On Friday night, basketball fans will watch Celtics vs. Cavs live streaming online and televised action as Game 6 hits Cleveland. LeBron has tried to shoulder the load as his latest Cavaliers team seems to be having trouble with a shorthanded Celtics squad. With Jayson Tatum seeming to shine brighter as a new star in the league with every game he plays, will he and Boston put the Cavs away on their home court? Here's the latest game preview with matchup odds, start time, and how to watch the Celtics vs. Cavs live streaming online.

Game 6 preview

It's a "do or die" game for the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

After another standout performance from rookie Jayson Tatum in Game 4, the Celtics were able to take a 3-2 lead in the series. That means LeBron James could be on his way out of the postseason before the NBA Finals for the first time in nine seasons. Luckily, the Cavs have home court advantage on their side where they won Game 3 and Game 4 of the series. Now they'll try to tie it up again.

The "King" takes the court on the heels of another All-NBA 1st team selection during his legendary career. Tonight's game could mark the final appearance for LeBron James in a Cleveland Cavaliers [VIDEO] uniform, based on rumors that he'll opt to join another team next season. As ESPN mentioned in their game preview, LeBron also plays well under pressure, though. For his career, he's averaged over 33 points in games when his team was facing elimination.

Going back to the 2015 NBA Playoffs, LeBron has participated in seven elimination games. In those games, his averages are nearly 37 points, 12 rebounds, and just over nine assists per game. Fans will be watching anxiously to see if "King" James can help his team stay alive yet again, or if he'll possibly be ready to leave Cleveland.

With their backs against the wall, the Cleveland Cavs are favored to win tonight's crucial game by seven points. On the moneyline, the Cavaliers are -320 favorites, while the Boston Celtics [VIDEO] are +260 underdogs. For the points total, bettors are looking at 201.5 points for the complete game.

How to watch it live

Friday night's Game 6 featuring the Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers has a scheduled start time of 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Live televised game coverage comes exclusively from ESPN. Cable and satellite subscribers with ESPN as part of their channel package can watch the game live streaming online through the WatchESPN website and mobile apps.

For those viewers without ESPN but who have access to a hi-speed internet connection, there are other ways to watch the Celtics vs. Cavs live stream feeds. Popular channel streaming services will allow viewers to watch the game. Many of these services, including Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now may offer special trial offers for new customers, including a free week to test the service. See more details at the respective service's websites for how to sign up and watch tonight's game live online.