Best sports games streaming this week (January 27)
There are cable and satellite subscriptions with compelling add-ons, but sports fans can easily get their fix every week with great games via streaming.
The NFL season is all but over, but Super Bowl Sunday is approaching — and it’s available for streaming! There’s still plenty to cover between the NBA and NHL action, too.
For those who primarily use traditional cable deals for sports consumption, cord-cutting is definitely the way to go. Check out our list of best streaming services for sports fans, and read on for more on this week’s best games.
Super Bowl LIV: Chiefs vs. 49ers
As for the game itself, it has the makings of a matchup for the ages. San Francisco has leaned heavily on its rushing attack for its prior two playoff wins. Coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. have demoralized opponents in that way, which only feeds into the favor of the Niners’ elite defense.
But Patrick Mahomes is almost impossible to defend. The Chiefs quarterback has willed Kansas City to Miami with incredible comeback victories over Houston and Tennessee after facing multiple-score deficits.
Thus, if the Chiefs are trailing at all in Super Bowl LIV, don’t count them out. Mahomes is lethal with his arm and has a ton of weapons — and has led his team in rushing each of the past two games.
The 49ers seem to have the better team, yet the Chiefs have the better quarterback. This showdown could come to the final play, and if the ball is in Mahomes’ hands, brace for something legendary.
NBA on TNT (via YouTube TV/Hulu + Live TV) & ESPN+
Here’s a recommendation: go for YouTube TV or Hulu + Live TV if you’re a sports fan who uses cable subscription for little else. It has the best options overall and is a fraction of the cost of a provider contract.
This way, you can still get TNT and its best NBA games. For this week, both ESPN (stream on ESPN+) and TNT have a ton of action to compensate for the lack of gridiron goodness.
The Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to square off with the Clippers at the Staples Center in the second contest. However, the game was postponed after the tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Wednesday (ESPN) and Thursday (TNT) double features are as follows: Detroit-Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.), then Houston-Portland (10 p.m.); Golden State-Boston (8 p.m.), then Utah-Denver (10:30 p.m.).
The Lakers are in action again on Friday on ESPN as the home team against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. Once again, Portland gets a late-night national TV game (10:30 p.m.), but plenty of intrigue lies in the prior game when Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks travel to play the Houston Rockets (8 p.m.).
NHL on ESPN+
ESPN+ itself is only $4.99 per month, yet with those other services bundled in, it’s great. And hey, if you’re a hockey fan, all the better for it then!
One of the week’s most high-powered matchups is Tuesday’s 9 p.m. ET face-off between the West-leading St. Louis Blues and hosting Calgary Flames. St. Louis is clearly carrying momentum from last year’s Stanley Cup title run, while Calgary could use a win to keep pace amid a packed playoff picture.
The puck drops Friday at 7 p.m. for the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Always a heated intrastate battle, Pittsburgh enters the week with an NHL-best 18 home wins, but Philadelphia is only three points back of fourth in the East standings.
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