Lakers vs. Warriors: Watch NBA opening night online, live stream, TV channel, start time, odds, prediction

TNT will provide coverage for the NBA’s opening night matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers. The game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The Warriors and Lakers faced each other twice during the preseason, but neither squad showed much of their hand or treated the game as they would a regular-season game. The Lakers have a few injuries to rotation players but are deep enough to not suffer much of a blow. Meanwhile, the Warriors are still without Klay Thompson, who should be back around Christmas time. With the showdown on Tuesday being real, the game should be fun and competitive.

The Lakers are 3.5-point favorites at home in the opener on DraftKings Sportsbook. The Lakers are also -155 favorites on the moneyline while the Dubs are +135. The over/under is at a reasonable 228, which is still relatively high. We know the Dubs are going to run and play up in pace, but the Lakers could also return to being one of the top defensive teams in the NBA.

Warriors vs. Lakers NBA Opening Night TV Info
Game date: Tuesday, October 19th
Game time: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: TNT
Live stream: Watch Here

Lakers: For the third time in four seasons, the Lakers are introducing a new superstar into the mix on opening night. The additions of LeBron James and Anthony Davis led to a championship in 2020, but how will Russell Westbrook fare with the already-established duo? It’s an uncomfortable fit to say the least. James and Davis have thrived with shooting surrounding them. Westbrook provides almost none of that, but his playmaking will take some of the burden off of James to run the entire Laker offense.

They’ll have their work cut out for them in this matchup, though, because right now, the Lakers are at considerably less than full strength. Talen Horton-Tucker and Trevor Ariza are both expected to miss roughly eight weeks due to injury. Malik Monk, Kendrick Nunn and Wayne Ellington are all day-to-day as well. The Lakers are going to have to shuffle their rotation around quite a bit in the coming days, and opening night will be our first glimpse at how they want to manage this roster.

Warriors: The Warriors opened last season with a developmental mindset. James Wiseman was a starter. Kelly Oubre was given a chance to earn a place in the long-term core. Players fresh out of the G-League were overloaded with opportunities to prove they belonged in the NBA. And then Wiseman and Oubre got hurt, the Warriors needed to get serious to reach the postseason, and lo and behold, they went 14-5 following Wiseman’s injury. When Stephen Curry and Draymond Green play with solid veterans, they remain among the NBA’s best duos.

So the question entering this season becomes just how dedicated the Warriors are to winning right now? Wiseman is still out, but rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody will need developmental minutes. Can the Warriors sacrifice those minutes if their goal is to win the championship? Is the goal to win with Curry, or build a team that can win after he’s gone? Opening night will be Steve Kerr’s first chance to balance those two competing agendas.

Prediction
LeBron James hasn’t won a single opening night game since joining the Lakers. He lost his debut games with the Heat and Cavaliers (the second time around) as well. History says that LeBron needs time to adjust to new teammates, and Russell Westbrook is about as difficult to adjust to as any teammate in NBA history. For now, that makes the Warriors the wise pick as an underdog. Pick: Warriors +4

What channel is Warriors vs. Lakers on and when does it start

The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers open up the 2021-22 season on Tuesday night. We tell you how to watch the game and what channel its on.

By Ryan