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NBA - US Sports: Lakers hoping for double boost for key clash

Los Angeles Lakers entertain New Orleans Pelicans in a crucial clash in terms of their bid for a place in the play-in tournament on Friday and reports indicate both Anthony Davis and LeBron James could return for the game.

The Lakers are 4/5 to win in the Money Line and the Pelicans can be backed at 21/20.

Crunch time in LA

The Lakers are tied for 10th place in the Western Conference with San Antonio Spurs with six regular season games remaining, with both teams having identical 31-45 overall records.

The Pelicans sit in ninth place and are two games ahead of the Lakers and the Spurs, who play Portland Trail Blazers in San Antonio on Friday.

The visit of New Orleans could go a long way towards deciding whether or not the LA outfit are involved in the postseason and they may be able to call on their two star men.

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Davis has been missing since mid-February with a foot injury but reports indicate he will be available for Friday's make-or-break showdown.

James has missed the last two games with an ankle injury but is also expected to return as the Lakers look to end a four-game losing run and reignite their postseason hopes.

Door still open for Minnesota

The top six looks close to being decided in the West but Minnesota Timberwolves could yet force their way into the automatic playoff places and they face a key trip to Denver Nuggets on Friday.

The Nuggets sit one place ahead of the Timberwolves and are three games ahead of them, meaning a win for Denver would probably be enough to ensure they claim a top-six seed but a defeat would leave the door open for Minnesota.

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