SportsNation Blog ArchivesSN Blog Archives Portland Trail Blazers

Getty Images

Your NBA playoff predictions?

The matchups are set. The NBA playoffs are almost here. And one thing's for sure: This should be a pretty competitive postseason. Which teams will win each playoff series? Who will take the conference titles? What about the whole thing? Cast your votes below!

More: Rank the playoff teams!

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

    •  
      92%
    •  
      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,749)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

    •  
      91%
    •  
      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,728)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

    •  
      38%
    •  
      62%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,696)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

    •  
      78%
    •  
      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,624)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

    •  
      92%
    •  
      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,418)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

    •  
      88%
    •  
      12%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,396)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

    •  
      68%
    •  
      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,286)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

    •  
      64%
    •  
      36%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,257)

  • Which will be the best first-round series in the NBA playoffs?

    •  
      8%
    •  
      8%
    •  
      56%
    •  
      22%
    •  
      6%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,339)

  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

    •  
      43%
    •  
      40%
    •  
      9%
    •  
      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 23,544)

  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

    •  
      32%
    •  
      55%
    •  
      13%

    Discuss (Total votes: 23,705)

  • Which team will win the NBA championship?

    •  
      31%
    •  
      9%
    •  
      28%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      13%

    Discuss (Total votes: 229,551)

Comment »

Just 16 teams remain in the chase for the 2013-14 NBA championship. How do they stack up against one another? Are the San Antonio Spurs (a league-high 62 wins) the best? Or do you rate another squad higher? Click on the logos below to set your list!

More: Your NBA playoff predictions?

2013-14 NBA Playoff Teams

Bobcats

Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats
No. 7 in East

Bulls

Bulls

Chicago Bulls
No. 4 in East

Clippers

Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers
No. 3 in West

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies
No. 7 in West

Hawks

Hawks

Atlanta Hawks
No. 8 in East

Heat

Heat

Miami Heat
No. 2 in East

Mavericks

Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks
No. 8 in West

Nets

Nets

Brooklyn Nets
No. 6 in East

Pacers

Pacers

Indiana Pacers
No. 1 in East

Raptors

Raptors

Toronto Raptors
No. 3 in East

Rockets

Rockets

Houston Rockets
No. 4 in West

Spurs

Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
No. 1 in West

Thunder

Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 2 in West

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers
No. 5 in West

Warriors

Warriors

Golden State Warriors
No. 6 in West

Wizards

Wizards

Washington Wizards
No. 5 in East

Your Rankings

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

16.

LaMarcus Aldridge goes off

Normally, it would be worth talking about a 32-point, 17-rebound performance from Dwight Howard, but not today. Instead, we're marveling at LaMarcus Aldridge scoring 31 points and grabbing 25 rebounds in a 111-104 win over the Rockets. Aldridge has really come into his own this season; through 23 games, he's averaging 23.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, both far above his career averages. If he keeps this up -- and the Trail Blazers remain atop the tough Western Conference -- he might be in line for the NBA's top award.

  • Is LaMarcus Aldridge a legitimate MVP candidate?

    •  
      57%
    •  
      43%

    Discuss (Total votes: 71,685)

  • Who is the best pure power forward in the NBA?

    •  
      41%
    •  
      22%
    •  
      33%
    •  
      4%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,824)

  • How far will the Trail Blazers advance this season?

    •  
      2%
    •  
      17%
    •  
      48%
    •  
      22%
    •  
      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,933)

  • Which is the best team in the NBA?

    •  
      24%
    •  
      49%
    •  
      4%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,121)

Comment »

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

What's up in Western Conference?

If the Minnesota Timberwolves were in the Eastern Conference -- like, say, their neighbors the Milwaukee Bucks -- they'd be fourth, with an 11-12 record. Instead, the Kevin Love-led team is in the West ... where it's 11th. And just half a game out of 13th. Tough conference, eh? Which teams will come good?

Which team will win the Northwest Division?

  •  
    37%
  •  
    59%
  •  
    4%

Discuss (Total votes: 6,790)

  • Which team will win the Pacific Division?

    •  
      73%
    •  
      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,402)

  • Which team will win the Southwest Division?

    •  
      77%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      4%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,290)

  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

    •  
      8%
    •  
      25%
    •  
      40%
    •  
      17%
    •  
      10%

    Discuss (Total votes: 73,130)

  • Which of these teams has the best shot at making the playoffs?

    •  
      27%
    •  
      10%
    •  
      28%
    •  
      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 21,145)

Comment »

AP Photo/Matt York

Just how good are Trail Blazers?

While their neighbors to the north were making noise in the NFL, the Portland Trail Blazers stepped up themselves Monday night, beating the previously one-loss Indiana Pacers 106-102 -- on the second night of a back-to-back. For those not paying attention, that pushes Portland to 15-3, with two of those losses, strangely, coming against the 9-8 Phoenix Suns. Are these Pacific Northwesterners legit contenders in the Western Conference?

  • Are the Trail Blazers legitimate contenders in the Western Conference?

    •  
      69%
    •  
      31%

    Discuss (Total votes: 57,608)

  • Who is the Blazers' best player?

    •  
      71%
    •  
      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 19,392)

  • Which team will win the Northwest Division?

    •  
      49%
    •  
      48%
    •  
      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,398)

  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

    •  
      6%
    •  
      34%
    •  
      32%
    •  
      18%
    •  
      10%

    Discuss (Total votes: 48,775)

  • Which of these teams will win the Eastern Conference?

    •  
      45%
    •  
      55%

    Discuss (Total votes: 34,969)

  • Which conference will produce the NBA champion?

    •  
      49%
    •  
      51%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,444)

Comment »