NBA Playoffs 2012, Lakers Vs. Nuggets Game 5: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

DENVER, CO - MAY 06: Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three point shot with 18 seconds remaining in the game against the Denver Nuggets with Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 6, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 92-88 to take a 3-1 lead in the series. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Nuggets struggled at home in Game 4, and need a win in L.A. to avoid elimination at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers both have extremely strong home-court advantages. It was no surprise when the Lakers won the first two games of the playoff series between the two teams at home, which was followed by a Nuggets win in Denver in Game 3. Then, L.A. threw a wrench in things in Game 4.

Kobe Bryant wasn't his best in Game 4, but his supporting cast was efficient offensively -- while the Nuggets were anything but. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Ramon Sessions combined to shoot 19-35 from the floor, and Jordan Hill contributed a double-double off the bench. Steve Blake had the dagger in the Lakers' 92-88 win, hitting a three-pointer to extend the lead to six points with under a minute remaining.

If Denver is going to avoid elimination on Tuesday night, the Nuggets are going to need to shoot better and play faster. The slow pace of the game suited the Lakers in Game 4, and it allowed their big players to prevent Al Harrington, Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee from having the impact that they had in Game 3. Denver was also a poor 3-19 from behind the arc. The four-point margin of the Game 4 loss doesn't make it look like the Lakers were firmly in control, but Los Angeles was well in command during the second half. At the STAPLES Center, the Nuggets will have to be better in every facet of their game.

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. ET

Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

TV: TNT

For more on the Lakers, check out Silver Screen and Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Nuggets, head over to Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver.

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