The top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers (51-17) will take on the Indiana Pacers (42-27) in a key matchup for Nate McMillan’s squad.
The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT. But if you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch a live stream of the game online:
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TNT 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 Lakers vs Pacers 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 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).
Both of Sling TV’s “Sling Orange” (32 channels) and “Sling Blue” (47 channels) packages come with TNT. They both cost $20 for the first month ($30 per month after that), which makes Sling the cheapest streaming service with TNT if you plan on keeping it long term:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the Lakers vs Pacers 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.
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 TNT:
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch the Lakers vs Pacers live 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.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
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The Pacers are coming off a disappointing loss to the Suns on Thursday. Malcolm Brogdon led the way for Indiana with 25 points, but it wasn’t enough. The Pacers had a scoreless stretch of over five minutes in the first half, and they couldn’t overcome the hole they dug for themselves in the second.
“I thought that our focus was more on the offensive end of the floor,” McMillan said after the loss. “Defensively we didn’t do a good job of containing … and we just got pounded on the boards.”
Indiana is averaging 109.6 points a game, and they have a well-rounded attack, with seven players averaging in double figures. Forward T.J. Warren leads the team in scoring, netting 19.6 points a game.
After securing the top seed in the West for the first time in a decade, the Lakers seemed to have switched to cruise control. LeBron James sat out for L.A.’s 113-97 loss to James Harden and the Rockets Thursday, and he’ll be doubtful against the Pacers, as well. Alex Caruso is also likely to miss this game, which doesn’t bode well for the Lakers, who have looked lackluster as of late.
Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel should have his other superstar, Anthony Davis, but wants his team to focus on the little things, while also being more opportunistic.
“We’ve just got to continue to work for better shot quality. We’re continuing to miss open looks, which is leading to some frustration and maybe a shorter fuse in terms of the patience necessary to work for great shots. It’s just a matter of time before the shots will start going in, but the biggest focus for us is to play with pace, because we’re fouling too much, and then continue to work for shot quality,” Vogel said after the loss to the Rockets.
The Lakers are putting up 113.2 points a game, with Davis leading the team in scoring (26.4 points a game) and rebounds (9.4). It will be interesting to see how the Lakers respond to Thursday’s loss if James is still out of the lineup. Playing without your field general on the court is a huge disadvantage, and if LeBron is out again, look for Kyle Kuzma to step up in a big way.
Kuzma led the team in scoring in the loss against Houston, netting 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. He also had five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
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