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Blazers Face One of NBA’s Toughest Schedules In January

The new year has gifted the Portland Trail Blazers a challenging first month.

San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers have just kicked off a gruelling seven-game road trip, which will take right across the country over the next two weeks.

Unfortunately, the end of the road trip won’t provide any respite for the franchise, which will embark on the fourth-toughest schedule during the month of January.

The Blazers sit behind only the New Orleans Pelicans, Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics in schedule difficulty through the first month of 2024.

The strength of schedule is judged by opponent winning percentage as of December 31, back to backs and home and road games.

After losing to the Phoenix Suns yesterday, the Blazers face the Dallas Mavericks twice, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Blazers return to the Moda Center on January 14 to host the Suns, Nets and Indiana Pacers. They then return to the road visiting the Los Angeles Lakers, Thunder, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.

Portland finishes the month back at the Moda Center with games against the Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers and Damian Lillard’s return with the Milwaukee Bucks.