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NBA playoff watch: Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics inch closer to play-in

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With the addition of play-in games to the 2021 NBA playoffs, the scramble for seeding is wilder – and more important – than ever, with almost every game down the stretch having significant postseason implications.

If Friday’s game is any indication, the Pelicans could be in trouble in close games without their closers.

Boston’s loss to the Bulls dropped the Celtics into seventh place in the East, and it only adds to the drama of what are a critical pair of games in Boston against the Miami Heat – now one game ahead of the Celtics – on Sunday and Tuesday. ” – Tim MacMahon

Portland Trail Blazers 106, Los Angeles Lakers 101

What it means for both teams: In a pivotal game in the battle to avoid the play-in tournament in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers not only moved a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the standings with Friday’s victory but also gained the head-to-head tiebreaker by winning the season series 2-1.

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Damian Lillard gets the pass from CJ McCollum and pulls up from just in front of the Blazers’ logo to knock down a dead-eye 3-pointer.

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