Lakers vs Warriors Play-in Tournament: Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time, How to Watch

Published 05/19/2021, 4:02 PM EDT
Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020-21 NBA season has been one of the most entertaining regular seasons in recent history. The league introduced the new play in tournament this season which got off to a fantastic start yesterday.

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But tonight the league arguably sees its most anticipated match as LeBron James and Steph Curry face off against each other in the Lakers vs Warriors play-in game.

Given the rivalry LBJ and Curry have shared over the years, the matchup between the Dubs and the champions certainly is intriguing. But where can the NBA community watch this game?

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Where to watch the Lakers vs Warriors Play-in game?

The upcoming battle between Bron’s Lakers and Curry’s Warriors is arguably the most anticipated game of the year. Given that this is one of the games to determine the 7th seed in the West, the stakes are pretty high.

The game is scheduled for a prime time broadcast of 10:00 PM EST. NBA fans all across the world can watch the game on multiple platforms. For TV viewers, ESPN will be broadcasting the much-anticipated encounter.

Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball up court as Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) defends during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

For fans who will be using online mediums like laptops and mobile phones, they can opt for Watch ESPN or the ESPN App. Fans can also view the Lakers and Warriors matchup with NBA’s league pass.

Given the hype surrounding the match, expect some fireworks tonight.

What to expect from the Lakers and Warriors matchup

The Lakers and the Warriors are the only two teams that are in tremendous form right now. While the Warriors have won 11 of their last 15 games, the Lakers have won five in a row and finally have their superstars back.

While the champions do make a better case in the game with more star power and a significant size advantage, they haven’t had enough games to have the necessary cohesion and have a new center in Andre Drummond who hasn’t played much with AD and ‘the King‘.

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Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is sandwiched between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Given the lack of playtime, the Lakers’ offense might be a wild shot. The Warriors meanwhile have been elite on both sides of the court, but one of the determining factors will be who will play second fiddle in the attack.

Steph Curry might be in fantastic form but the Lakers are no fluke defensively. If they can contain Curry, who will Golden State rely on for their offense?

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There are many factors that might affect the outcome of the game. Expect a slugfest in the defensive end and some fantastic offensive schemes in this game.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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