Blazers Are Red Hot
The Portland Trail Blazers are continuing to surge this season. Riding some incredible performances from Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers have managed to establish themselves in the top three spots of the Western Conference. Let's see how their schedule looks for the next month.
On February 1 the Toronto Raptors will be hosted in the Moda Center. This might seem like an easy game at first but it's not that easy. The Raptors are a very dangerous team and they have proven that they can beat even the toughest teams in the league. The sure thing that this is going to be a very interesting, fast-paced game.
After a three-game road trip that begins in Washington on Friday, February 3 and ends in Minnesota on February 8, Portland will welcome Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game will place on February 11 and it will feature the two strongest teams of the Western Conference. This matchup might as well be the Western Conference Finals one. Kevin Durant has been putting up monster performances as of lately and he will be a real challenge for Portland to defend.
After a game in LA against the Clippers on February 12, another tough game is scheduled for February 19. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs will visit Portland to try and steal the victory. The Spurs are one of the major opponents in the Eastern Conference and the Blazers should achieve a statement victory against them.
The Utah Jazz will be the next team to visit the Moda Center on February 21. This should be an easy victory for Terry Stotts' group. The Jazz are dead last in the West at the moment. Two days later Kevin Love the Minnesota Timberwolves will come to Portland. This might end up being a close game, as the Wolves have a very good offense. Nonetheless, Minnesota has been struggling all season long and that will allow the Blazers to escape with a victory.
After a game on the road against the Denver Nuggets, the team returns at home to take on the Brooklyn Nets on February 26, in what will be the last game for the month. This will be a difficult game. The Nets have managed to turn their season around and they are now playing in a very high level. It will certainly be a fun game to watch.
By: Chris M