After taking the third seed in the NBA Western Conference for the second straight year, the Portland Trail Blazers will hope to avoid the same humiliation they experienced last season when they were upset — and swept — in the first round by the sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans, per Basketball Reference. This time around, however, the Blazers face a team that swept them in all four meetings during the regular season, the Oklahoma City Thunder, when they open their first-round playoff series in Sunday’s game that will live stream from Oregon.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers opening game of their first-round NBA Western Conference Playoff series, see the streaming info at the bottom of this article. The matchup gets underway at 12:30 p.m. PT at the 19,400-seat Moda Center at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, April 14.
That start time is 3:30 p.m. ET and 2:30 Central. In the United Kingdom, tip-off time will be 8:30 p.m. British Summer Time.
In their 49 NBA seasons, Portland has won only a single championship, and that came back in the 1977-1978 season, when they were led by center Bill Walton, per Basketball Reference.
Oklahoma City played in Seattle as the SuperSonics from 1967 to 2008, but won only one title in that time, in 1979. Since moving to Oklahoma City, the franchise has made just one Finals appearance, losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012.
Portland has now lost 10 consecutive playoff games, per NBA.com, but they feature one the league’s most potent offensive forces in Damian Lillard, who is one of just three NBA players to average at least 25 points per game in each of the last four seasons.
But the Blazers will be missing center Jusuf Nurkic, who went down with a leg injury last month and remains unavailable throughout the playoffs, according to Hoops Habit.
To watch a free live stream of the Sunday afternoon Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA playoff showdown, log in to ESPN3, the online-only network offered by sports broadcasting giant ESPN. ESPN3 is free of charge to anyone with internet service provider login credentials, and is available through the ESPN and WatchESPN apps for mobile devices, as well as on set-top streaming boxes, such as Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire.
But another way to watch the important Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA game with a free live stream, but without a cable subscription, is for fans to sign up for a free trial of one of the streaming TV services, such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, or DirecTV Now. All of these services require credit card information and will charge subscription fees, but they each offer a free seven-day trial period, during which fans can watch the game.
To watch the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers match in the United Kingdom, viewers can tune into Sky Sports Arena, which will broadcast the game.
For a complete list of broadcast and live streaming sources in dozens of other countries around the world, see the listings at NBA.com.