The Utah Jazz (42-23) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) will face off at Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Saturday in a game that was originally meant to be played in March.
The game starts at 3:30 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 today, 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 Jazz vs Thunder 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 Jazz vs Thunder 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 Jazz vs Thunder 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 Jazz vs Thunder 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.
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The Jazz are currently in fourth place in the Western Conference, and they boast five players scoring in double figures, led by guard Donovan Mitchell (24.1 points a game). Utah is netting 111.0 points a game, with center Rudy Gobert averaging a double-double (15 points, 13.7 rebounds) and forward Bojan Bogdanovic chipping in 20.2 points per contest.
Gobert, of course, was the first NBA player known to test positive for COVID-19 in March, and he had a rather memorable return when Utah beat New Orleans on Thursday, 106-104. Gobert hit the game’s first shot — which was also the first basket since the league resumed action. He then hit two game-winning free throws as time expired to seal the victory for the Jazz. “Life works in mysterious ways,” he said after the game. Still, he’s ready to move on from the events of this past March.
“That was the topic of the moment,” Gobert said about being the first positive test in the league. “That’s not a bad thing. It’s time to put it behind. I get asked about it everyday. I can understand. But I hope they have some more interesting topics.”
Next up for Gobert and company is Oklahoma City, who the Jazz were set to play the day Gobert tested positive for the virus. “It’s a helluva coincidence that that’s who our first game is against,” Thunder point guard Chris Paul said about playing the Jazz.
The Thunder are currently fifth in the Western Conference, and they’re scoring 110.8 points a game. Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads OKC in scoring, averaging 19.3 points a game while also hauling in just over six rebounds per contest. Oklahoma City also has five players scoring in double figures including Gilgeous-Alexander, Paul, who is averaging 17.7 points a game and big man Danilo Gallinari, who is adding 19.2 points per contest.
Thunder head coach Billy Donovan thinks the Jazz will provide his team with a nice litmus test in their first game back after a four month hiatus.
“Utah will give us a really good indication over a 48-minute game of where we’re at,” Donovan said this week. “And how much more work needs to be done.”
When these two teams played each other last, it was in early December, and the Thunder won, 104-90.
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