The Los Angeles Lakers (25-7) will host the Dallas Mavericks (21-10) at the Staples Center Sunday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on ESPN. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick, or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. They range from 45 to 125 live TV channels, and they all include ESPN. The “Plus” and “Max” bundles come with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch a live stream of the Mavericks vs Lakers on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app. You can also watch the game on the ESPN app if you sign in using your AT&T TV Now credentials.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
Sling TV’s “Sling Orange” package comes with 32 channels, including ESPN. It costs $20 for the first month ($30 per month after that), which makes Sling by far the cheapest streaming service with the ESPN channels if you plan on keeping it long term:
Or, as part of a special deal that Sling is currently offering, you can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick if you prepay for two months:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the Mavericks 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.
ESPN is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch a live stream of the Mavericks 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. You can also watch the game on the ESPN app if you sign in using your Hulu credentials.
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.
Mavericks vs Lakers Preview
Perhaps the biggest news surrounding this game is that the Lakers could be without their star player Sunday. LeBron James re-aggravated a previous groin injury this week, and there is talk Los Angeles will rest him. James isn’t the only Lakers player who has been dealing with an injury; Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma have both been battling through knee and ankle injuries, respectively.
The Lakers were on a four-game skid heading into Saturday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Mavericks are coming off a 141-121 victory against the Golden State Warriors Saturday.
The Mavs heated up in the second half of that game, ending Golden State’s four-game winning streak. As he has all season, Luca Doncic led Dallas in scoring with 31 points. Doncic had a triple-double against the Warriors, also netting 12 rebounds and 15 assists.
While Doncic leads the Mavs in scoring, rebounds, and assists, he’s getting a good deal of help from Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. Porzingis is averaging 17.4 points and 9.6 rebounds, while Hardaway is chipping in 13.7 points per game. As a team, the Mavericks are fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 116.7 points a game.
As for the Lakers, they are scoring just over 112 points a game, and Anthony Davis leads the team in both scoring (27.7 points per game) and rebounds (9.3). James (25.7 ppg) and Kuzma (11.9) are the only other Lakers averaging in double figures. They are second in the NBA in shooting percentage, hitting 48% of their shots.
The Lakers beat Portland late Saturday, 128-120, to improve to 25-7 on the season. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said that whether James would play would be a game-day decision. “When you have a back-to-back, you just treat it like this is the only game you’re playing and then figure out tomorrow tomorrow,” Vogel noted, referencing his team’s back-to-back games.
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