As schedule improves, Portland Trail Blazers must return to early-season form

Thomas Robinson

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox looks ahead at the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule for the rest of the 2014 NBA season. With the playoffs around the corner, Rip City has a chance to take advantage of lighter opponents, such as the Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. Damian Lillard recognizes that confidence is a good thing, but the team must remain vigilant, as it’s been trending the wrong direction since a hot start.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks prediction and preview

Blazers vs. Bucks

Jason Hartzog previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ March 18 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. Portland is coming off a 101-100 loss to the 76ers on Monday night. Jason says for Portland, they have to keep up this fire and intensity. Losing these close games is rough, but you have to keep fighting. This will be a hard fought game. Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum will have their work cut out for them guarding J.J. Redick and co.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Brandon Jennings

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 19 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Portland is on a four-game losing streak after taking down LeBron James and the Miami Heat. They looked like a playoff team following that game, but it’s now a reasonable question as to whether they’re headed for the postseason or back into the lottery. The Blazers have to contain Brandon Jennings on Monta Eliis if they hope to come away with the ‘W.’ The key matchup in this one is between Jennings and Damian Lillard.