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Wednesday, October 31 vs. Los Angeles
Portland's season begins with a bang, as the Blazers open at home against Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers.
This contest will definitely be baptism by fire for Portland rookies Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard. But I could see Portland pulling this one out if they can take advantage of their raucous home crowd and if the Lakers are still working out all the hitches within their offense.
Friday, November 2 at Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland gets no breather after their opening bout with L.A., as they then travel to the defending Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder.
Though it's certain that nothing will be decided in the first two games of the season, Portland could make an immense statement with a 2-0 start against two Western Conference juggernauts.
In reality, they would probably be thrilled with a split here.
Saturday, November 10 vs. San Antonio Spurs
The murderous early schedule gets no easier when the San Antonio Spurs come to town. The perennial powerhouses from the Lone Star State are the Blazers' opponents in game two of a three-game home stand.
That early in the season is not the ideal time to face the wily veterans of San Antonio, as the fatigue caused by the rigorous NBA schedule has not set in on their competitors yet.
Friday, November 23 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
This is arguably the most notable game of Portland's season. After a year of rehabilitation, former Blazer Brandon Roy returns to the Rose Garden as a member of the new-look Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves also welcome Alexey Shved, Chase Budinger and Andrei Kirilenko. Reloaded for bear, the Timberwolves should prove to be fierce competition for the Trail Blazers throughout the season.
October/November W-L Predictions: 6-10
Wins: Rockets, Kings, Suns, Timberwolves, Pistons, Wizards
Losses: Lakers, Thunder, Mavericks, Clippers, Spurs, Hawks, Rockets, Bulls, Nets, Celtics