The Blazers and Grizzlies will battle it out this weekend in a unique play-in series, to the victor goes the eight seed.
With the eight seed, either Portland or Memphis will get the reward of playing the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Fans and experts alike have seen Portland as a legit threat to the Lakers, should they make the playoffs, and the odds are in Portland's favor.
Portland is the current eight seed, meaning they will have to win just one game to advance. Memphis, however, will have to beat Portland twice in consecutive days to leap the Blazers.
Can it be done? Sure. But it won't be easy.
With the Blazers having the inside track to LeBron and Co, everyone has already started to weigh in on how the Blazers-Lakers playoff series will look.
Can Portland challenge the King? LeBron James' former teammate Kevin Love thinks so.
On the latest edition of the Talkin' Blazers Podcast, Love gave hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon his thoughts on the potential Portland - Los Angeles matchup:
They can steal some games, especially with how Dame (Lillard) is playing. We're gonna have to see how CJ (McCollum) responds with his back because I do think they need the second primary scorer. - Kevin Love on potential Blazers - Lakers matchup
Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon].
Frye, who teamed up with Love and James to win a title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, also sees Portland posing a challenge.
"If you look at this team now... in the past, you had Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu who were great defenders but were reluctant to shoot the three-ball," said Frye. "Now it's like you double-team Dame, you're throwing it to Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic) who is a very underrated passer. Then he's throwing it to Melo (Carmelo Anthony) on one side, and CJ McCollum and Gary Trent Jr. on that side."
The Blazers have plenty of weapons on the offensive side of the ball, but perhaps the biggest dark horse in a series with the Lakers would be big man Jusuf Nurkic.
Nurkic is one of the best passing big men in the game, and his vision drastically changes the Blazers offense. As Frye said, unlike in years past, the Blazers can put multiple shooters on the floor, and Nurkic will know how to find them.
Love, a gifted big-man passer in his own right, knows exactly what Nurk can do.
"If they trap that ball screen and you have Nurk making passes on that short roll and you have to slide over and play midway in-between - it's either gonna be Melo or CJ shooting that shot... those guys can heat up and light up really, really fast. Kevin Love on how Nurkic can alter a series with the Lakers.
It's not only his passing the Blazers will need to take advantage of. They'll need to use his offensive skill in the paint as well. Attack the Lakers bigs with a healthy dose of the Bosnian Beast.
Said Frye, The Blazers are "gonna need to slow the game down and throw it to Nurk, and force-feed that big rhinoceros."
Get Nurk rolling, draw the defense in, let him kick it out to Lillard and watch the three-ball rain!
"I do think that Portland has the best chance, going against the Lakers" - Kevin Love.