The Portland Trail Blazers have struggled in recent weeks, though their last roadtrip turned out much better than expected, with the team returning home with a 5-1 record. Despite that success, if the postseason play-in tournament were held today, the Blazers would be participating. As the seventh in the current standings, they would face the Memphis Grizzlies to win a spot in the postseason, according to Ben Couch of NBA.com.
7. Portland Trail Blazers (–)
Games Ahead (11th): 7.0
Games Back (6th): 0.5
*DAL, LAL hold tiebreakers
Last Result: 141-105 W @ CLE
Next Opponent: vs. LAL on Friday
It was a wire-to-wire win for the Blazers in Cleveland, and know they’re set to return home for a LeBron-less Lakers team on Friday (10 ET, ESPN). They’ve won five of their last six games, and could boost themselves past L.A. with a win.
The Blazers face the Lakers after the Lakers play the Clippers on Thursday. Fans return to the Moda Center on Friday as well.
You can see the entire breakdown here.