Predicting the 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers’ starting lineup

LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Kaman

NWSB Insider Bryant Knox predicts what the Portland Trail Blazers’ starting lineup will look like for the 2013-14 NBA season. In the backcourt, Damian Lillard has the point guard spot locked up, while Matthews will remain if the team doesn’t pick up a big acquisition at 2-guard. Nicolas Batum will start at small forward, and LaMarcus Aldridge, despite trade talks, should be in the lineup as well. Center is tough to predict, but Chris Kaman is the safe bet.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets prediction and preview

When Wesley Matthews defends James Harden, basketball fans get their money's worth. (Photo: AP)

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Feb. 8 matchup against the Houston Rockets. These two teams have faced off twice this year, and Portland has come out on top both times. Each team is fighting for the final playoff spots out West, and the winner of this one will be that much closer to acheiving their goal of the postseason. The key matchup in this one is between J.J. Hickson and Omer Asik, although watching Wesley Matthews defend James Harden will be fun to watch for all fans.

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Trail Blazers Houston Rockets

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 16 matchup against the Houston Rockets. Portland avoided becoming the Western Conference’s worst team in Wednesday’s win against the Sacramento Kings, and a win against Houston would establish momentum going into an easier part of the schedule. The key matchup is between J.J. Hickson and Omer Asik, although it will be fun to watch Wesley Matthews vs. James Harden 2.0. LaMarcus Aldridge is Day-To-Day.

Five big men the Trail Blazers should pursue for 2012-13

J.J. Hickson

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 Rip City folks should do this off-season. He targets the Big Men. Andre Drummond, J.J. Hickson, Kris Humphries, Omer Asik are just a few of the names he says the Trail Blazers need to go after. Portland’s front line was as thin as tracing paper and will unlikely get any better in the 2012 NBA draft.

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