This could be it for the Lakers and Blazers: Here’s how they can force Game 7

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  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

How can the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers extend their series on Thursday?

The Lakers and the Blazers both face must-win Game 6s at home after losing Tuesday on the road in their series, previously tied 2-2, albeit in very different fashions. With Anthony Davis sidelined by a groin strain, the Lakers were never competitive against the Phoenix Suns, while Damian Lillard’s clutch shot-making pushed the Denver Nuggets to double overtime in Game 5 before Portland fell short.

As recently as Saturday, when the Blazers blew out the Nuggets at home and the Lakers led their series 2-1 prior to Davis’ injury, it looked like we might get a Lakers-Blazers matchup in the conference semifinals.

How can each keep that hope alive with their seasons on the line?

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