The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James will look to extend their six-game winning streak as they welcome the Miami Heat on Friday night at Staples Center.
The game starts at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBA TV (nationally), Fox Sports Sun (locally in the Heat market) and Spectrum SportsNet (locally in the Lakers market). If you don’t have cable, you can watch the game live on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PS4, or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
NBA TV and Fox Sports Sun (local markets) are among the 95-plus channels included in FuboTV’s main bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports. Spectrum SportsNet isn’t included, but the game is also on NBA TV in the Lakers market.
You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch the Heat vs Lakers live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes included with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
Fox Sports Sun (local) is part of the 60-plus live TV channels included with Hulu With Live TV, which also comes with Hulu’s huge on-demand streaming TV and movie library. NBA TV and Spectrum SportsNet aren’t included with Hulu, so this is only an option for those in the Heat market.
You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Heat vs Lakers on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
NBA TV is included in Sling TV’s Sports Extra add-on, which can be added to either the Sling Orange or Sling Blue main channel bundle. Fox Sports Sun and Spectrum SportsNet aren’t included, but the game will still be on NBA TV in the Heat and Lakers markets.
You can sign up for a free seven-day trial of Sling TV right here, and you can then watch the Heat vs Lakers live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage for an additional $5 per month.
Heat vs Lakers Preview
Since dropping their opener, the Lakers have gone streaking and LeBron James has become a triple-double monster. James has averaged 30 points in the month of November and has triple-doubles in his last three, proving that rumors of the King’s demise were vastly overstated.
However, it was Kyle Kuzma, in just his third game of the season, who came through in a big way against he Bulls down the stretch as the Lakers erased a 19-point deficit to win.
Kuzma scored 11 of his 15 points in the final period coming off his ankle injury.
“I’m getting there,” Kuzma said. “It’s a process, I know. It’s all about being patient right now because I haven’t really had much basketball time since August.”
The Lakers are hoping Kuzma can develop into a legitimate third threat along side James and Anthony Davis. He seems well on his way.
“Kuz got into a rhythm, and that’s what he’s capable of,” James said.
“A.D. was in foul trouble. Bron was exhausted,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel added. “Both of those guys needed to stay on the bench and other guys needed to step up, and they did.”
The Heat are on the second-half of a back-to-back, having beat the Suns 124-108 on Thursday. Jimmy Butler led the way, dropping 30 first half points, finishing with 34 — his high so far with the Heat.
“That guy’s special,” Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra said. “He really is. He set the tone for the game obviously in that first half. We just played off of his offensive force. Really smart basketball, getting to the rim, getting his open looks.”
Goran Dragic also contributed 25 points off the bench against his former team.
“It’s a great luxury for us to bring an All-Star talent, in his prime still, off the bench,” Spoelstra said. “I don’t take for that granted. And I’m going to make sure the team doesn’t take that for granted.”
The win was the fourth in five tries for Miami, who are finding their footing. However, they’ll have to move forward in the meantime without forward Justise Winslow, who is in concussion protocol.
“Justise does have a concussion,” Spoelstra said “He didn’t have really any symptoms until (Thursday). And so we had him checked out by the Suns doctor and we’ll find out more and he’ll go through the protocol. We’ll find out more when he goes through the protocol. He met with the doctor.”
The Lakers are set as 8.5-point favorites with a total of 216.5.
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