The Portland Trail Blazers schedule for 2021-22 has arrived! Times, dates, and television are set. We know that the Blazers will face the Sacramento Kings in their opener on October 20th. Scroll down to see the other 81 games!
The Blazers will rack up some frequent flier miles in batches this year! Six times this next year, the Blazers will pack up for trips of 4 games or longer - including two, 5-game road trips and a pre-All Star break 6 game tip that starts in Denver against the Nuggets and hits Washington, Orlando, Miami, Boston and Toronto - all in 10 nights!
On the home front, the Blazers open up with 25 of their first 41 games at Moda Center. Starting the season off with the previously announced Sacramento Kings on October 20th - the Blazers then face the Phoenix Suns, at LA Clippers (missing Kawhi Leonard), Memphis Grizzlies and Clippers again before embarking on a 3-game road trip at Charlotte, Philadelphia and Cleveland. With 8 of their first 14 games on the road the Blazers have an opportunity after the first month of the season to get fat on home wins - 21 of their next 27 games are at the place Dame built.
The unfortunate side of this of course is that the 2nd half of the schedule is backloaded with road games. Beyond the aforementioned 6-game trip, the Blazers have two 4-game trips and two 5-game trips - for all the math folks out there, that’s 18 games on the road alone and 25 of 41 to close out the year. There could very likely be a silver lining here though as the Blazers are looking at a run from late March on that features: San Antonio, Houston (twice), Oklahoma City, New Orleans - all at home - then a 5-game trip at San Antonio (twice - a remnant from the “series games” last year), Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Dallas and closing the season with Utah.
That means the Blazers play 9 of their last 11 games of the season against teams that weren’t in the playoffs last year. Of course they also play against Luka Doncic and Donovan Mitchell to close out the year, but they all can’t be bright spots.
Other notes, the Blazers get LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis in Portland twice... however both games are on the 2nd night of back-to-backs. The Blazers get their first look at the Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets since losing in the 1st round last year on November 14th - in Denver- while Gary Trent Jr and the Raptors will play in Moda Center the next night on the 15th. Portland will have 14 games on a back-to-back, 6 in the first half and 7 in the second half of the season. The longest home streak comes at the back end of the season at 5 games (twice) - with multiple 4 game homestands in the first half of the year.
There are certainly advantages and disadvantages on the schedule to be had - they have tough early competition at home, a brutal 4-game trip against the Clippers-Suns-Rockets-Nuggets with 4 games in 6-nights. On the back end, closing out the season with multiple young teams that missed the playoffs the year before. In between, there’s a lot of games played on an every-other-night basis - it’ll be interesting to see how Portland’s schedule stacks up around the league.