The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers in game 3 of the first round NBA playoffs this season. Here we look at the Match Preview and TV Schedule for the game.
The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers tonight with the series tied at 1-1. The Blazers will sweat over the condition of their talisman Damian Lillard who will expected through a finger injury with a splint after a loose ball collision in game 2. Bubble MVP Lillard has been putting up monstrous showings lately and has been hitting clutch baskets to drag the Blazers to the playoffs. With the multi-time all star in such form, rule out the Blazers at your own peril.
The Lakers showed why they coasted to the number one seed in the west as they bossed the Blazers on the defensive end. The best thing for the Lakers was that the squad won despite a bad outing for LeBron James.
The Blazers will look to bounce back after a brutal loss in game 2 but will need to do it against a Lakers who seemed to find their niche after a tough start in the bubble games so far.
Where to watch Blazers vs Lakers on TV and Online?
All NBA games will be available on NBA TV which can be accessed through a NBA League Pass. The NBA TV can be streamed on all platforms. Fans need to buy a NBA League Pass to view the games on NBA TV. The pass can be bought on NBA’s official site.
The game is set for a 8:30 PM ET tip-off and will be streamed live on ABC. Fans can check out fuboTV to watch the game live as well. 620 AM will provide the radio coverage for the game as well.
Blazers vs Lakers preview
The Blazers need to get their offense together as the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Nurkic and Gary Trent Jr. need to provide better support on the offensive end to the back-court duo of Lillard and McCollum. Lillard led the team with 18 points and C.J. McCollum had 13 points in the loss for the Blazers, who shot just 40 percent from the field and 8-for-29 (27.6 percent) from 3-point range.
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The Blazers were dealt another blow when it was revealed that power forward Zach Collins is out for the series. With the Blazers getting dominated in the paint, they will rely more on Nurkic and Whiteside who kept Davis quite in the first game. The Lakers on the other hand need to hit more open shots as their shooting woes could let them down in close games. With Danny Green not looking like star who played pivotal roles in 2 championship victories, the onus falls more on the likes of Kuzma, Caldwell-Pope, Waiters, Smith and Caruso to make up for it.
With Davis looking like the monster everyone expected to see, the Lakers sailed over the line. However, the squad will hope that superstar LeBron James puts up a classic as he is long overdue a huge scoring game. The 3-time NBA champion has continued to facilitate the offense but needs to score more as the Lakers are expected to face sides like Rockets and Clippers in the later rounds.
Blazers starting line-up: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Wenyen Gabriel, Jusuf Nurkic
Lakers starting line-up: LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee