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Lakers continue chase for top spot in West

Apr 2, 2008 - 2:03 PM Portland (38-36) at LA Lakers (50-24) 10:30 pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) - The Portland Trail Blazers have stated their goal this season is to reach the .500 mark - a level the Los Angeles Lakers will have to play above if they hope to secure the top spot in the Western Conference.

With center Pau Gasol expected to play for the first time in 10 games, the Lakers go for their second straight win when they meet the Blazers on Tuesday.

The Lakers, 5-4 in nine games without Gasol (ankle), are 1 1/2 games behind New Orleans (51-22) and San Antonio (52-23) in the Western Conference race.

On Sunday, they snapped a two-game losing streak, outlasting the Washington Wizards in overtime, 126-120.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and dished a season-high 13 assists for the Lakers, who also snapped a three-game home losing streak.

Meanwhile, with Portland all but mathematically eliminated from the postseason, the Blazers want nothing more than to reach 41 wins - a number that would guarantee a nine-game improvement the 32-50 mark from a season ago.

The Blazers are in 10th place in the West, 7 1/2 games behind eighth-place Denver (46-29).

Portland continues to be without standout Brandon Roy, who suffered a groin injury last week. The All-Star guard is expected to miss at least two more games and could be shut down for the season once the team is eliminated from playoff contention.








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