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NBA Power Rankings: Where Are Blazers After MLK Day?

Where do the Portland Trail Blazers rank in this week’s power rankings?

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NBA: Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers are 10-29 after two weeks of basketball through the month of January.

Let’s take a look at how power rankings across the internet have the Blazers ranked:

John Schuhmann, No. 28 (previously No. 26)

It might say a lot about the Nets that the Blazers got a win in Brooklyn eight days ago because Portland has lost its other seven January games by an average of 30 points.

The schedule gets a little easier over the next two weeks, with five of the Blazers’ next seven games against teams that are currently at or below .500. They beat the Nets behind 38 points and 11 assists from Simons eight days ago, and they’ll face them again on Wednesday.

Zach Harper, The Athletic: No. 27 (previously No. 25)

Every time I feel like there could be a surge within this Blazers team, they seem to tumble a bit. Portland had a stretch recently with them going 3-3 in six games. Not a massive turnaround by any means but they were playing better. Since then, they’ve gone 1-7 and those seven losses have a 30-point average margin of defeat. Take away the 62-point loss and it’s still 24.6-point margin of defeat. The Blazers aren’t hitting 29 wins.

Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today Sports: No. 27 (previously No. 26)

The Blazers have lost seven of their past eight games and the margin of defeat has been ugly: 28, 62, 23, 21, 36 and 29 points in six of those games.

Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports: No. 29 (previously No. 25)

Things are getting ugly for the Blazers, who lost all four games this week by an average margin of 31 points — of course the 62-point loss to the Thunder skewed that number a bit. Some good news? Rookie Scoot Henderson put up a career-high 33 points to go with nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in Sunday’s loss to Phoenix.