- 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.