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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers battle Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on TNT! Dame was the talk of the NBA Bubble as the Blazers guard willed his team into the playoffs by sinking dagger after dagger. Will the magic continue when Portland takes on the top-seeded Lakers? LeBron and company didn't exactly look sharp during their eight game return, but their main objective was to stay healthy. ESPN reports that Rajon Rondo has been medically cleared to play, but will remain inactive for Game 1.
Can LeBron and Anthony Davis lead LA to victory, or will the Blazers, winners of six of their last seven, stay hot? If you're looking for a handy guide on how to watch the NBA playoffs online, Decider recently published an article featuring all the first-round matchups. How can you watch the Lakers/Blazers game live on TNT? Here's everything you need to know. WHAT TIME DOES THE LAKERS/BLAZERS GAME START?
Hulu + Live TV offers a seven-day free trial for eligible subscribers. DOES SLING TV OR YOUTUBE TV HAVE TNT? You can also watch TNT live with an active subscription to YouTube TV, Sling TV, or AT&T TV NOW. HOW TO WATCH TNT FOR FREE: Both YouTube TV and Sling TV offer free trials for eligible subscribers. Much has been written and said about the Portland Trail Blazers' defense. It isn't very good. Still, since the restart the Blazers have managed to come up with enough stops in key moments to allow the offense to close out seven of nine games with victories. "The bottom line is you've got to score more than the other team and that's what we've been able to do," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. • You can watch tonight's Blazers vs. Lakers Game 1 live for FREE with Hulu + Live (free trial) Portland, the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, will see its defense challenged further in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Lakers certainly feel confident that with LeBron James and Anthony Davis they can put up big numbers on the Blazers. But can Los Angeles also handle Portland's offense? "They've been playing extremely well," Davis said. "They did everything in their power to make the playoffs. They are a good team. They are hot right now, so it's definitely going to be a test for us." Game 1 will get the party started. Then the chess game begins. Portland faces some matchup issues against the Lakers, especially with power forward Zach Collins sidelined with an ankle injury. "That's one of the beauties of a series is that you can make adjustments throughout the series," Stotts said. INJURY REPORT Blazers: Forwards Zach Collins (ankle) and Nassir Little (dehydration) are out. Forwards Trevor Ariza and Caleb Swanigan opted out of the NBA bubble. Lakers: Forward LeBron James (groin soreness) and forward/center Anthony Davis (knee soreness) are probable. Guard Rajon Rondo (thumb surgery) is doubtful. Guard Avery Bradley did not join the team at the bubble. Portland Trail Blazers hope bubble run prepared them for playoff challenge versus Los Angeles Lakers 'Not your typical eight seed.' LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers won't let guard down vs. Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins out for at least Game 1 vs. Los Angeles Lakers Top 10 factors (aside from Damian Lillard) that allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to rock the NBA bubble, reach playoffs BLAZERS-LAKERS SERIES DETAILS What: Portland Trail Blazers (35-39) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (52-19), 6 p.m. PT Tuesday. Where: Advent Health Arena, Orlando, Florida. TV channel: TNT (54/754) | Locally on NBC Sports Northwest (In Portland: Comcast (37/737) Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM) How to watch live stream online: You can watch this game live with your cable provider login information on TNT Live, or if you don't have cable access, you can watch the game live for FREE with Hulu + Live (free trial). Other options for free live streaming include fuboTV (free trial) or Sling TV (free trial, promotional offers) if you prefer those platforms and their pricing plans. There are a variety of other streaming options you can try: www.nba.com/blazers/watch. Game 1 odds: Lakers (-240) | Blazers (+195) - O/U: 228.5 Series odds: Lakers (-500) | Blazers (+375) SERIES SCHEDULE Game 1: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, TNT Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, ESPN Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET, ABC Game 4: Monday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, TNT *Game 5: Wednesday, Aug. 26, TBD, TBD *Game 6: Friday, Aug. 28, TBD, TBD *Game 7: Sunday, Aug. 30, TBD, TBD--Aaron Fentress | [email protected] | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook). Subscribe to The Oregonian/OregonLive newsletters and podcasts for the latest news and top stories. LeBron James is taking nothing for granted when his No 1 seeded Los Angeles Lakers take on the eighth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Tuesday night's playoff games Magic @ Bucks | Game 1 | 6:30pm Heat @ Pacers | Game 1 | 9pm Thunder @ Rockets | Game 1 | 11:30pm | Sky Sports Arena Trail Blazers @ Lakers | Game 1 | 2am A No 8 seed has beaten a No 1 seed just five times in NBA history with the last such occurrence in 2012 - when the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Chicago Bulls - who had lost Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to injury. James has no intention of allowing Portland to add the 2019-20 Lakers to that list and is fully aware of the offensive threat the Trail Blazers possess, led by their elite scoring guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. 0:51 Ahead of the Lakers' playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron James breaks down why Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are the main threats "I don't take anything for granted, especially being in the NBA on my 17th season," James said. "(Lillard and McCollum) are the rock of that franchise. They have playoff experience. And we have to have 10 eyes on them at a time. You got two eyes on the guy on the ball and another eight to go after every possession because they are that dangerous. It starts with them. 0:39 LeBron James has given fans a sneak peak at the jersey he will wear in the Space Jam sequel film released next year "And then they have a Hall of Famer, in Carmelo Anthony, who can erupt at any point of the game. So you have to always keep an eye on him. Have that respect factor because you know what he is capable of doing. And I believe (Jusuf) Nurkic and Zach (Collins) coming back from injury has helped them out a lot as well." James described preparing for a playoff campaign inside the NBA's bubble as 'the toughest one' of his career. "I go in with the mindset of always preparing myself mentally, physically, spiritually to be able to encounter anything that happens," he said. "I don't know what is different for me in this environment. As far as me locking in on opponents and individuals, it hasn't changed. What is different is the environment. I'm not home, not with my family. I'm not in my home. I'm not preparing to be at Staples (Center) tomorrow with our fans. A lot of things that are essential to my everyday regimen. "That's what's different. As far as mentally, that's always gonna be sharp." On Monday, James added his signature to an open letter written by More Than A Vote, a coalition of black athletes and artists whose mission is to "educate, energize and protect" black voters. 0:30 Anthony Davis is wary of the threat posed to the Lakers by the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard when they face each other in the NBA playoffs The coalition partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers to use Dodger Stadium as a vote center for the presidential election in November and is aiming get more arenas and sports facilities in use. Speaking about the campaign, James said: "We are serious. So serious about what's going on in America, about our communities. About our voters' expression, about just the lack of knowledge, the lack of people who care for them. "We put a team together to be able to give our communities the resources to let them understand what their rights are. "There are a lot of people who grew up in the inner city, (who) are afraid to vote because of previous convictions or something that has happened in their life. And they have been lied to for so many years (about) why they can't vote or they don't believe that their vote counts. "We want change. We asked for change in our communities. We want the people in our communities to know if we want change, we have to make it ourselves." Want to watch even more of the NBA but don't have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here.