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What channel is Lakers vs. Nuggets to see today? Time, TV schedule, live stream for Game 1 of the 2024 NBA Playoffs series

Denver begins its quest for back-to-back NBA titles against the same opponent it defeated last season to win the Western Conference: the Los Angeles Lakers.

The second-seeded Nuggets will host the seventh-seeded Lakers in Game 1 of the first-round series on Saturday night at 8:30 PM ET.

Nikola Jokic and his team had no trouble with Los Angeles in the playoffs last year, eliminating the Lakers in a four-game clean sweep. Jokic dominated, averaging 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists in the series.

In fact, Denver has had few problems with the lakes over the past two-plus years. The Nuggets enter the series having won their last eight games against Los Angeles, including the postseason.

The Lakers will look to keep the momentum going after winning the No. 7 vs. No. 8 Play-In game on Tuesday night, earning a 110-106 victory over the Pelicans.

Since falling to 36-32 on March 16, the Lakers have won 12 of their last 15 games at the perfect time. Anthony Davis and LeBron James, both healthy, remain the focal points, but Los Angeles’ success may be determined by complementary pieces like Austin Reeves, Rui Hachimura and D’Angelo Russell. All three scored in double figures on Tuesday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Game 1 of Lakers vs. Nuggets.

What channel is Lakers vs. Nuggets to see today?

  • TV channel: ABC
  • Live stream: Sling, NordVPN

Game 1 of Lakers vs. Nuggets airs nationally on ABC. Fans can also stream the game on Sling.

Home to avid sports fans, Sling offers a variety of sports channels so you can always cheer on your favorite teams with channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT, NFL Network, FS1 and more.


In the UK, select play-off matches will be available to watch on TNT Sports and stream on Discovery+. In India, fans can watch select playoff matches on Sports 18 and JioCinema (check local listings). Games can also be streamed through NBA League Pass.

If a game cannot be watched live at your location, or if you are traveling abroad, you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs provide a secure and private online connection, allowing you to bypass geo-restrictions and access your favorite streaming service from any device, anywhere in the world.

Start time Lakers vs. Nuggets

  • Date: Saturday April 20
  • Time: 8:30 PM ET | 5:30 PM PT

Lakers vs. Nuggets will tip off on Saturday, April 20 around 8:30 PM ET. The match will be played at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.

Denver, as the No. 2 seed, has home field advantage and will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. Los Angeles will host Games 3, 4 and 6.

Lakers vs. Nuggets Tickets

Tickets for NBA Playoff games are now available on StubHub. You can view the seating charts for games by clicking the link below.

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Lakers vs. Nuggets odds via BetMGM

Denver is a 7.5-point favorite heading into Game 1. For the full market, visit BetMGM, an authorized gaming operator of the NBA.

Game lines Lakers Gold nuggets
Scatter +7.5 -7.5
Moneyline +240 -300


Lakers vs. Nuggets schedule

Here is the full schedule for the NBA Playoff series between the Lakers and Nuggets:

(7) Lakers vs. (2) Nuggets

Date Game Time (ET) TV/Livestream
20th of April Game 1 8:30 in the evening ABC, pendulum
April 22nd Game 2 10 p.m TNT, Slinger
April 25 Game 3 10 p.m TNT, Slinger
April 27th Game 4 8:30 in the evening ABC, pendulum
April 29 Game 5* To be determined To be determined
May 2 Game 6* To be determined To be determined
4th of May Game 7* To be determined TNT, Slinger

*If necessary