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The Portland Trailblazers are currently in seventh place in the West and have once again been hit with the injury bug. Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, and Marcus Camby have all missed time with injuries and still the team has stayed in the playoff race.
How the teams matchup:
PG: Andre Miller PG: Steve Nash
SG: Wesley Matthews SG: Vince Carter
SF: Nicolas Batum SF: Grant Hill
PF: Lamarcus Aldridge PF: Channing Frye
C: Marcus Camby C: Robin Lopez
The Portland Trailblazers today traded Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks, two first round picks, and cash for Gerald Wallace and drastically changed the look of their roster. It is yet to be seen if Wallace will start or come off the bench but I would guess he would be starting. With Wallace the Trailblazers get smaller but gain some toughness on the wings. The Blazers will absolutely be stacked on the wings with Brandon Roy, Gerald Wallace, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, and Wesley Matthews. The Suns will have more depth on the blocks than the Blazers with the Wallace trade but the Blazers have better wings.
Phoenix's chances to overtake the Trailblazers:
Both teams have changed drastically since they met in the playoffs and both have struggled since then. The Suns have had some problems containing the wings of the Blazers and should only have more with Gerald Wallace. The Suns advantage down low could be the difference maker in this matchup and should help the Suns dramatically. I give the Suns a 45% chance to overtake the Trailblazers.