The Los Angeles Clippers will look to rebound from an opening loss in the bubble as they take on a New Orleans Pelicans team in desperate need of a win.
The game starts at 6 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 Pelicans vs Clippers 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.
Watch ESPN on Vidgo
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 Pelicans vs Clippers 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 Pelicans vs Clippers 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 Pelicans vs Clippers 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.
Pelicans vs Clippers Preview
The Pelicans played in the first official game of the bubble, falling to the Utah Jazz 106-104, allowing a big second half comeback. What was puzzling for some Pelicans supporters was the absence of No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson down the stretch. Williamson played just 15 minutes as he was eased back into action. But currently on the outside looking in on the playoffs, New Orleans has no room for error. Every game is a must win.
“The reason they are taking place as they are at the beginning is just that the medical team wants to make sure he’s warm and loose before he gets on the court,” Pelicans GM David Griffin said. “Everything that they are doing is predicated on that. The players have a very clear routine. His routine is to get loose at a certain time. We don’t want him to get loose and then sit on the side and wait, because that’s not conducive to him playing his best.
“Everybody got to do that over the course of the scrimmages. Zion didn’t get that opportunity. Unfortunately, because of the situation with his family, he was called away. It was a very legitimate reason to leave. But unfortunately, he’s 13 days removed from the group in terms of following that plan after not playing basketball for what amounts to four months.”
Head coach Alvin Gentry said Williamson won’t have a minutes restriction against the Clippers, but he will be monitored by the medical staff.
On the other end, the Clippers are looking to rebound after an opening-night loss to the Lakers. LeBron James delivered the final blow and Paul George’s last second heave from 3-point land was off the mark for the win.
“We’ve got to use these games to build some habits and just build team chemistry,” Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard said after the game. “It was a good game, still had fun out there. It was great to be back on the floor.”
The Clippers need to win to keep their hope of catching the Lakers for the top seed in the Western Conference alive, but also to fend off the log-jam of teams behind them jostling for playoff seeding. There is still much to be decided from seeds No. 2-7 in the West. However, the Clippers are trying to keep the ship afloat without key bench players Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, both Sixth Man of the Year candidates.