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Looking at the Trail Blazers Schedule Ahead

Portland has returned home, but to what?

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After a disastrous 1-6 road trip that encompassed the month of January between New Year’s Day and today, the Portland Trail Blazers have finally returned home for a night or two in their own beds and some games in front of friendly crowds. Losing by an average of 25 points per game on the road will make you never want to venture out your front door again, but what awaits the Blazers in their return to the friendly confines?

Turns out, the rest of January isn’t likely to be much brighter than the start, Moda Center dates notwithstanding.

Here’s Portland’s schedule for the rest of the month, along with the current record of the teams they’ll face.

That’s 10 games total over 17 days. Four are on the road, six at home, a near-even balance. Two of the ten will be on the second night of back-to-backs.

More importantly, four games come against teams that are in the upper echelon of the NBA standings, only one against an absolute bottom-feeder. Of the five remaining games against teams within shouting distance of .500 either way, two come against the Suns and Lakers with superstars and/or dominant forwards/centers, a constant weakness for Portland right now. Only three—the Nets, Rockets, and Bulls—look instinctively approachable. If anything is “approachable” for a team currently getting run off the floor on a nightly basis, that is.

The Blazers should get better soon. They can hardly help it. But coming home in itself is not going to solve their woes. The lineup for January remains tough. They’ve got to be ready to play if they’re to have any chance of emerging from the month intact.

How many of the next 10 games do you think Portland will win? Share your analysis and predictions in the comment section below.