The Portland Trail Blazers will take a trip to South Beach on Saturday night to face the Miami Heat. After a solid start to the season, the Blazers will look to take advantage of a ‘middle of the road’ team like the Heat at American Airlines Arena.
The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Northwest (in Blazers markets) and Fox Sports Sun (in Heat markets). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone, tablet or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
How to Watch Blazers vs Heat Online if You’re in Market
NBC Sports Northwest (local markets) and Fox Sports Sun (local markets) are included in the main Fubo bundle, which has 85 total channels and is tailored towards sports. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch games up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including NBC Sports Northwest (local markets) and Fox Sports Sun (local markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox Sports Sun (local markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package, but NBC Sports Northwest is not available on Sling. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
How to Watch Blazers vs Heat Online if You’re Out of Market
If you live outside of the Blazers or Heat area, all out-of-market, non-nationally televised games can be watched through NBA League Pass. You can sign up and watch through a number of different platforms:
You can sign up for either NBA League Pass, which lets you watch all out-of-market games, or NBA Team Pass, which lets you watch all of one team’s games if they’re out of market. Once signed up, you’ll be able to watch games on your computer via the NBA.com website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NBA app.
If you have FuboTV or sign up for a new subscription, you can add NBA League Pass to your channel bundle. After signing up, you’ll be able to watch games on your computer via the Fubo website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Fubo app.
If you have Sling TV or sign up for a new subscription, you can add NBA League Pass or NBA Team Pass to your channel bundle. Once signed up, you’ll be able to watch games on your computer via the Sling website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling app.
The Portland Trail Blazers are no strangers to having decent regular season success. In a loaded up Western Conference, the Blazers always manage to stay relevant before the postseason, and nothing about that has changed this year as they head into Saturday Night’s game with an impressive record of 3-1.
Two nights ago, the Blazers were playing in Central Florida, against the Orlando Magic. As expected, they took care of business and convincingly dominated the Magic 128-114, with a tremendous night by Blazers’ Guard, Damian Lillard. He dropped 41 points in 36 minutes on the court. Lillard is not to be taken lightly by the Heat on Saturday as he is averaging an impressive 31.8 points-per-game on the season.
With the Blazers entering into Miami on a hot streak, the Heat need to keep building off of their momentum that they built on Wednesday night when they dominated the New York Knicks by 23 points. It’s clear that the Heat aren’t really hitting their stride yet, as they have struggled to squeak out of close games without the win. That’s not to say the Heat aren’t a good basketball team, but they have had issues with finishing games this season.
It doesn’t help that the long list of injuries continues to grow. Shooting Guard Dion Waiters, and Power Forward James Johnson are ruled out, as Wayne Ellington, Justise Winslow, and Derrick Jones Jr. remain listed as day-to-day on the injury report. Although the Heat is short-staffed once again, this will be nothing new to them as they have been playing with thin depth since the preseason.
Surprisingly, Vegas favored Miami at home on Saturday, as nobody assumes that Lillard can emulate what he did on the road just a couple of nights ago. But even if he doesn’t, the Heat are still going to have their hands full with C.J. McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic on the defensive side of things.
Meanwhile, Al-Farouq Aminu and Nurkic have been dominant on the boards game, issuing a very tough matchup for Hassan Whiteside on the low-end of the court. The Heat will have to take advantage of the home-court factor, and send the Trail Blazers out of Florida and back to Portland with a 1-1 outcome on their road trip.
Source: Heavy Sports