How to watch Lakers vs Warriors NBA season opener in Australia
The 2021/22 NBA season is here and we're treated to a massive clash on opening day.
After what always feels like another long off-season, the NBA is back. While the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks officially get the season underway against fellow powerhouse Brooklyn, we're focusing on a deeper rivalry on opening day.
Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and Lakers standout LeBron James have been duelling in the NBA for well over a decade now, particularly while James was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
They have a healthy respect for one another and will be eyeing off big seasons ahead. This is how to watch their opening clash of 2021/22.
When is LA Lakers vs Golden State Warriors?
Tip-off is at 1pm AEDT on Wednesday 20 October at the Lakers' home court, Staples Center in Los Angeles.
How to watch Lakers vs Warriors
In Australia, this big match, along with Bucks vs Nets and a host of big games this season, is on ESPN. That means Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV are viewing options. Another option is NBA League Pass, which shows every game live this coming season.
With its pricing, features, range of sports and free trial length, we think Kayo Sports is the way to go. We have insights here into accessing Fox Sports without Foxtel. We also have a complete guide to the upcoming NBA season.
Stream Lakers vs Warriors on Kayo Sports
If you are yet to try Kayo Sports, you can take advantage of its 14-day free trial for new users. After the trial period, a Basic subscription is $25 a month to watch on 2 screens or $35 a month for a third screen. You can check it all out in our full Kayo Sports review.
Kayo also has a wide range of special features. SplitView lets you watch up to 4 sports at once on the same screen. Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and Kayo Minis are also among the options.
All up, Kayo broadcasts more than 50 sports, including a wide variety of timeless, evergreen content. It is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
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Who will win Lakers vs Warriors?
It's never easy picking the winner in an early NBA clash. With a gruelling 82-game schedule ahead, veteran teams like these often aim to ease their way into the season and save their best form for later on.
The Warriors are still without Klay Thompson, who has missed virtually 2 full years with knee and Achilles injuries. He is expected back around Christmas time. That means in the shorter term plenty will fall on Curry and Draymond Green.
Curry should also secure a slice of history this season. The 33-year-old is sitting on 2,832 made 3-pointers for his career. That leaves him just 141 behind all-time leader Ray Allen. Considering Curry has averaged well over 300 successful triples in his last 6 full seasons, it won't take him long to secure top spot.
For the Lakers, they've tweaked their roster once more in an effort to recapture the title they lost last season. They landed Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in the off-season to combine with James and Anthony Davis.
It will be intriguing to see how the new-look Lakers gel, but we think that will take time. We'll opt for Curry to lead Golden State to an encouraging win to kick things off.