The 2021 NBA Playoffs have arrived! The postseason got underway on Tuesday with the first two games of the Eastern Conference play-in tournament and continues on Wednesday with the Western Conference play-in tournament. The bottom four seeds, No. 7 through No. 10 face off in a mini-tournament to determine the final two seeds for the first round of the playoffs.
ESPN is hosting the Western Conference games, wrapping the night with the No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers and No. 8 Golden State Warriors. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET at Staples Center in LA. The winner secures the No. 7 seed in the first round while the loser will face the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies game.
If you aren’t around a TV to check out this NBA matchup, you can stream the game via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription. If you don’t have a cable login to access ESPN for a live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.
Heading into the most anticipated game of the first two nights of the play-in tournament, the Lakers will enter with a 42-30 record. Los Angeles dealt with injuries to their stars for much of this season, but they are fully healthy with nobody listed on the injury report. The Lakers nearly found themselves inside the top six with their impressive run toward the end of the regular season with five consecutive victories heading into Wednesday night.
Stephen Curry has caught fire for the Warriors, and he clinched the scoring record in the regular season finale as he went for 46 on Sunday to increase his average to 31.8 points per game, edging out Bradley Beal. Golden State will go for their seventh consecutive victory, and they finished 8-1 this month. Kelly Oubre Jr., Klay Thompson and James Wiseman remain out, and Damion Lee is still going to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.