Despite a shaky second half of the season, the Portland Trail Blazers have started to rebound.
Portland has won its last five games and reestablished itself as a contender in the Western Conference, chasing the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top spot and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Lakers, however, have not recovered from an injury-ravaged season and sit well outside the postseason picture.
To catch the Thunder and maintain consistency in a competitive playoff picture, the Blazers needed to win Monday's game.
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