Lakers vs Trail Blazers: How to live stream, venue and all the pre-buzz over the much-anticipated playoff game

Despite the Lakers' recent record, fans will still be rooting for LeBron & Co. to come out on top, however, there is no way of ruling the Trail Blazers out


                            Lakers vs Trail Blazers: How to live stream, venue and all the pre-buzz over the much-anticipated playoff game
Damian Lillard (Getty Images)

Tuesday will see two Western Conference teams battle it out in Game 1 of their playoff journey. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers will take on each other in Orlando and despite the Lakers' recent record, fans will still be rooting for LeBron & Co. to come out on top. However, there is no way of ruling the Trail Blazers out as they have just gone from strength to strength and will be a confident unit that cannot be underestimated.

Damian Lillard has been the man for Portland and if he is in the zone, the Lakers rather dismal offense will be put through their paces to match up to him. Here's a quick primer ahead of the key clash. 

Time

The game is slated for 9 pm ET on August 18, 2020. 

Venue

The Lakers will battle it out against the Trail Blazers at the AdventHealth Arena in Orlando. 

Where to watch?

The scrimmage can be caught live on TNT. In addition, NBC Sports Northwest will be televising the game live as well. Rip City Radio 620 and The Deschutes Brewery Trail Blazers Radio Network will also broadcast all of Portland's playoff games.

How to live stream?

NBCSportsNorthwest.com and the "MyTeams by NBC Sports" app gives exclusive access to the game. NBA TV is the other easiest and most preferred option. YouTube TV is the second most looked at as it provides access to ESPN, TNT, ABC, and NBA TV, as well as a good amount of regional sports networks, including those linked to Fox and NBC. Priced at $64.99, it comes across as a complete package. Other options include Sling TV and fuboTV that can be availed at reasonable prices.

Pre-match buzz

The Lakers look a tad jaded despite being one of the elite teams this season. The last few games didn't go their way with Dany Green and LeBron coming under fire. Anthony Davis has been their superstar averaging a team-high 26.1 points per game along with a team-high 9.3 rebounds. According to Winners and Whiners, he averages 32.0 points per game along with 11.3 rebounds against Portland. 

Damian Lillard has been unstoppable. In a closely contested game against Dallas last week, Lillard slammed 61 points in the 134-131 win. It has been that sort of a season where he is the first Blazer player to notch up back-to-back 50-point performances. He also became the first player after Wilt Chamberlain to register three 60-point games in a season. These are his performances from the last seven games:
29 Points, 9 Assists, 45 FG%

30 Points, 16 Assists, 40 FG%

21 Points, 8 Assists, 3/7 3 PM

45 Points, 12 Assists, 61 FG%

22 Points, 5 Assists, 43 FG%

51 Points, 7 Assists, 57 FG%

61 Points, 8 Assists, 53 FG%

Who will win?

This is highly difficult to predict. Although the Lakers are known to find that new switch during playoffs, they have a red-hot Trail Blazers team to beat. At the moment, we'll have to go with Portland. 

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