averaging 26.1 points per game–good for eighth in the league. 

Davis will likely be keyed up for the matchup, ready to show up and show out in front of the Pelicans fans and front office. James, however, will guide the Lakers, as the league’s best point guard. Not an unseen development given his passing talent (he leads the NBA in assists, at 11.0 per game) and ability to apply tremendous pressure on the guts of a defense. 

Here’s everything you need to know about streaming the action.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

  • When: 9:30pm ET, Wednesday, Nov. 27 
  • Where: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
  • Streaming: ESPN

How to stream NBA games: NBA League Pass

Real ballers splurge for NBA League Pass. The premium service lets you stream more NBA games than you could possibly count (basically everything that’s not already on national TV or subject to local blackouts). It’s a bit pricey, but you can save some money with NBA Team Pass, which follows the same broadcast restrictions but focuses on one specific team (all the games for the New York Knicks, for example). If you’re only interested in specific matchups, you can buy single NBA games, and new this year, you can purchase just the fourth quarter for $1.99. Both NBA League Pass and Team Pass also offer games in VR.

You can order NBA League Pass and NBA Team Pass online from NBA.com or as part of B/R Live or a Sling TV subscription. No matter which one you choose, it’s going to cost the same.

NBA League Pass price breakdown:

  • NBA League Pass (all teams): $199 per year or $28.99 per month
  • NBA League Pass Premium (all teams + in-arena stream): $249.99 per year or $39.99 per month
  • NBA Team Pass (one team): $119.99 per year or $17.99 per month
  • NBA League Pass Audio: $9.99 per year
  • NBA League Pass single games: $6.99
  • NBA League Pass fourth-quarter action: $1.99 per game

NBA League Pass devices: Amazon Fire TV and Kindle devices, Roku 3 and 4, Apple TVAndroid TV, Samsung smart TVs, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream View, PlayStation VR, Windows Mixed Reality, iOS, and Android devices

Stream NBA games: 5 ways to watch NBA games online

1) Sling TV

Sling TV has two distinct channel packages, both of which are priced at $25 per month. You want Sling Orange, which comes with both ESPN and TNT. From there you can add the Sling Orange Sports Pack for $5 per month to unlock NBA TV. That means you get by at just $30 per month. That said, if you live the Bay Area, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Portland, or Washington, D.C., you might want to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) so that you can get local coverage from NBC Sports. There’s just one drawback: Sling TV doesn’t offer ABC in its local channels (or provide an on-demand alternative). With most ABC live games, you can stream via the WatchESPN app. Here’s hoping that proves true when it comes to streaming NBA games. Otherwise, you’ll want to invest in an HD antenna(Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.) As noted previously, Sling TV is the only service that allows you to include NBA League Pass as an add-on.

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

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2) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu TV
  • Cost: $44.95 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
  • Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
  • Channels included: ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBCSN

Hulu with Live TV doesn’t offer a way to watch NBA TV, but if that’s not a deal-breaker, it’s a great way to watch NBA games online. Plus, each subscription unlocks Hulu’s deep catalog of TV shows and movies, so you’ll have plenty to watch after the final whistle blows. For an extra $4 per month, you can upgrade to Hulu with No Commercials.  

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)

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3) AT&T Now

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ATT Now TV
  • 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.

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4) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

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. New Orleans Pelicans: What to watch for

While it wasn’t necessarily a nasty breakup, one has to think emotions will flow from the Smoothie King Center. Davis understands that he may not get the warmest reception from the Pelican faithful.

“Every time I touch the ball, there are probably going to be boos,” Davis told reporters Monday night after the Lakers’ 114-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

But don’t feel too bad for the Pelicans—Zion Williamson is on track to be back in action next month as he recovers from a right meniscus injury. 

NBA podcast: Week 6 review

Check out the author’s NBA podcast covering news of the last seven days in the league. We also dive Kobe Bryant’s supposed great defense, Matt Barnes’ prospective documentary on the 2007 Golden State Warriors, and the exultation of Luka Dončić.

Listen below (also semi-NSFW).

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*First Published: Nov 27, 2019, 11:42 am