The 2021 NBA Playoffs continue on Thursday with a pair of Game 6s you will not want to miss.
Tonight's schedule consists of two teams with the opportunity to close out a first-round series, with the Denver Nuggets looking to eliminate the Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns trying to end the Los Angeles Lakers' title defence.
For more information on what and where to watch these games, we have you covered below.
Game 6: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets
Series: Nuggets lead 3-2
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: TSN 1/3/4 (CA); TNT (US)
If Game 6 is going to be anything like Game 5, get your drinks and snacks in order early because you won't want to miss a second of this one.
Damian Lillard is coming off of a ridiculous career-high 55-point performance that included an NBA Playoff record-setting 12 3-pointers, two of which helped the Trail Blazers force overtime...
DAME TIME TO FORCE OVERTIME! 🤯@Dame_Lillard launches from distance to send Blazers/Nuggets Game 5 to overtime on NBA TV! pic.twitter.com/slDNXhEstW- NBA (@NBA) June 2, 2021
...and then double-overtime.
🚨 DAME DOES IT AGAIN!! ARE YOU KIDDING!!??- NBA (@NBA) June 2, 2021
LILLARD BURIES IT TO GET TO 50 POINTS AND FORCE DOUBLE OT ON NBA TV! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/z4fnJXSRGE
But his team still came up short of a win.
Lillard's teammates will need a better showing in Game 6 if Portland is going to keep its season alive, as players not named Lillard shot 1-for-19 (!) from the field across the two overtime periods.
MVP front-runner Nikola Jokic was his usual self in a grueling Game 5 victory, going for 38 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, feasting on the Blazers' defence once Jusuf Nurkic fouled out of the game.
Can Nurkic stay out of foul trouble and can Portland's supporting cast step up to the challenge of a win-or-go-home game?
Game 6: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns
Series: Suns lead 3-2
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: SN One (CA); TNT (US)
Game 5 was ugly from the get-go for the defending champion Lakers.
Without All-Star forward Anthony Davis, LeBron James did not have nearly enough firepower around him to take a crucial Game 5 victory. Dennis Schroder went scoreless and the Lakers' starting five, LeBron aside, combined for just 11 points.
Meanwhile, Devin Booker put the game out of reach early with 22 points in the first half, relishing in the moment of the biggest game of his career to date.
It was a pitiful performance, and the Lakers will have to be significantly better if they're going to take care of business tonight and keep their season alive.
Davis' status for Game 6 is still currently up in the air.
Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis (groin) is making progress, but "We still don't know" about his availability for Game 6.- Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) June 2, 2021
"He's doing everything he can … we'll see."
Should he be unavailable, the Lakers will desperately need some help from LeBron's supporting cast to keep the title defence going.
Keep in mind: LeBron is a perfect 14-0 in the first round of the playoffs in his career. This is also the first time he's ever trailed 3-2 in the first round, leaving this matchup as somewhat of uncharted territory for The King. While he has been in equal or bigger deficits in deeper rounds of the postseason, he's facing the first first-round exit of his career.
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