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How to watch Mavericks-Lakers on ABC/ESPN via live online stream

The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers square off on the NBA’s Christmas schedule. We break down how to watch the game via live online stream.

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LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers share a conversation during a game against the LA Clippers on December 22, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA is back for its annual Christmas extravaganza. In 2020, we get five games starting at noon and running until the finale tips at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Los Angeles Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks in the penultimate game of the day. ABC will air the contest at 8 p.m. ET and it will simulcast on ESPN.

If you can’t watch this game on TV, you have the option to stream the matchup on WatchESPN or on mobile with the ESPN app, both of which require a cable log-in. If you don’t have cable, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the NBA Christmas schedule.

The game is often a little bit delayed on live streams, but usually it’s only between 30 and 60 seconds behind the TV broadcast. That can impact you if you’re on Twitter during the game, but otherwise it’s an easy option.

The Mavericks lost their opener, a 106-102 road loss to the Suns. The Lakers lost their home opener, dropping a 116-109 decision to the Clippers. The Lakers are a 6.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and the point total is installed at 227.