Blazers have tough second-half schedule
The NBA released its second-half schedule on Wednesday, and the Trail Blazers have a tough stretch to make the playoffs.
Then again, reinforcements should be on the way with the expected return of CJ McCollum (foot) and Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) to help Damian Lillard & Co.
Of the 37 scheduled games, Portland has 10 back-to-back game situations, and faces, in the final 10 days, Western Conference foes Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio and Houston at Moda Center, Utah and Phoenix on the road and then Denver at home May 16 to conclude the regular season.
The second half begins March 11 versus Phoenix at home, and then continues with two consecutive games at Minnesota, and then two each on home court against New Orleans and Dallas.
After the New Orleans and Dallas games, the Blazers play Brooklyn (and James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant) at the Moda Center on March 23.
Of note, the Blazers play host to Boston and former Oregon star Payton Pritchard on April 13.
There'll be 19 games at Moda Center and 18 games on the road.
The Trail Blazers will embark on two extended road trips this spring: a four-game swing through Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Detroit from March 25-31 and a six-game trip to Indiana, Memphis, Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta and Cleveland, April 27-May 5.
All 37 of the announced games will be televised by NBC Sports Northwest (NBCSNW) and NBCSNW Rip City Radio AM-620.
Four of Portland's second-half games will appear on national television, with TNT broadcasting home games against New Orleans (March 16), Boston (April 13) and the Los Angeles Clippers (April 20) and a road game at Miami (March 25).
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