3 Bold Trail Blazers Predictions for 2019
3 Bold Predictions
2019 has finally arrived, and the new year has us thinking boldly about the Portland Trail Blazers.
- Will Portland make the postseason?
- Will the Blazers finally get out of the first round?
- What other Blazers could we see in an All Star uniform in the future?
Our Blazers team of Dwight Jaynes, Jamie Hudson and Chris Burkhardt give their bold predictions about Portland's success in 2019.
Blazers will win a first-round series
Dwight Jaynes, Trail Blazers Insider:
Try this one on for size: The Trail Blazers are going to make the playoffs…. And win a first-round series… and actually make a good run at winning the second-round series before elimination.
I believe the experience level of this team is going to lead to first-round success – as long as the Trail Blazers don’t get stuck with Golden State in the first round.
Aside from the Warriors, Portland can handle anybody else in the first round. Mark my words. I expect more out of this team than what we’ve seen in the past.
Jamie Hudson, Trail Blazers' Reporter:
The Trail Blazers are going to put together some postseason magic. I think after getting swept by the Pelicans in such a way with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum not being big scoring threats, that is going to motivate them and this team to not let that happen again.
My prediction is Portland will win its first round matchup and you’re going to see Lillard and McCollum scoring in bunches, but also be able to trust their teammates to either kick out for three or dish down low when needed.
Nurk makes All-Star Game
Chris Burkhardt, Blazers Outsider:
Bosnian Beast has been solid in 2018. Scratch that. Bosnian Beast has been great!
Nurkic is averaging career-highs across the board – 14.5 point, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 rebounds per game. He started the new year by recording a rare 5x5: 24pts, 23rebs, 7ast, 5stls, 5blks. In fact, it was the first ever 5x5 where the player had 20 or more points and rebounds. Nurkic has gotten better and better with the Blazers, and there is no reason to think that will stop moving forward.
It may not happen in 2019, but it’s not far-fetched to think an All-Star Game is in Nurkic’s future.