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Preview: Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Preview: Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers (48-26) lost a critical game on Wednesday night to the Clippers (50-26), weakening the Blazers' chance at home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

They'll visit the Lakers (20-54) on Friday night at Staples Center.

The Lakers are coming off a Wednesday night loss to the New Orleans Pelicans (40-34), suffering yet another season-ending injury, with Wayne Ellington going down with a separated shoulder.

Nick Young is also out with a knee injury, while Ronnie Price (elbow), Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (knee) are all done for the year.

Dorell Wright won't play on Friday, after suffering a broken hand against the...