Two of the NBA’S brightest stars will take center stage Saturday when Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
The game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN. But if you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch a live stream of the game online:
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As of August 1, ESPN is one of the 107 live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Bucks vs Mavericks 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 with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
ESPN is one of 68 total channels included with Vidgo, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for Vidgo, you can then watch the Bucks vs Mavericks live on your computer via the Vidgo website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or other compatible streaming device via the Vidgo app.
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. You can watch immediately with a seven-day free trial:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the Bucks vs Mavericks live 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 both its extensive on-demand library and 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 is one of 31 channels included in the Sling Orange package. For the first month, it costs $20 ($30 per month after that) and includes Showtime, Starz and Epix for free:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the Bucks 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.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
Bucks vs Mavericks Preview
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton scored 33 points apiece in the Bucks’ 130-116 win against the Miami Heat Thursday. The victory secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and put the Bucks right where they want to be. The likely MVP says that from here on out, all Milwaukee needs to worry about is themselves.
“I think the biggest challenge for us is ourselves,” Antetokounmpo said after Milwaukee clinched the top seed in the East Thursday. “How are we going to play? How hard are we going to play? Are we going to play for one another? Are we going to defend hard? Are we going to be able to rebound the ball? Are we going to be able to make the extra effort? Are we going to dive on the floor? It’s all about us. It’s all about us.”
It’s also about their opponents, to a lesser degree, and they’ll have their hands full on Saturday.
Doncic is coming off a game against the Kings that was historic in its own right. He had 34 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists in the Mavs’ 114-110 win. That stat line made him the youngest player in NBA history to ever have a triple-double of 30+ points, 20+ rebounds and 10+ assists. It was his 16th triple-double this season, which is tops in the NBA.
The Mavs have been guaranteed at least the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoffs, but coach Rick Carlisle says his team is focused on getting the best seed they can, and they’re not content merely with being in.
“To be in and be assured of the seventh position is good, but we came here to move up,” Carlisle said this week.
Dallas will clearly lean heavily on Doncic, but they have also been relying on center Kristaps Porzingis, who is scoring 20 points a game.
A major concern for Carlisle and company heading into this one is the team’s dip in three-point shooting since action resumed in the bubble. Just about every player on the team, including Doncic and Porzingis, have seen their shooting percentages dip, and it’s an alarming trend that cannot continue if the Mavs want to truly advance this season.
One key for the Deer moving forward will be foul trouble. Giannis has been getting five or more fouls in multiple games this past week, and he can’t keep walking on the wild side like that. His team needs him too much, so he’ll need to be more cautious moving forward.
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