2018-2019 Portland Trail Blazers Team Preview and Betting Picks
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Moda Center – Portland, Oregon
Terry Stotts – Head Coach
Western Conference – Northwest Division
2017 Record: 49-33
The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t really shake much up in the offseason. They basically kept their core lineup in place and added a few key pieces of depth to come in off the bench.
The Trail Blazers have gone to the playoffs in each of the last 5 seasons but have yet to get past the Western Conference Semifinals under the current administration. Will this year be the season that the Trail Blazers get over the hump and win the Western Conference?
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Portland Trail Blazers and determine where we think they will end up.
Portland Trail Blazers Coaching
Terry Stouts will be in his 7th season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Stouts has had decent success with the Trail Blazers, taking them to the postseason in each that he has been with the team with the exception of the first year. Stouts has led the Trail Blazers to the Conference Semifinals twice and the First Round of the Western Conference Postseason 3 times.
Stouts has coached with numerous teams in the NBA, including the Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Seattle Supersonics.
Overall, in his head coaching career, Stout is 1 game under .500 at 387 and 388.
Portland Trail Blazers Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Trail Blazers used their 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 24th and take IMG Academy Shooting Guard, Anfernee Simons
- June 22, 2018 – The Trail Blazers used their 2nd round NBA Draft selection to pick 37th and take Duke Shooting Guard, Gary Trent Jr.
- July 5, 2018 – The Trail Blazers signed free agent, Nik Stauskas, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets.
- July 6, 2018 – The Trail Blazers resigned Jusuf Nurkic.
- July 6, 2018 – The Trail Blazers signed free agent Seth Curry, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks.
- July 17, 2018 – The Trail Blazers lost Shabazz Napier to free agency, who later signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
- July 17, 2018 – The Trail Blazers waived Georgios Papagiannis.
- July 23, 2018 – The Trail Blazers lost Ed Davis to free agency, who later signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
- August 1, 2018 – The Trail Blazers lost Pat Connaughton to free agency, who later signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.
- August 3, 2018 – The Trail Blazers lost CJ Wilcox to free agency, who later signed with Indiana Pacers.
- September 4, 2018 – The Trail Blazers signed free agent Cameron Oliver, formerly of the Delaware 87’ers from the G-League.
- September 4, 2018 – The Trail Blazers signed free agent Chinanu Onuaku, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks.
- September 4, 2018 – The Trail Blazers signed free agent Gary Payton, formerly of the LA Lakers.
Portland Trail Blazers Starting 5
Damian Lillard (PG) – Lillard is one of the top scorers in the league. Last year, he scored more points in the second half than any other player in the Western Conference. He should once again be the top scorer on the Trail Blazers and also dish out the most assists on the team.
CJ McCollum (SG) – McCollum is the second leading scorer on the team. He is a consistent shooter that will remain the second choice among scorers on the team.
Maurice Harkless (SF) – This is totally up in the air if Moe Harkless will get the starting job or if Evan Turner will be the starter. For now, we are going to throw Harkless in there. Harkless is a solid big man with decent 3-point shot.
Al-Farouq Aminu (PF) – Aminu brings a veteran presence to Portland and provides a bit of increased 3-point shooting. Last year, he shot a career high from the 3-point line and will be looking to continue his hot shooting.
Jusuf Nurkic (C) – Nurkic is one of the best screen setters in the league. He is capable of being a big body in the paint and is averaging just under double digit rebounds per game.
Portland Trail Blazers Key Bench Players
Seth Curry (PG) – Curry was on the sideline in 2017-2018 with a stress fracture in his leg. If he is truly healthy and is able to play at 100% this year, he could see extra time to make up for the loss of Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier.
Evan Turner (SF) – Turner isn’t going to win any 3-point competitions and certainly isn’t going to win a scoring title but what he does have is a veteran presence on the court and is reliable and played last year pretty much unscathed without any injuries.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers are a steady team that are going to make the playoffs each year….but not much more than that. They have one of the best point guards in the game in Damian Lillard but the problem is his supporting cast is B-Unit players. There really isn’t a lot of help for Lillard so he is reliant on scoring big each and every night or the Trail Blazers struggle to win.
As I said, there is no doubt that I think they are good enough to make the postseason but not much more. I will not be playing them in any of the futures this year and will fade them for regular season team wins as well.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Portland Trail Blazers:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +10000
- Odds to Win Western Conference Championship: +5500
- Odds to Win Northwest Division: +550
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 42
- NBA MVP Odds: Damian Lillard +4500
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