How Far Can Portland Go In The Playoffs?

0Contributor IIIMarch 13, 2010

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 26: Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers brings the ball up court against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Trail Blazers 115-111 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Portland Trail Blazers have been playing very well as of late winning 6 of their last 7 and 8 of their last 10 as they try to make a push to get a higher seeding in the playoffs. Their beginning to find their offense averaging 104.1 points per game during their last 7. Being realistic about their spot in the western conference is getting a 5-8 seed. Currently they are a game from both the 6 and 7 seed Spurs and Suns and are 2 games back from the 5 seed, the Thunder. However they sit 3.5 games from Utah which might be too much too overcome. They'll most likely play of the 1-4 teams in the west, the Lakers, Nuggets, Mavericks, or Jazz but I think the best chance the blazers have against any of those teams is the Mavericks. I know they are the hottest team in the NBA right now but the blazers were able to beat the Mavericks twice, both on the road, and without Brandon Roy for those games. The Mavericks have gotten better since we last faced them adding Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood but I still think the Trail Blazers feel most comfortable facing them. The Utah Jazz have swept us, the Nuggets beat us both on the road and at their house and Lakers are well, the Lakers. Dallas currently sits 3rd in the west and the Nuggets probably have the best chance of getting the 2 seed. So, the blazers goal is to get the 6 seed, no more and no less.