The Portland Trail Blazers will visit the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Christmas.
The game is scheduled to start at 10:30 ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
ESPN and ESPN2 are both included in the “Sling Orange” channel bundle. You can sign up for a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
Blazers vs Jazz Preview
After winning 48 games and reaching the second round of the playoffs in 2017-18, the Jazz have limped out to a 16-18 record this year.
On the second night of a back-to-back on Saturday, they lost in a heartbreaker to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 107-106.
Donovan Mitchell had a chance to tie the game with 1.5 seconds left when Russell Westbrook fouled the Jazz guard as he tried to dunk. But the second-year pro missed the front end of his pair of free throws. Then, needing a quick putback for the win, he accidentally made the second.
“Just missed the free throw,” Mitchell said, according to the Deseret News. “There’s no other way around it. That can’t happen. I thought it was in. Just in-and-out. That’s all I got.”
Utah carried a massive advantage in assists, 35 to 19, and took better care of the ball, turning it over 13 times to Oklahoma City’s 17. But the Thunder shot better percentages from the field, from deep, and from the free-throw line.
“We didn’t get the one tonight,” Kyle Korver said, per the Deseret News. “We wanted to get it, but … we’re building toward something good. You don’t want to accept that it’s going to happen, but I really feel like we’re building good habits, and that’s when you win, is when you have good habits.”
Mitchell scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished six assists. His backcourt mate Ricky Rubio amassed 14 dimes to go with 12 points, seven assists, and three steals.
“A loss is a loss. It hurts, but we can learn from that,” Rubio told the paper. “I think we’ve got to be encouraged the way we’re playing.”
The Trail Blazers (19-14) thought they had a regulation victory in the bag with a three-point lead over the Dallas Mavericks and 0.6 seconds remaining on Sunday night. But Mavs rookie Luka Doncic caught an inbounds pass and hit a fadeaway three-pointer as time expired to force overtime.
“As soon as he flipped the ball up in the air I was just like ‘He’s gonna make this and we’re going to have to go win this in overtime,’” Blazers point guard Damian Lillard said, according to The Oregonian.
The Portland star scored 33 points, including four in the extra period, to lead his team to a 121-118 victory.
“It was a wild finish,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said, per The Oregonian. “Obviously, Doncic hit an outstanding shot. We didn’t defend it well but it was an amazing shot. I’m glad the way we regrouped and kind of maintained the lead throughout overtime.”