The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers in game 4 of the first round NBA playoffs. Here we discuss where you can watch the game.
Portland Trail Blazers will enter the game searching for answers on both ends of the floor tonight. The Lakers have applied the brakes on the red-hot offense of Lillard and co. in this series.
With the Lakers’ superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis improving their offensive efficiency, the Blazers need to be at their best to expect any chances of a victory. The Lakers’ still need to iron out some flaws in their squad as they look to embark on a championship journey.
The Lakers’ are surely the favorites to take a 3-1 lead after bossing the previous two games. With “Playoff LeBron” arriving in the bubble and the Lakers’ stars finally starting to shoot better, the path to make a comeback looks bleak at the moment for Lillard and his Blazers.
Where to watch Blazers vs Lakers on TV and Online?
You can catch the game on NBA TV, but you’ll need to buy the NBA League pass for that. Do check out the offers on the league pass via the NBA website and official mobile app.
The game is set for a 9 PM ET tip-off and will be streamed live on NBCSNW, Spectrum Sportsnet, SN1 and TNT. Fans can check out fuboTV to watch the game live as well. 620 AM will provide the radio coverage for the game as well.
Blazers vs Lakers preview
The Lakers’ need to shoot better. Period. The Lakers’ all-star duo of Davis and LeBron ended up missing 12 free throws in game 3. Frank Vogel conducted an entire training session to improve the free-throw efficiency for the Lakers yesterday. Most of the stars are starting to pick up steam for the Lakers’ except Danny Green and JR Smith.
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Danny Green looks like a shell of his former self in the bubble. With JR Smith on the floor, the Lakers’ are getting battered. After a long wait, Rajon Rondo might mark his return tonight. The former Celtics star was sorely missed by the Lakers as they lacked a secondary ball-handler when LeBron wasn’t on the floor.
Rondo’s return will mean lesser minutes for Caruso and Caldwell-Pope. Both have played their parts in the playoff victories so far. Caldwell-Pope took on the role of the third scorer in game 3 as he bounced back from a horror show in game 1. Caruso has become an essential cog in the Lakers’ defense as he has stepped up massively in the absence of Avery Bradley.
On the other hand, the Blazers look visibly tired after making a late dash into the playoffs. Starters Lillard, McCollum, Melo and Nurkic all looked tired in the previous game. With the Lakers tightening their defense, the Blazers have looked clueless in the paint and will need Lillard and McCollum to put up monstrous numbers to have any chance of getting a win tonight.
Carmelo Anthony has looked great in spurts but can’t be relied to win a game on his own at this stage of his career. With Hassan Whiteside floundering after a great game 1, the Blazers don’t have the defenders to guard Davis or James.
Lakers starting line-up: LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee
Blazers starting line-up: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Hassan Whiteside, Jusuf Nurkic