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How to Watch Every Los Angeles Lakers Game Live Online

Written by Derek Fleming

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Watch the Lakers regular season from SoCal on Spectrum Sportsnet with DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” or wait for the Lakers to appear in nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN, and TNT.

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LA Lakers viewing guide
Table of Contents
  1. Tonight’s game
  2. Important channels
  3. From SoCal
  4. National TV
  5. Out-of-market
  6. FAQ
  7. More Teams
  • In-market. DIRECTV STREAM is the only live TV streaming service that carries Spectrum SportsNet, the regional sports network that broadcasts Lakers games in SoCal.
  • National games. Our top picks are Sling Orange, which carries ESPN and TNT, plus the ability to live-stream the ABC games on ESPN3 with the ESPN app, and DIRECTV STREAM, which offers more comprehensive coverage all season long.


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Tonight’s game

Which channel is the Lakers game on tonight and when does the game tip-off? We list the Lakers TV schedule, as well as the live TV streaming services that carry each game, in the easy to use table below.

Important channels

Spectrum SportsNet is the regional sports network that carries the majority of Lakers games for fans in SoCal. Nationally televised Lakers games will air on ABC, ESPN, and TNT.

DIRECTV STREAM – ChoiceDIRECTV STREAMFuboHulu + Live TVSling Orange & BlueYouTube TVBally Sports+
Spectrum SportsNet Spectrum SportsNet

From SoCal

In-market Lakers fans who want to follow the team week in and week out have DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” as their only option as the platform is currently the only live TV streaming service that carries Spectrum SportsNet.


  • Carries ABC, ESPN, and TNT
  • Carries Spectrum SportsNet for in-market games


  • Spectrum SportsNet requires an upgrade to the “Choice” plan

National TV

The Lakers are a mainstay on national TV, and often contend for a playoff spot. The streaming services listed below carry the Lakers when they are on national TV.

Fubo carries ABC and ESPN, but lacks TNT for watching the Lakers when Chuck, Kenny, Ernie, and Shaq have the game. Unfortunately, fuboTV doesn’t carry Spectrum SportsNet or TNT. However, you can add NBA League Pass to a fuboTV account to watch the Lakers out-of-market, and you can watch the nationally televised Lakers games that air on ABC or ESPN, including playoff games, on fuboTV.


  • Carries ABC and ESPN
  • Upgrade for NBA League Pass


  • Lacks TNT
  • Lacks Spectrum Sportsnet

Hulu + Live TV carries all the channels NBA fans need for nationally televised games, including ABC, ESPN, and TNT. Hulu + Live TV doesn’t carry Spectrum SportsNet, and doesn’t offer an NBA League Pass upgrade, so the platform isn’t a good option for watching the Lakers. The only Lakers games you can watch on Hulu + Live TV are nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN, and TNT, including playoff games.


  • Carries ABC, ESPN, and TNT
  • Playoff coverage


  • Lacks Spectrum Sportsnet


  • Carries ESPN and TNT
  • Upgrade for ABC in LA market
  • ESPN3 gets ABC simulcasts for big games


  • Lacks Spectrum Sportsnet

No, if you are a Lakers fans living in SoCal, you can’t watch the Lakers on YouTube TV because YouTube TV doesn’t carry Spectrum SportsNet. However, if you live out-of-market, you can watch the Lakers on NBA League Pass, or wait for the nationally televised games.


  • Carries ABC, ESPN and TNT
  • Upgrade for NBA League Pass


  • Lacks Spectrum Sportsnet


Do you live in NYC, Boston, Cleveland or Miami, and want to watch the Lakers live stream? NBA League Pass is your best option.

You can signup for NBA League Pass à la carte on Amazon Prime, or the package can be added to an existing YouTube TVSling TVfuboTV, or DIRECTV STREAM account. Lakers fans take note: if you live in SoCal, NBA League Pass will be blacked out in favor of Spectrum SportsNet’s TV rights.


Can I watch the Lakers on Spectrum SportsNet LA?

You can watch the Lakers on Spectrum SportsNet, not Spectrum SportsNet LA. Lakers games are carried on Spectrum SportsNet, while the Dodgers are covered by Spectrum SportsNet LA.

Can I watch the Lakers on ESPN Plus?

No, you can’t watch the Lakers on ESPN Plus. One of the big drawbacks with ESPN Plus is the lack of NFL, NBA, and big college football games.

Can I watch the Lakers game online for free?

While you can’t watch the entire Lakers season live online for free, DIRECTV STREAM usually offers a 5 day free trial, which could be used one time to watch the Lakers for free in a 5 day time span.

Can I watch the Lakers on Philo TV?

No, you can’t watch the Lakers on Philo TV. The Philo TV platform doesn’t offer any sports programming or sports channels.

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