Portland Trail Blazers Betting and Team Guide
This Portland Trail Blazers team guide features everything you need to know about the franchise in one place. You can learn key facts, records, and trivia about the organization. You can also stay updated with the latest relevant news. Naturally, we want to help those of you betting on the Portland Trail Blazers, so there are plenty of updates and predictions.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting in 2019-20
This section is dedicated to the Portland Trail Blazers betting options for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Latest Portland Trail Blazers Odds for 2019-20
Blazers to Win the Northwest Division+6600
Blazers to Win the Western Conference+3300
Blazers to Win the NBA Finals+10000
Portland Trail Blazers Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 36-40 wins, fringe playoff team
- Current Pick: no recommended bet
Portland won 53 games and advanced to the Western Conference Finals back in May, and they added Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony to their roster. Yet somehow, the Trail Blazers are 14-21 and currently on the outside looking in.
You would think Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum would be enough to carry Portland at least into the postseason, but this team has been severely underachieving. Perhaps the most surprising statistic thus far is that the Trail Blazers have already lost the same number of home games (9) as they did in all of last season.
- Previous Portland Trail Blazers Predictions
- Prediction: 50+ wins rather comfortably, no chance for the title or the conference.
- Pick: Over 46.5 Wins -110
The Western Conference might be strong, but there are a lot of teams that will need some to gel after the significant changes in the summer. Many will also try to protect the health of their players, such as both teams from the LA and probably the Rockets with Westbrook.
The Portland Trail Blazers have no such problems. The core of the team will once again be the backcourt duo of Dame and CJ who know each other perfectly and are in the prime of their careers.
The franchise won 53 games last year, so I’m not sure why the line for this one is as low as 46-47 victories in most places. I believe the Trail Blazers will comfortably cover it.
It’s been a rather quiet offseason for the Portland Trail Blazers, especially considering all the blockbuster deals in other parts of the west. However, the team quietly made some deals that include Hassan Whiteside, Mario Hezonja, and Anthony Tolliver.
They’re not exactly a star-level talent, but all provide valuable skills that could boost the team. And yet, it seems like Portland doesn’t have the roster to fight with the top contenders for the NBA crown.
The Western Conference is full of strong teams and a second round in the playoffs seems like the ceiling for Portland.
Portland Trail Blazers News and Updates
January 3rd, by Michael Wynn
Rodney Hood tore his Achilles on December 6th and may not be ready for the start of the 2020/2021 campaign. In better news, Jusuf Nurkic’s left leg is continuing to heal, and the 25-year-old big man should return sometime around the All-Star break.
Those who were excited about that the boost that Carmelo Anthony promised to bring, know that Portland is just 8-12 since Anthony joined the lineup.
- Previous News and Updates
October 16, by Jerry Summer
The preseason so far has been a failure for the Trail Blazers, but I wouldn’t read too much into that. We’re talking about mostly exhibition games that are designed to provide some youngsters and rotational players the chance to shine.
The team will have a different face, once the regular season begins. I expect a strong start by Trail Blazers and a high seed in the playoffs.
July 7, by Jerry Summer
According to the latest info, the Portland Trail Blazers have finished a deal that will bring Hassan Whiteside to the Pacific Northwest. At the same time, Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard will be leaving the team. The new member of the roster will bring a solid presence under the rim, as he’s a solid rebounder that blocks more than 2.3 on average per game.
That should conclude the summer business for the organization, but you never know.
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The Portland Trail Blazers in 2019-20
Portland Trail Blazers Roster in 2019-20
If you’re going to bet on the Trail Blazers, you learn who’s on the roster. Here are the players that will be representing the franchise in 2019-20.
- Damian Lillard – Guard
- Langston Morris-Walker – Guard
- C.J. McCollum – Guard
- Kent Bazemore – Guard
- Rodney Hood – Guard
- Mario Hezonja – Guard
- Anfernee Simons – Guard
- Gary Trent Jr. – Guard
- Skal Labissiere – Forward
- Nassir Little – Forward
- Anthony Tolliver – Forward
- Mikyle Mcintosh – Forward
- Jaylen Hoard – Forward
- Hassan Whiteside – Center
- Zach Collins – Center
- Jusuf Nurkic – Center
- Pau Gasol – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
The starting lineup will have to carry most of the load, and this is the configuration we expect to see most often in the 2019-20 season.
- Damian Lillard – Point Guard
- CJ McCollum – Shooting Guard
- Kent Bazemore- Small Forward
- Zach Collins – Power Forward
- Hassan Whiteside – Center
The main driving force for the Portland Trail Blazers will once again be the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Those two can take care of the offense pretty well by both scoring and creating for the others.
The other three players in the projected starting lineup are not exactly prolific in offense, but they will do enough to help the guards.
New player Hassan Whiteside will be an excellent addition when it comes to rebounding and rim protection. Kent Bazemore and Zach Collins are also above-average defenders and the latter could improve this season, as he’s only 21.
The overall impression is that the Trail Blazers will be relying heavily on Lillard and CJ offensively, while the rest of the starters will be expected to carry the burden on defense and grab some boards.
Depth and Bench
The Trail Blazers’ second unit looks pretty decent right now. The guys that will get the most minutes from the bench are Jusuf Nurkic, Rodney Hood, Mario Hezonja, and Anthony Tolliver. They provide enough balance between offense and defense, but there are no natural playmakers in this group.
One potential solution would be to give play time to the young Anfernee Simons who has a promising future as a point guard. His performance is currently too raw and needs to be refined.
As it stands, the coaching staff will probably have to keep McCollum or Dame on the court most of the time for the bench to be effective.
Portland Trail Blazers Staff in 2019-20
The coaching staff of every NBA team is crucial, so betting on the Trail Blazers without knowing what to expect from the masterminds of the franchise is hardly ideal. Here are the guys that will be responsible to lead Portland in the upcoming season.
- Head Coach: Terry Stotts
- Coaching Staff: David Vanterpool (Asst. Coach), Nate Tibbetts (Asst. Coach), Dale Osbourne (Asst. Coach), Jim Moran (Asst. Coach), John McCullough (Asst. Coach), Geoff Clark (Trainer)
- Ownership: Jordy Allen
- General Manager: Neil Olshey
The main man is Terry Stotts, and he has quite the experience in the NBA. The guy has been around since the early 1990s and has been the head coach of the Trail Blazers since 2012. He knows his team very well and his roster didn’t go through many changes in the summer.
Portland has qualified for the playoffs for six seasons in a row under the guidance of Stotts, and it’s safe to say this should happen again in 2019-20. The big question is if the team is ready for something special, as it seems that it’s not really a contender for the NBA Championship.
Portland Trail Blazers Schedule in 2019-20
We’re still waiting for the NBA schedule for the next season, but once it’s released, you will find it here. We’ll list the games and the dates, and we’ll explore the crucial moments in the season and help you find the best betting opportunities.
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Portland Trail Blazers Overview and Key Info
The Portland Trail Blazers, more commonly referred to as the “Blazers,” have been a mainstay in Portland, Oregon, since they gained membership to the NBA as an expansion team in 1970.
In nearly 50 years of play, the Blazers have made three NBA Finals appearances in 1977, 1990, and 1992 and won one Championship in 1977. They are number three in the NBA for playoff appearances, though. Portland has made 34 playoff appearances, trailing only the Lakers and the Spurs.
Since 1995, the Moda Center has been the home of the Blazers, replacing their original home court at Memorial Coliseum. Current head coach Terry Stotts signed on as the 14th coach for the franchise in 2012 and has since led the team to two division titles.
Portland Trail Blazers – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- In Portland, Oregon, since 1970
- Western Conference – Northwest
- Moda Center
- G League Team
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- (Forbes 2018) $1.3 billion
Portland Trail Blazers History
Unlike some of the NBA teams that have relocated and switched names, the Portland Trail Blazers have remained in Portland, Oregon, with their name intact since 1970.
They joined the NBA as an expansion team and started playing at Memorial Coliseum before moving to Moda Center in 1995. In their first six seasons of play, the Blazers didn’t end a single season with a winning record, nor did they make the playoffs.
In 1976, head coach Jack Ramsay was hired. In his first season, he guided the relatively new team not only to their first playoffs game against the Chicago Bulls but their first NBA Championship.
The Blazers beat the Bulls in the first round, then took the conference semifinals in a 4-2 series against the Nuggets. They went on to sweep the Conference Finals against the Lakers 4-0 and entered the NBA Finals against the 76ers.
The 4-2 series victory against the 76ers gave Portland fans their first championship. From 1977 through 1995, 814 home games in a row were sold out, creating the longest streak in US professional sports at the time.
Bill Walton was named the NBA Finals MVP. The next year, he was named the NBA’s regular season MVP as well. The Blazers, on the other hand, didn’t follow up their Finals appearance with another until 1990. The third and last to date was in 1992.
Hall of Famers
Portland has avid and loyal fans. Over the years, they’ve witnessed talented Hall of Famers up close and personal.
The Trail Blazers have had six Hall of Famers on their rosters since 1974, starting with Lenny Wilkens, who assumed the role of player-coach in 1974-75. Other inductees include Bill Walton, Dražen Petrović, Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippen, and Arvydas Sabonis. Coaches Jack Ramsay and Maurice Cheeks were also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Portland Trail Blazers Championships and Playoffs
- 1 NBA Championship: 1977
- 3 Conference Titles: 1992, 1990, 1977
- 6 Division Titles: 2018, 2015, 1999, 1992, 1991, 1978
Home Court – Moda Center
- Inaugurated: 1995
- Renovated: n/a
- Capacity: 19,393
- Former Names: Rosa Garden
The Moda Center was built primarily as a replacement for Memorial Coliseum, the Trail Blazers’ first home venue. Memorial only offered seating for 12,888, and every Blazers home game since 1977 had been sold out. So, the solution was the Moda Center, built with a combination of private funds from Blazers’ owner Paul Allen and supplemental city funding.
In addition to 14,000 permanent seats, the arena offers 70 suites and eight skyboxes with private restrooms, catering, and room for 22 guests. In addition to the four 15’ x 22.5’ video screens above center court, Moda provides 650 television monitors placed throughout the facility, so fans don’t need to miss any of the action regardless of their location.
The unique feature that sets the Moda apart from every other multi-purpose arena is the ability to adjust the acoustics depending on the event. The “acoustical cloud” contains 160 rotating panels suspended from the roof, creating top-notch acoustics that other similar facilities envy.
The WHL’s Portland Winterhawks share tenancy with the Trail Blazers. But the Moda Center is also used for numerous concerts, sporting events, and other one-off shows as it’s Portland’s primary indoor arena.
- Venue Address: Moda Center, One N Center Court Street, Portland, OR 972271
- Mailing Address: Portland Trail Blazers, One N Center Court Street, Portland, OR 97227
- Phone: 503-234-9291
Portland Trail Blazers Head Coaches
From the list of 14 Blazers’ head coaches, Mike Dunleavy (1997-01) and Mike Schuler (1986-88) were each named NBA Coach of the Year during their tenure in Portland. Lenny Wilkens, who acted as player-coach in 1974-75 then turned to full-time coaching the next season, is one of the two top 10 coaches in NBA history on Portland’s head coaching list.
Jack Ramsay claims a long list of accolades as a member of the Trail Blazers organization. Ramsay was hired after four years with the 76ers and four with the Buffalo Braves. He’s the longest-serving coach in Blazers’ history with ten seasons from 1976-86 and also on the NBA’s list of top 10 coaches in the league’s history.
Jack is the only Portland head coach to date who can claim an NBA Championship, as he led the team to their 1977 defeat of the 76ers 4-2 in the NBA Finals during his first season with the Trail Blazers. Ramsay only had one season without playoffs action in 1981-82 when the Trail Blazers still finished with a winning record of 42-40 but in 5th place in the Pacific division.
Rick Adelman also deserves a special mention. Adelman coached in Portland from 1988 to 1994, finishing with the highest winning percentage amongst his Portland peers with .654. Adelman was in charge of the other two Blazers’ NBA Finals appearances. But the team couldn’t pull off a second victory. They lost 4-1 to the Pistons in ’90 and 4-2 vs. the Bulls in ’92.
|Portland Trail Blazers Head Coaches|
|14||2012 –||Terry Stotts||325-249||.566||19-32||.373||–|
|12||2005-12 ||Nate McMillan||266-269||.497||6-12||.333||–|
|11||2005|| Kevin Pritchard||5-22||.185||X-X||–||–|
|10||2001-05 ||Maurice Cheeks||162-139||.538||3-7||.300||–|
|8||1994-97|| P.J. Carlesimo||137-109||.557||3-9||.250||–|
|7||1988-94|| Rick Adelman||291-154||.654||36-33||.522||–|
|6||1986-88 || Mike Schuler||127-84||.602||2-6|| .250||–|
|5||1976-86 ||Jack Ramsay||453-367||.552||29-30||.492||1977|
Portland Trail Blazers Last Five Seasons
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19||Terry Stotts||3rd||53-29||.646||Lost Conference Finals||Damian Lillard (25.8)|
|2017-18||Terry Stotts || 1st || 49-33 || .598|| Lost First Round||Damian Lillard (26.9)|
|2016-17 || Terry Stotts||3rd|| 41-41|| .500||Lost First Round||Damian Lillard (27.0)|
|2015-16 || Terry Stotts || 2nd ||44-38 || .537||Lost Conf. Semifinals||Damian Lillard (25.1)|
|2014-15||Terry Stotts || 1st ||51-31|| .622||Lost First Round||LaMarcus Aldridge (23.4)|
Portland Trail Blazers All-Time Career Leaders
|Average Pts/Game||Kiki VanDeWeghe||23.50||1984-1989|
Clyde Drexler (aka “The Glide”) was the Blazers’ first-round pick in 1983. Drexler had been playing at the University of Houston where he was the SWC co-Player of the Year for 1983. He made his NBA debut in Portland in 1983 and remained until 1995. The shooting guard and small forward is Portland’s all-time scoring leader with 18,040 points. He was All-NBA First Team in 1992 and a ten-time NBA All-Star.
In 1992, Clyde was also a member of the US Olympics “Dream Team” that won the gold in Barcelona. With his dual role, Drexler is a two-time Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee, one for his NBA career and the other for the Olympics. He retired after three seasons with the Houston Rockets (1995-1998), and his number 22 was also retired by both the Blazers and Rockets. Drexler then went on to coach at his alma mater, the University of Houston from 1998-2000.
Ernest Maurice “Kiki” VanDeWeghe was the former GM for the Nuggets and Nets before stepping into the role of Executive VP for Basketball Operations for the NBA. But before any of those positions, VanDeWeghe set a career record with the Portland Trail Blazers for the highest average points per game at 23.50.
Initially selected out of UCLA in the first round of the 1980 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, Kiki demanded a trade and never wore a Dallas uniform. He was traded to the Denver Nuggets and played from 1980-84, earning two NBA All-Star nods in 1983 and ’84. He was then traded to Portland in 1984 and remained until 1989. The small forward retired from playing in 1993 with the Los Angeles Clippers. He went on to assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks then became head coach of the New Jersey Nets for the 2009-2010 season before switching to front office positions.
Terry Porter may be the current head coach at the University of Portland, but he began his career with the Portland Trail Blazers. Porter was the Blazers’ first-round pick in the 1985 draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The point guard played for the Trail Blazers from 1985 to 1995. He was twice picked as an NBA All-Star and won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1993, the NBA award for showing “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”
Porter is the all-time Trail Blazers career leader in assists with 5,319, and he’s 12th for the NBA in all-time assists with 7,160. The Portland franchise retired his number 30 in 2008.
In just two years at the University of Texas, LaMarcus Aldridge received a list of honors including First-Team All-Big 12, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and Big 12 All-Defensive Team, all in 2006. He was the Chicago Bulls selection, the 2nd overall, in 2006, but his rights were immediately traded to Portland. The power forward and center was on the Blazers’ roster from 2006 to 2015. He was NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2007 and a six-time NBA All-Star.
His 5,434 rebounds with Portland make him the franchise’s current career leader, and his 25 rebounds in a 2013 game against the Houston Rockets were his career highest for a single outing. He was Portland’s leading scorer in 2014-15 with a 23.4-point average per game. LaMarcus then signed with the Spurs and is currently on San Antonio’s active roster.
Portland Trail Blazers Trivia
From 1983 through 2003, the Blazers made 21 straight playoff appearances, which ties them for having the second-longest streak in NBA history.
Trail Blazers’ player-coach Lenny Wilkens (1974-76) is a three-time Hall of Fame inductee as a player, coach, and member of the 1992 Olympic team.
Two of the top 10 coaches in NBA history, Lenny Wilkens (1974-76) and Jack Ramsay (1976-86), have been tenured in Portland. Ramsay is the coach behind the Blazers’ only NBA Championship win.
Damian Lillard, the 2013 Rookie of the Year and Blazers’ points leader since 2015, is also a comedian in his role in the Foot Locker “No Rings” commercial.
Portland players have been known to use their iPads mid-game to watch all of the action (multiple times) from the bench while the game is in progress.