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The Portland Trail Blazers will face the San Antonio Spurs in a Western Conference semifinals series.

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The Portland Trail Blazers will face the San Antonio Spurs in a Western Conference semifinals series. Game 1 is set for Tuesday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Portland, the West's No. 5 seed, prevailed over the Houston Rockets, the West's No. 4 seed, in six games thanks to a buzzer-beating, game-winning, series-clinching three-pointer by Damian Lillard on Friday.

San Antonio, the West's No. 1 seed, eliminated the Dallas Mavericks, the West's No. 8 seed, in seven games by winning 119-96 on Sunday.

Here's the schedule information that has been released by the NBA so far. This will be updated as soon as additional information becomes available. All times Pacific.

Game 1 - Tue May 6 at San Antonio | 6:30 PT | TNT
Game 2 - Thu May 8 at San Antonio | 6:30 PT | ESPN2
Game 3 - Sat May 10 at Portland | 7:30 PT | ESPN
Game 4 - Mon May 12 at Portland | 7:30 PT | TNT
Game 5 * Wed May 14 at San Antonio | TBD | TNT
Game 6 * Fri May 16 at Portland | TBD| ESPN
Game 7 * Mon May 19 at San Antonio | TBD| TNT

* if necessary

San Antonio finished the regular season with the league's best record at 62-20. Portland finished 54-28.

The two teams split the season series at two games apiece.

  • Nov. 2, 2013: Blazers win 115-105 in Portland
  • Jan. 17, 2014: Blazers win 109-100 in San Antonio
  • Feb. 19, 2014: Spurs win 111-109 in Portland
  • March 12, 2014: Spurs win 103-90 in San Antonio

LaMarcus Aldridge did not play in the Feb. 19 loss due to a groin injury, and he played limited minutes during the March 12 loss after suffering a back injury.

During the regular season, San Antonio ranked No. 6 on offense and No. 4 on defense, while Portland ranked No. 5 on offense and No. 16 on defense.

Through one round of the playoffs, San Antonio ranks No. 3 on offense and No. 9 on defense, while Portland ranks No. 1 on offense and No. 13 on defense.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had this to say about the Blazers on Sunday...

"It is obviously one heck of a team. We had trouble with them all year long. They have guys on that team that we haven't guarded yet. They are very talented. They are young and energetic. Terry (Stotts) does a great job. They know what they want to do and they are playing great basketball. It will be a big challenge, obviously."

The winner of Blazers/Spurs will advance to the Western Conference finals, where they will face the winner of a Western Conference semifinals series between the Oklahoma City Thunder, the West's No. 2 seed, and the Los Angeles Clippers, the West's No. 3 seed.

Make your series prediction below.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter