Of all the matchups in the first round of the NBA playoffs, this series should feature by far the most defensive minded basketball. This season, the San Antonio Spurs were second in the NBA in scoring defense (98.1 points per game), while the Memphis Grizzlies were third (100.0 points per game).
The Spurs earned the two-seed in the Western Conference after going 61-21 in the regular season. San Antonio is lead by Kawhi Leonard, who is on the very short list of best two-way players in the league. Leonard made his second straight All-Star team with averages of 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.
Memphis locked up the seven-seed in the West with a 43-39 record in the regular season. This is the Grizzlies’ seventh straight playoff appearance, and they are still backed by the usual trio of Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph. Their championship window most likely closed years ago, but you can guarantee that they will still give the Spurs everything they got.
In last year’s playoffs, these teams met in the first round in the same #2-seed/#7-seed matchup, and the Spurs swept the Grizzlies 4-0. But on a positive note for Memphis, they did split their regular season series against the Spurs 2-2, with the home team winning every game.
Now that the stage has been set, let’s breakdown all of the different ways you can watch these hard-nosed teams slug it out.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies Game 1 Viewing Details
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas
TV Channel: ESPN
Spread: San Antonio -9, O/U 190.5
How To Live Stream San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies Game 1 Online
Your best bet for watching the Spurs battle the Grizzlies via a live stream is WatchESPN. You will need your log-in and password information for your cable or satellite provider and you’re good to go.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the game through Sling TV. Sling TV is a service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computers, or mobile devices for a monthly fee. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet. The service’s Orange package includes ESPN and costs $20 a month, but you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. If you cancel your subscription within the week, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.
You can also live stream ESPN online through DIRECTV NOW. DIRECTV offers a free seven-day trial, so you will receive a full week free before your paid membership begins. If you cancel your subscription within the seven day period, you will not be charged. DIRECTV NOW is available on Desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.
Watch San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies Game 1 On Phone, Tablet Or Mobile
If you can’t watch tonight’s game on your TV or computer, the Worldwide Leader has you covered with the WatchESPN app. As long as you have a cable or satellite provider, you can download the app for free in the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Store, or Windows Store.
You can also watch the game on the Sling app. Sign up for a free Sling trial and download their app from the App Store or Google Play. There is also a Sling app for Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.
DIRECTV has a DIRECTV NOW app on App Store and Google Play where you can watch ESPN for free, using your seven-day trial. You must cancel it before the trial period ends.