LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (30-7) will head to American Airlines Center to face the Dallas Mavericks (23-14) Friday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 9:45 p.m. ET and will be televised 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 Lakers vs Mavericks 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 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 Lakers vs Mavericks 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. You can also watch the game on the ESPN app if you sign in using your Sling credentials.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes with 10 hours of cloud DVR storage.
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 Lakers vs Mavericks 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.
Lakers vs Mavericks Preview
The Mavericks are coming off a 107-106 home loss to the Denver Nuggets. Dallas got overwhelmed in the fourth quarter, and couldn’t maintain their three-point lead, eventually losing a back-and-forth battle in the final minutes. Luka Doncic led the team in scoring, (27 points) rebounds (nine) and assists (10), which has been the norm this season. Doncic leads the team in all three statistical areas, while three other Mavs are averaging in double figures.
Forward Kristaps Porzingis is scoring 17.3 points a game, while Tim Hardaway Jr. is adding 13.8 points per contest. Seth Curry is also chipping in 10.1 points, and four players on the Mavericks’ bench are averaging between 8.9 and 9.1 points, so their bench is a deep one. Porzingis will not play at all this weekend due to soreness in his right knee, however, so the Mavs will need that bench to step up.
The Lakers handily beat the New York Knicks, 117-87, at the Staples Center on Tuesday. LeBron James led Los Angeles in scoring with 31 points, and forward Anthony Davis had an off game, shooting 2-8 from the field while scoring just five points. Davis leads the Lakers in both scoring (27.1 points a game) and rebounds (9.4 a game) and he is the sixth highest-scoring player in the league, so his performance against the Knicks was an anomaly.
Los Angeles is currently in first place in the Pacific Division, and the Mavericks are in second place in the Southwest. The Mavs are the third-highest scoring team in the league, averaging 116.4 points a game, and they are tied with the Houston Rockets for most three-pointers made with 559 on the season.
The Lakers have been excellent on defense, leading the NBA in blocks per game, while also being second in the league in steals per contest (8.7). The Lakers are also boast the best field goal percentage in the NBA, hitting 48.2% of their shots from the field.
The Mavs are 5-5 in their last 10 games, while the Lakers have won six straight, and they have not lost since Christmas.
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