I know this will be unpopular, but the Blazers should rest Aldridge the final 4 games.
The Blazers have no control over whether they get the Mavs. Right now the Mavs are couple of games from the #2 spot, and one game away from falling to #4 spot. So the Blazers could win the next 4 games and end up playing the Thunder or Lakers - the two worst match ups for us. However, the Blazers do have control over Aldridge's rest. And getting the January/February version of Aldridge gives us the best chance of advancing. Aldridge has already said he is worn out. Why not give him maybe 10-12 minutes a game until the playoffs start and see if we can get him refreshed to play whoever we get in the first round?