B/R's ADAM FROMAL picks Blazer in 5


Adam Fromal from B/R writes his. "Way-Too-Early Playoff Round-By-Round Predictions" If the playoff's started today, The Blazers first round match-up would come against the OKC Thunder. Adam, had the following to say about Portland's potential first round match-up, "Since the Andre Roberson last suited up in a Jan. 27 contest against the Detroit Pistons, OKC has gone 15-11 with a 1.2 net rating. It's beaten just five playoff teams: the 76ers (without JJ Redick), the Warriors, the Leonard-less Spurs, the lackluster Heat and the Raptors. On the season as a whole, the Thunder have outscored their opponents by just 0.1 points per 100 possessions when Roberson isn't logging minutes. Slowing down Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will prove an impossible task. Scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers, who have—against all odds, it seems—become better on defense than offense, should be even more difficult still. Rip City has gotten red-hot, and a Thunder squad not at full strength isn't changing that."