The Portland Trail Blazers stand right now at eight place in the Western Conference with an overall record of 41-28.
That leaves 13 games left in the 2009-2010 season for Portland.
if the season ended today the Blazers would face the L.A. Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
Though most teams would rather face anyone than the Lakers, it may be to the Blazers advantage to play them.
Portland matches up well with the Lakers and always seems to play their best basketball when L.A. is in town.
Whatever the reason is, the Blazers seem to consistently beat the Lakers at home. Before a loss earlier this season, Portland had a home winning streak against L.A. since February 23, 2005.
During that stretch the Lakers had consistently been one of the best teams in the NBA.
So why wouldn't the Blazers want to play them?
In my opinion, Denver is a much more dangerous team and Portland hasn't had substantial success against them recently.
Ideally, the best matchup for the Blazers in the playoffs would be the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But Portland would have to move up several spaces to set up that matchup.
If the Blazers beat the Lakers in the first round they would be in the driver's seat in the Western Conference playoffs.
There's no telling how the playoff race will work out in the tight Western Conference but if Portland does end up facing the Lakers,
Let's beat L.A.