The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 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 in the second game of their playoff series with the Blazers leading 1-0. The Blazers shocked everyone with a victory as Lillard, Trent Jr and Melo all scored clutch baskets in the dying moments of the game to hand them the initiative.
The Lakers continue to shoot the ball after another woeful display from the entire squad. With Davis seemingly struggling to adjust to the length of the Blazers defense and the squad lacking a third scorer, the game might end up being decided by LeBron James for his side.
The game was decided in the end by the team which ended up making the lesser number of errors as both the squads looked a tad-off in game 1. Expect some massive offensive performances from the likes fo
The Blazers have virtually played their seeding games as playoff games and their recent hot-form has helped them to overcome tough situations in the bubble games so far. With “Dame Time” in full flow, the Blazers will fancy their chances to win another game and take a massive 2-0 lead against LeBron and co.
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 9 PM ET tip-off and will be streamed live on NBCSNW, ESPN and 620 AM(radio coverage). Fans can check out fuboTV to watch the game live as well.
Blazers vs Lakers preview
The Lakers were hindered by Hassan Whiteside who stepped up to the task after Nurkic landed in foul-trouble. The Blazers back-court of Lillard and McCollum dominated the Lakers’ defense as the squad sorely missed the presence of Bradley. With Melo and Gary Trent Jr. making clutch shots and Nurkic providing the aggressive impetus at the basket, the Blazers look a well-oiled offensive machine.
On the other hand, the Lakers’ starting line-up hasn’t clicked and landed them in trouble from the start itself as they trailed by as many as 16 points early in the game. The Lakers’ lack of shooting abilities were exposed as the squad were unable to knock down open shots. With Davis and LeBron struggling from the free-throw line as well, the Lakers offense looks a mess.
Handled business tonight, but our work isn’t finished.
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) August 19, 2020
The only hope for the squad at this point is the emergence of “Playoff LeBron” in game 1 who completed his 24th triple-double in his NBA playoff career. If his teammates would have had knocked down open shots, the King would have ended up with 25 assists or maybe even more. LeBron showed his range of passing in game 2 but will need to knock down more baskets to lift the offense. The least head coach Frank Vogel would expect from the Lakers will be to knock down free-throws and open shots.
The Lakers will lean on the all-star duo of LeBron and Davis to propel their floundering offense. With the Blazers stars playing a lot of minutes already in the bubble, LeBron and co. will hope to exploit it. With Damian Lillard putting up monster numbers, anything less than brilliant performances from LeBron or Davis will likely put the Lakers 2-0 down.
Blazers starting line-up: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Gary Trent Jr, Carmelo Anthony, Jusuf Nurkic
Lakers starting line-up: LeBron James, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee