Breaking down the key parts of the Trail Blazers 2018-2019 NBA Schedule
Tough stretch to start
The Trail Blazers will look to keep two streaks alive when they open the season against the Lakers on October 18th.The Blazers hold a franchise-record of 15 straight wins over the Lakers, which dates back to March of 2014. Plus, Portland has won an NBA-record, 17 consecutive home openers.
And get ready Blazer fans; you’re going to get to know this new-look Lakers team real well, real fast. Portland will play the Lakers three different times in the first five weeks of the season.
This is nice...There are only two back-to-back in the first month and a half of the season for Portland. Of the first 22 games in the first two months, 17 of those games are against almost certain playoff opponents, meaning those teams made the postseason last year.
A jam-packed month
Fans have already been excited about the Blazers playing on Christmas Day after the five-game Christmas schedule was released earlier this week.
And boy, oh boy, it’s going to be a busy month with that Christmas game! In the month of December, Portland will have a game every other day for nearly the entire month. Exceptions being a two-day break on the 9th and 10th before heading into a back to back.
Plus in December, Portland will have a home and home series against Golden State with a matchup in the Bay on December 27th and then the Warriors make their way to Moda Center on December 29th.
It feels good to be home
After a crazy December, January will be a breathe of fresh air. Of the 15 games in January, 9 of those games will be held in Moda Center.
The road trips get shorter with a single gamer, a two-gamer, and one three-gamer, all against Western Conference teams.
The airplane miles are not going to rack up in the start of 2019, that’s for sure.
The brutal road trip
You could almost say, the Trail Blazers have two All-Star breaks in the month of February. Portland will get a five-day break in between games to start the month and then will have a total of 7-days off for the annual break.
These extra rest days will be necessary, with a massive road trip from the end of the month into March. This will be longest road trip of the season-- a 13-day trip with seven games and one day of rest between each game. This will be a pivotal stretch of the season that could make or break the team’s playoff chances.
In the final nine contests of the season, six of those are on the road. Portland will conclude its road games the way it started the season vs. LeBron and the Lakers.
In the final month of the season, the Blazers will visit two teams that were fighting for a playoff spots last season: Minnesota and Denver.
As the season winds down and watching playoff seeding becomes any everyday occurrence, all six of the Blazers games in April will be against Western Conference opponents.