The scheduled for the NBA 2019-2020 season restart in Orlando, Florida is being released today. Like each of the 22 teams participating, the Portland Trail Blazers will play 8 regular season games. 16 participants will continue onward to the 2020 NBA Playoffs, also at the Disney campus in Orlando.
Portland’s schedule for the summer reads as follows:
- July 31st vs the Memphis Grizzlies
- August 2nd vs the Boston Celtics
- August 4th vs the Houston Rockets
- August 6th vs the Denver Nuggets
- August 8th vs the Los Angeles Clippers
- August 9th vs the Philadelphia 76’ers
- August 11th vs the Dallas Mavericks
- August 13th vs the Brooklyn Nets
Portland holds a 29-37 record, 3.5 games behind the 8th-place Grizzlies in the NBA Western Conference. They’ll need to remain within four games of the 8th seed—either finishing 8th themselves or finishing 9th in the conference but still within 4 games of the 8th seed—to earn a spot in the play-in tournament to reach the playoffs.
For those curious, the average winning percentage among participating teams is 57.2%. The winning percentage among Portland’s eight opponents is 60.0%.
The Blazers play three Top 3 seeds among the conferences (Celtics, Clippers, and Nuggets), but neither of the #1 teams. They play no teams outside of the Top 8, thus no teams with a worse record than they.
Here are the schedules of teams Portland is racing against in the conference.
The Grizzlies Play:
Blazers, Spurs, Pelicans, Jazz, Thunder, Raptors, Celtics, and Bucks.
Combined Winning Percentage: 59.7%, with three teams the same or worse than they on the schedule.
The Pelicans Play:
Jazz, Clippers, Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards, Spurs, Kings, and Magic.
Combined Winning Percentage: 49.5%, with four teams the same or worse than they on the schedule. [ed. How cab you assemble a field of teams either making or close to making the playoffs but still give a team a schedule against opponents with a net losing record?]
The Kings Play:
Spurs, Mavericks, Magic, Pelicans, Nets, Rockets, Pelicans, Lakers
Combined Winning Percentage: 52.9%, with three teams the same or worse than they on the schedule.
The Spurs Play:
Kings, Grizzlies, Sixers, Nuggets, Jazz, Pelicans, Rockets, Jazz
Combined Winning Percentage: 56.6%, with no teams the same or worse than they on the schedule.