The Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail Blazers kick their respective seasons off at the Moda Center in Portland on Wednesday, October 20.
The game (10 p.m. ET start time) will be televised on NBC Sports California for those who live in the Kings market and Root Sports for those who live in the Blazers market. It will also stream live on NBA League Pass for everyone out of market.
Here’s a full rundown of how you can watch a live stream of the Kings vs Blazers, with your options depending on where you live:
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If the Game is in Your Market
Note: This option is for viewers in the Kings and Blazers markets
You can watch a live stream of NBC Sports California, Root Sports (both live in local markets) and 100-plus other live TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Kings vs Blazers live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most games on-demand within three days of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.
Note: This option is for viewers in the Kings market
DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” NBC Sports California (live in local markets) is included in “Choice” and up.
You can sign up right here:
Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch the Kings vs Blazers live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.
If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours).
If the Game is out of Your Market
Note: This is ultimately the same as regular NBA League Pass (more info on that below), but with this option you’ll be able to watch games on the Amazon app, which tends to be available on more devices than the NBA app
Amazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch every out-of-market NBA game via Prime Channels. You can try both Amazon Prime and the NBA League Pass channel at no cost with a free trial:
Once you’re signed up for the Prime NBA League Pass channel, out-of-market viewers can watch the Kings vs Blazers live or on-demand on the Amazon Video app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, various smart TV’s, Xiaomi, Echo Show or Echo Spot, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.
You can also watch on your computer via the Amazon website.
Again, this is mostly the same as the Amazon Prime option above, with the big difference being you’ll watch on NBA’s platforms rather than Amazon’s:
Once signed up for NBA League Pass, out-of-market viewers can watch the Kings vs Blazers live or on-demand on the NBA app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or 5, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, Android tablet or other compatible device.
You can also watch on your computer via the NBA website.
Kings vs Blazers Preview
The Trail Blazers finished 0-4 in the preseason, and they’ll start their year off with several key players battling injuries. Anfernee Simons (right thumb sprain), Tony Snell (right foot sprain), Nassir Little (left hamstring strain) and Cody Zeller (nose fracture) all missed the team’s preseason finale against the Golden State Warriors, and it’s unclear who will be ready for the season opener.
On the other side, the Kings went 4-0 this preseason, and there’s plenty of hype surrounding rookie Davion Mitchell, the team’s ninth overall pick in the draft this year. Kings head coach Luke Walton recently compared the talented rookie and his tenacious defense to legendary NBA defender Ron Artest.
“From when I played, it does remind me a little bit of when I used to have to play against Ron Artest/Meta World Peace,” Walton said. “Sometimes it just felt easier to give the ball to someone else.”
“When he’s locked in on the ball, it’s crazy to watch,” Kings guard De’Aaron Fox said about Mitchell. “The way he’s able to stop and go, it hurts my legs watching, but he’s a great on-ball defender. He’s top five, I’d say, for on-ball defenders in the league right now. When you watch him, it’s just amazing. He does stuff on the ball that you can’t teach and that’s what’s making him great.”
The Blazers also have some new faces in the locker room after acquiring Larry Nance Jr. this offseason, and they have a new head coach in Chauncey Billups. It will be interesting to see how both impact the play of star Damian Lillard.
“I would say we had some good moments, but we had some moments that it was like, ‘Dang. We are a lot farther away than I thought,’ you know?” Billups said about his team’s 0-4 preseason. “So it’s been a little up and down. I’m not too surprised with it. Any time there is change, there is a period in there where it’s going to take some adjustment.”
Here’s a look at the rosters for both teams heading into the game:
Blazers Roster: Guards: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, CJ Elleby, Anfernee Simons, Ben McLemore Forwards: Robert Covington, Larry Nance Jr., Tony Snell, Nassir Little, Norman Powell, rookie Greg Brown III (Texas) Centers: Jusuf Nurkic and Cody Zeller. Two way contracts: Guard Keljin Blevins and rookie forward Trendon Watford (LSU).
Kings Roster: Marvin Bagley, PF Harrison Barnes, SF Terence Davis, SG De’Aaron Fox, PG Tyrese Haliburton, SG Buddy Hield, SG Moe Harkless, PF Richaun Holmes, PF Louis King, C Damian Jones, C Alex Len, C Davion Mitchell, PG Chimezie Metu, PF. Jahmi’us Ramsey, PG Tristan Thompson, C Robert Woodard, SF Neemias Queta, C