Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online
Portland Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups, after two huge trades sent five players elsewhere, is having to juggle his lineups game to game and that will continue Wednesday night against the visiting LA Lakers.
With players injured, and some not yet available because they were just acquired, Billups will once again be forced to pretty much wing it.
“These games come so fast,” Billups said Tuesday night following a loss to Orlando. “You just get them out there. You go over some of the plays and some of the defense and things. Just plug and play. I mean, it’s the NBA so most teams run similar plays. That’s not that much of an adjustment. For me, it’s just an opportunity to kind of see what they can do for us.”
The Lakers enter this game with problems of their own. They have grossly underachieved and have injury issues of their own.
Center Anthony Davis (right wrist; soreness) is probable, forward LeBron James (left knee; soreness/effusion) and guard Russell Westbrook (lower back; tightness) are questionable. Forward Carmelo Anthony (right hamstring; strain) is out.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. LA LAKERS
What: Trail Blazers (21-34) vs. Lakers (26-29), 7 p.m., Wednesday.
Where: Moda Center.
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).
TV channel: Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1).
Watch the game live online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or simply prefer that platform and their pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that carries Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this game live on Root Sports Live
Moneyline: POR +260 | LAL -320
Spread: LAL – 7.5 | Over/Under: 225.5
Blazers: Eric Bledsoe (left Achilles tendinopathy), Keon Johnson (right ankle; sprain), Damian Lillard (core muscle recovery), Nassir Little (left shoulder recovery) and Didi Louzada (left knee; recovery) are out.
Lakers: Anthony Davis (right wrist; soreness) is probable; Dwight Howard (lower back; tightness), LeBron James (left knee; soreness/effusion) and Russell Westbrook (lower back; tightness) are questionable; Carmelo Anthony (right hamstring; strain), Sekou Doumbouya (G League – two-way), Mason Jones (G League – two-way) and Kendrick Nunn (right knee; bone bruise) are out.
The Blazers close out their five-game homestand Saturday afternoon against the New York Knicks before going on the road to play games at Milwaukee on Memphis before the All-Star break.