The Jazz vs. Lakers live stream online and televised 2016 NBA game will bring an end to the 20-year career of superstar player Kobe Bryant. It’s only fitting that Kobe’s final game will take place on his home court of the Staples Center, where he’s spent an entire career. Making tonight’s game even more enticing is the fact that Los Angeles has been out of contention for several months now, but Utah still has a shot to grab the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings. Will they edge out the Houston Rockets, or will the legendary Kobe Bryant stop them with a memorable final performance on the court? The 2016 NBA live streaming and televised matchup arrives via ESPN networks.
As reported by ESPN.com on April 12, the 40-41 Utah Jazz will need to win tonight’s away game at Los Angeles on what will be a memorable finale for Kobe Bryant as he retires from the league. Not only will the Jazz need to capture a victory on Kobe’s final night, but they’ll also need some help from the Sacramento Kings who are scheduled to play at Houston. All the Rockets (40-41) need to do is win in order to grab that final playoff spot via a tiebreaker, adding interest to these games. The Jazz may already know their fate early into the game against the Lakers though, but that shouldn’t stop fans from showing up or tuning in to see Kobe’s sendoff.
It’s expected to be a crazy night all around, as this game goes down at the same time as the Golden State Warriors are attempting to break the all-time single season wins record. Miles across the state will be a sold out Staples Center which will also have somewhere between 400 and 500 credentialed media members in attendance to witness Kobe’s final game. About two dozen of Kobe’s teammates over the years will be there to honor him, including Shaquille O’Neal. For those wondering if Kobe will simply play the first half and then sit, it doesn’t seem to be the case as his coach has said he plans for him to get a lot of shots and minutes in tonight’s grand finale. Based on that, Staples Center and everyone viewing worldwide may get to see a fitting sendoff for a true NBA legend.
Odds makers have Los Angeles as a four-point home underdog for tonight’s big game. Neither the Lakers nor the Jazz have been too impressive against the spread this season. Utah is 22-15 as the favorite though and 19-19-2 on the road, while the Lakers are 34-39 as underdogs and 19-21 ATS at home. The Utah Jazz will be priced as -170 favorites on the moneyline, with Los Angeles as a +150 underdog. Tonight’s over/under total is at 195 points for the complete game. The last time these two teams met was back on March 28 with Utah routing the Lakers 123-75, making it Kobe’s worst loss ever, so it would be surprising for that to be repeated on his final night.
The Jazz vs. Lakers game gets started at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time (7:30 Pacific Time) on Wednesday evening. United States television viewers can watch live TV coverage on ESPN2 channel. To watch the game live streaming online, U.S. cable and satellite viewers can log into their WatchESPN mobile apps or the website. SlingTV is a great free ESPN live streaming option for new customers who sign up on their website for a 7-day trial. For live audio commentary for tonight’s game, Sirius XM Satellite Radio listeners should go to premium channel 212 for Los Angeles Lakers coverage or channel 81 for Utah Jazz coverage starting at 10:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday.