Before 2015-2016, the Portland Trail Blazers were counted out, especially with the departure of long-time offensive leader LaMarcus Aldridge. But with Damian Lilliard and CJ McCollum both averaging more than 20 points per game, the Blazers look poised to make the playoffs. Early in February, Portland defeated Golden State 137-105, which was the biggest loss the Warriors have suffered all year. Portland were underdogs, so if you were lucky enough to bet on them that night, your payout must’ve been steep.
Rip City relies too heavily on their 1-2 duo, and without a solid supporting cast, they are hurt when it comes to odds. Allen Crabbe is the only Blazer averaging more than 10 points, aside from McCollum and Lilliard.
Portland will have a tough first round matchup, but they’ll be motivated to win enough and finish higher than sixth, making sure they'll avoid the Spurs or Warriors in the first round.
Portland Trail Blazers Next Game
Stay up to date with all-things Portland by checking who they play next and what their game odds are. Is it worth putting a wager on them? On a hot streak in their past 10, Portland needs to keep it up.
As long as McCollum and Lilliard stay healthy and keep up their scoring prowess, things look good for the Oregon squad.
Portland Trail Blazers Regular Season Schedule
Find out what the schedule has in store for the Portland Trail Blazers. Whether they're on the road or at home, make sure you don't miss a beat. The better prepared you are, the more chance you have.
With remaining games versus Toronto, Golden State (twice), San Antonio, Oklahoma City (twice), Boston and the Clippers, there are still ways for the team to climb in the standings. If a certain spot in the standings comes down to the final night of the year, the Trailblazes should be happy they end the campaign against Minnesota, then Denver.
Portland Trail Blazers standings
The fifth-best three point shooting and rebounding in the league, Portland excels in some areas, but freethrows (25th in the league) are one that hurt the team.