One striking thing about the first-half schedule for the Trail Blazers is the up-and-down nature of it. The trips are longer than usual -- but the homestands are longer, too. After some difficult games to start the season in December, Portland has a 12-game run during the month of January that features 10 home games. Then the Trail Blazers play 14 games in the 28 days of February and 10 of those are on the road. If ever there was a possibility of a rollercoaster type of season, this schedule certainly forecasts it.
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