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The Lakers’ frontcourt could receive a depth boost ahead of Saturday night’s do-or-die playoff matchup against the Denver Nuggets, with backup big man Christian Wood being in the active lineup for the first time in more than two months. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers’ frontcourt could receive a depth boost ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die playoff matchup against the Denver Nuggets, with backup big man Christian Wood being in the active lineup for the first time in more than two months.

Wood, who has been sidelined since the mid-February All-Star break, was upgraded from questionable to available, Coach Darvin Ham said before Game 4 at Crypto.com Arena.

The eight-season NBA veteran had left knee surgery last month and hasn’t played since the All-Star break, sidelined with what the team officially deemed “left knee effusion” (swelling) for a month before the procedure.

Wood averaged 6.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game (50 games) during the regular season after signing a two-year, $5.75 million contract with the Lakers as a free agent in September.

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