Thursday night features a doubleheader of NBA action thanks to the TNT networks. In the first of the two games, the Eastern Conference is on display along with the league's top player, LeBron James and his Cavs team taking on the Bulls. The nightcap game will feature two possible Western Conference playoff teams. James Harden and the Houston Rockets will look to bounce back from their recent loss while Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers try for their fifth-straight victory. Here's a look at how to watch the Rockets vs. Trail Blazers live online or on TV, as well as the matchup preview.

Houston vs. Portland preview

In their previous game, the Houston Rockets fell to the Golden State Warriors, 113-106. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 57 points including eight three-pointers. James Harden finished with a triple-double of 24 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds in the loss. He'll now try to guide his Rockets team to a road win over a Portland team clinging to a No. 8 seed in the West.

Nonetheless, the Trail Blazers (36-38) are among the hottest teams in the league not named the Warriors. While Golden State has won nine straight and is 9-1 over their last 10 games, Portland has put together a nice run of their own, going 8-2 over the last 10. The Blazers are winners of their last four games including a crucial 122-113 win over Denver to help them gain better control of the eighth seed.

For tonight's point spread, the Rockets will be one-point road favorites. On the moneyline they'll be -115 favorites, just slightly above Portland's price of -105. The over/under points total is 231 points for the complete game, so this could be a high-scoring affair at the Moda Center.

How to watch the game live

Thursday night's Rockets vs. Trail Blazers game gets started at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This game will be part of the doubleheader on TNT available for cable and satellite TV viewers to watch. It may also be available to NBA League Pass subscribers unless there are blackout restrictions.

To watch the NBA game live streaming online, cable and satellite subscribers can log into the TNTDrama website or any compatible TNT mobile apps. Additionally, a free live stream option is the SlingTV free one-week trial offer. Customers who sign up should choose the Sling Blue channel package in order to get TNT as part of their lineup.

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