Lakers vs Trail Blazers live stream: How to watch Game 5 of the NBA playoffs online

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Lakers vs Trail Blazers game 5 start time, channel

Lakers vs Trail Blazers game 5 is tipping off Saturday, August 29 at 9 p.m. ET. Playoff games will be on TNT, ESPN and ABC, full schedule below.

The NBA Playoffs is back on. The Lakers vs Trail Blazers game 5 will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

However, the Lakers vs Trail Blazers live stream will be missing a star player, and that should give Los Angeles a key advantage as it tries to move on to the Western Conference semifinals.

This Western Conference match-up has been very entertaining, thanks to the play of Portland star Damian Lillard. But with his reported absence due to a knee sprain and Los Angeles already up 3-1, it seems likely that Lakers superstar duo LeBron James and Anthony Davis will move on to the next round of the NBA playoffs.

The No. 8 Trail Blazers have given the top seed a much tougher series than many anticipated, thanks to the red-hot Lillard, who was voted the MVP of the NBA bubble in Orlando. Unfortunately, he will not be playing in this pivotal game.

The Lakers have been on fire since losing game 1, with Lebron in particular on the warpath to get to the next round of the playoffs. L.A. crushed the Trail Blazers in Monday's game 4, which honored late Lakers star Kobe Bryant with a "Black Mamba" night. 

So, here is everything you need to watch the Lakers vs Trail Blazers live stream for game 5.

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If you've had to leave your own "bubble" -- or you've been hit by a dreaded local blackout -- and you can't watch Lakers vs Trail Blazers live streams on cable, you're not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

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Lakers vs Trail Blazers live streams in the US

In the U.S., viewers can watch Lakers vs Trail Blazers game 5 Saturday, August 29 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. We've got the full series schedule, with start times and channels, below. 

If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package, you can watch Lakers vs Trail Blazers on Sling TV and sports fan favorite fuboTV.

They are two of the picks on our best streaming services list. ESPN and TNT are both included in the Sling Orange package, which costs $30. Other NBA 2020 Playoffs games will be on ABC, so pick Fubo for access to the broadcast channel (Sling doesn't have ABC).

Sling TV:

<a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sling TV: You can get both TNT and ESPN in the Sling Orange package. The more than 30 channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and TNT.


<a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fubo.TV: If you love sports, you probably want to check out Fubo.TV. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front, and in addition to all three channels you'll need for this series, it's also got top TV channels, including Bravo, FX, MTV and USA. Plus, it's got NBA TV (in the $5.99 fubo Extra add-on), which will have other playoff games.

Lakers vs Trail Blazers live streams in the UK

British basketball fans will have to stay up late, but they can catch the Lakers vs Trail Blazers live stream at at 2 a.m. BST. The game will air on  Sky Sports, and those without Sky Sports can pick it up from Now TV, with prices starting at £9.99.

NBA League Pass is also available in the U.K., at £42.99 for the rest of the year and serves up all of the games with no blackouts.

Lakers vs Trail Blazers live streams in Canada

Hoops fans in Canada can watch Lakers vs Trail Blazers game 5 air on TSN, which can be added to your package if you don't have it already.

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

Lakers vs Trail Blazers series schedule

(all times ET)

  • Game 1: Trail Blazers 100, Lakers 93
  • Game 2: Lakers 111, Trail Blazers 88
  • Game 3: Lakers 116, Trail Blazers 108
  • Game 4: Lakers 135, Trail Blazers 115
  • Game 5: Sat., Aug 29, 9 p.m. ET, TNT
  • *Game 6: TBD
  • *Game 7: TBD

* = if necessary

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.