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Nets vs Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA Christmas Day game online

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will play in the Nets vs Lakers live stream, an NBA Christmas Day game
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Nets vs Lakers start time, channel

The Nets vs Lakers live stream is scheduled to start begin at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT today (Dec. 25).
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN via Sling or Fubo.TV
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free 

The Nets vs Lakers live stream is here, and this Christmas Day NBA game features a seriously depleted roster flying to Los Angeles. And in the other meta-level of this NBA live stream, we'll be watching the christening of the newly-renamed Crypto.com Arena, as the Staples Center name is no more after Friday (Dec. 24).

So, let's start with the good news for the Brooklyn squad. James Harden has cleared the NBA's health and protocols. As have Paul Millsap and Jevon Carter. And that's all the good news.

The Nets currently have a whopping 10 players in Covid-19 protocols, as LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre' Bembry, Bruce Brown, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Johnson and Day'Ron Sharpe have just been joined by rookies David Duke Jr., Kessler Edwards and Cameron Thomas. 

Across the court, Los Angeles has some minor good news. 12 points separate LeBron James from Kobe Bryant on the NBA's all-time scoring list ... for Christmas Day. It's expected he'll pass that. Bryant achieved his 395 points across 16 Christmas games, and this will be LeBron's 16th. James, though, also earned controversy points, by sharing a meme comparing the common cold, the flu and Covid-19 to the three Spider-Men pointing at each other, with the caption "Help me out folks." He certainly needs help on this one.

How to avoid Nets vs Lakers blackouts with a VPN

If you've had to leave your own "bubble" -- or you've been hit by a dreaded local blackout -- and you can't watch Nets vs Lakers 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. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well. Here are our top picks.

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Nets vs Lakers live streams in the US

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In the U.S. Nets vs Lakers airs on ESPN, tipping off at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT today (December 25).

If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package, you'll be able to get this game on Sling TV  and FuboTV. But while we love Fubo for a lot of sports, it doesn't have TNT, which is a big no-no for NBA season.

ESPN and TNT are both included in the Sling Orange package, which costs $35. Sling will be a perfect place to watch all of the NBA playoffs, as ABC games will simulcast on ESPN3, and Sling Orange gets you TNT, ESPN, ESPN3, and its Sports Extra pack gets you NBA TV.

Sling and Fubo are two of the picks on our best streaming services list, but we go with Sling here even though it doesn't have ABC (though you can get it with one of the best TV antennas), as those games will be on ESPN3.

Sling TV

Sling TV: You can get ESPN and TNT in the Sling Orange package. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and many more.

Fubo.TV

Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with ESPN, and the top pick for watching all of the 2021 NFL live streams, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the two cable channels you don't want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front.

Nets vs Lakers live streams in the UK

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British basketball fans don't get every NBA game, but Sky Sports has this one! The Nets vs Lakers game is on Sky Sports Mix starting at ... oh boy ... 1 a.m. GMT.

NBA League Pass is also available in the U.K., as an alternative.

Nets vs Lakers live streams in Canada

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Hoops fans in Canada can catch Nets vs Lakers live streams on TSN, which can be added to their cable package. The game is on TSN4.

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

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