How to watch LA Lakers vs LA Clippers NBA live and free in Australia
An opening night Los Angeles derby between the Lakers and Clippers is a mouthwatering prospect for NBA fans. Here's how to watch in Australia.
Most NBA observers expected these two powerhouses to square off in the 2019/20 Western Conference finals in the Disney World bubble. But the LA Clippers were sensationally upset by the Denver Nuggets in the semi-finals, a result which cost coach Doc Rivers his job.
The Lakers, meanwhile, paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant in the best way possible. LeBron James won his first championship in the purple and gold and the Lakers are hot favourites to go back-to-back in this COVID-19 shortened season.
When is Lakers vs Clippers?
Action at the Staples Centre tips off at 2pm AEDT on Wednesday 23 December.
How to watch Lakers vs Clippers in Australia
This battle of NBA heavyweights is on ESPN in Australia. That means your viewing options include Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV. You can also stream Lakers vs Clippers on NBA League Pass.
Before this game all broadcasters listed above will have Brooklyn vs Golden State which starts at 11:00am AEDT. You can check out more information in our comprehensive guide to watching the NBA online in Australia.
Watch Lakers vs Clippers on Kayo Sports
If you want to make sure Kayo Sports is right for you, it offers a 14-day free trial for new users. Basketball is just one of more than 50 sports available on Kayo. On average Kayo has 7 live NBA games per week.
There are also a vast number of special viewing features on Kayo so you get the absolute most out of watching sports. A Basic subscription costs $25 a month and gives you access to two screens. For $35 a month, a Premium subscription gives you another screen to utilise.
SplitView enables you to watch four sports at once. Interactive Stats and a Key Moments Timeline ensure you have all the information you need. If you are pushed for time, you can catch up quickly on the action with Kayo Minis.
Kayo is compatible with Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Telstra TV or Samsung TVs (2017 models and onwards). You can also stream it on your Mac or PC, plus the Kayo Sports app gives you the option to tune in with your Android or iOS device.
Stream Lakers vs Clippers on League Pass
League Pass is the only way you can watch every game of the NBA season. Currently there's three different packages on offer. You can opt for every game, follow a specific team or choose up to eight highlight match ups to watch per month.
Packages are available for either a monthly or annual fee. The prices range from $14.95 per month to $239.99 a year. Thankfully, new customers can check it out with a 7-day free trial.
League Pass is compatible with Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, PC and Mac or Android and iOS devices via the NBA app. There's no dedicated apps for Smart TVs or PlayStation. You can see a full breakdown of packages in our NBA League Pass review.
Who will win Lakers vs Clippers?
The Lakers start favourites with the bookmakers but we like the Clippers' chances of spoiling the opening night party of the defending champions. The NBA off-season has been just 71 days - the shortest ever off-season in the history of the major professional American sports. LeBron, 35, has made it clear he will be easing himself back into the fray.
James even joked on a recent podcast with Barack Obama that he would be "cherry picking the whole first half of the season". Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, in contrast, should be laser focused after last season's play-off disappointment. Clippers for the win.
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