The Thunder vs. Lakers live stream online and televised game coverage will wrap up a doubleheader on Friday night, as superstar Kobe Bryant continues his farewell tour. In this 2016 NBA matchup, Kobe and his squad will host the 25-11 Oklahoma City Thunder featuring several other All-Star frontrunners, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The 8-29 Lakers haven’t exactly made much noise in Bryant’s final season, but with Kobe on the court almost anything is possible in each game. Can they pull off the upset at Staples Center? Friday’s 2016 NBA live streaming and televised coverage will be presented through ESPN networks.
According to Sports Illustrated in their Jan. 8 report, Kobe’s tour made its final trip to face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. Bryant led all scorers with 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting. The game ended 118-115 in favor of Sacramento, but it had looked like a blowout throughout, with the Kings up by as much as 27 points. However, Los Angeles had a furious comeback led by D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson who combined for 23 points in the fourth quarter. Point guard Rajon Rondo hit a go-ahead runner with 21.7 seconds to go and then DeMarcus Cousins added two clutch free throws with 6.8 seconds to go to help seal the deal. Lou Williams’ three-point shot which could’ve tied things up was off the mark in the final seconds. Tonight they face a team that’s beat them twice already this season, each time by at least 35 points.
Oklahoma City will come into the Staples Center off a 112-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies last night. Kevin Durant finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds in the win, while his fellow All-Star, Russell Westbrook added 20 points, seven assists and seven boards. As of right now, Durant and Westbrook are the No. 3 and No. 6 leaders in points per game in the league. Durant, who is averaging 26.6 a contest is a bit under three points per game below leader Stephen Curry, and less than two points per game below his former teammate James Harden. The Thunder rank second in the league in points per game at 108.6 a game and are third in point differential, as they outscore opponents by an average of 8.1 points a contest.
It’s no surprise that the Thunder are large favorites as they defeated Los Angeles at home 120-85 back on Dec. 23. Vegas odds makers first listed Oklahoma City as 13-point favorites on the spread for tonight’s contest, with the Thunder now listed as high as 14-1/2 point favorites ahead of the game. For the moneyline, OKC is a whopping -2500 favorite, while the Lakers are +1400 underdogs at home. Tonight’s points total is set around 210 for the complete game. On the future odds list, Oklahoma City is a 14 to 1 favorite to win the NBA Finals, ranking fourth behind the Spurs, Cavs and overall favorites, the Golden State Warriors.
Friday’s Thunder vs. Lakers game has a scheduled start time of 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Live televised coverage will be available to United States viewers on ESPN. For live streaming online coverage, fans can watch the game feed through WatchESPN. A valid cable or satellite log-in is necessary to use the service online via web portal or mobile apps. Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also have live audio commentary starting at 10:15 p.m. ET on SIRI channel 207 for the Lakers or Internet channel 900 for the Thunder.