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After a successful six game homestand, the Blazers will embark on a six game road trip, three of which will be played next week. The Blazers face three of the most drama filled teams around the NBA: the Lakers, Timberwolves, and Wizards. These teams have all had rough starts to the year, but have the talent to explode.
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11/14- Blazers at Lakers
This will be the third matchup between the two teams within the first 15 games of the year. The Lakers finally snapped their 16 game losing streak just over a week ago, but the Blazers are looking forward to starting a new win streak. The Lakers have seemed to set a permanent starting lineup of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James, and JaVale McGee, which has made their unit more switchable on defense. However, the biggest change has to be the addition of Tyson Chandler to the team, who gives a level of physicality previously not on their roster. This also eliminates the disaster of playing either Kuzma or LeBron at the center position, and takes away the reliance on the overworked JaVale McGee. The key for the Blazers is to create an advantage from the three point line and to not let any of the non-LeBron playmakers to get hot.
11/16- Blazers at Timberwolves
Wondering how the post Jimmy Butler Timberwolves look? The Blazers will likely be one of the first teams to see the revamped squad. If you missed the news that shocked the NBA world on Saturday, Jimmy Butler, along with a couple of other pieces, was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and Jerryd Bayless. This opens up more space for Karl-Anthony Towns, who has been used terribly when Jimmy Butler has shared the court. The trade allows Towns to penetrate the defense with less coverage due to more shooters surrounding the court. Due to the fact that Saric and Covington will be new to the system, expect a sort of dysfunction for the first few games (different from the dysfunction when Butler was on the team). Hopefully, the Blazers can capitalize on the Timberwolves lack of chemistry for an easy win.
11/18- Blazers at Wizards
The Blazers have the ability to get revenge against the heartbreaking overtime loss against the Wizards early in the year at home. That win for the Wizards has actually been one of the few highlights for the team. The whole team has been under dysfunction, with the egos of the team taking precedence over talent. On paper, the Wizards are similar to the Blazers, with two dominant guards, and shooting surrounding them, along with a strong bench. But, when you have John Wall, Markieff Morris, Dwight Howard, and Austin Rivers, among others, there should be no surprises. Everyone knew that the Wizards lack of chemistry would mitigate some of their on court impact, but almost no one thought that the impact would be this negative. Expect the Blazers to contain the impact of players such as Morris and Kelly Oubre, and to get a win against a reeling opponent.
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