On the latest Blazers’ Edge Podcast we take a deeper look at the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2020 schedule. We debate if it is a good thing that they are on the road so much to start the season, discuss when Jusuf Nurkic might be back in the lineup and give our projected win totals for the season.
Then we talk about what was a busy week for the league, voting on tougher punishment for tampering and clarifying the rules of “gathering”. Dan adds to the 2020 Trail Blazers Playlist.
3:30 Jusuf Nurkic is back in town!
5:00 Trail Blazers 2020 Season Schedule. Check out Analyzing the Trail Blazers’ 2019-20 schedule by Eric Griffith for context.
8:30 Off to a tough start. It will be a good test and a chance to learn a lot about themselves.
11:15 Twelve teams are traveling in the pre-season or during the season, do the Blazers gain any advantage from this?
17:00 Is there a part of the schedule that looks like a good time to start working Nurkic back into the lineup?
20:00 Penciling in projected wins. Dan: about 47, Tara: 51 or 52, (and the Blazers beat the Jazz).
25:00 FiveThirtyEight has the Blazers going 41-41 this season with a 37% chance to make the playoffs. Last season they had them winning 39 games with a 37% chance of making it to the playoffs. Why are projections about the Blazers so low?
28:30 New rules: tampering will lead to tougher consequences.
35:15 Teams must submit their roster 30 minutes before the game starts.
37:00 Definition of “gathering” for clarity of traveling rules (which will be a point of emphasis this season). Will CJ McCollum or Damian Lillard need to pay the most attention to this?
44:00 What song will Dan add to the 2020 Trail Blazers Season playlist?