2010-2011 NBA Predictions: Portland Trail Blazers NBA Picks: The Portland Trail Blazers had a winning 2009-2010 NBA picks season, with a 50-32 record, but fell to the Phoenix Suns in six games in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Vegas looks for improvement in the Blazers this NBA predictions season, giving them 10/1 NBA odds to win the Western Conference and 20/1 NBA odds to win the world championship. The Blazers are off to a good start in 2010 with a 4-2 record, good for first place in the Northwest division.
The Blazers are a young team, with 10 players under the age of 25, and only three players over 30. SG Brandon Roy leads the team in scoring with 21.3 points per game and over 40 minutes played per game. LaMarcus Aldridge, who is in his fourth year in the NBA, averages 19.3 PPG and is second on the team with 8.3 rebounds per game. He is also on the court for 40 minutes per game. Andre Miller, at point guard, and Marcus Canby, at power forward, are the old veterans of the team. Canby leads the team in rebounds while Miller is the floor leader and leading assist men.
This 2010 NBA picks sason the Blazers feature a deep bench, with ten players earning significant playing time. Wesley Matthews (11 PPG), at guard, and Nicholas Batum (10.8 PPG), at power forward lead the way. This is a good shooting team and can also play good defense.
Portland can rise to a top-four team in the Western Conference this NBA predictions season, and, with such a deep team, they should avoid fatigue late in the season. Are they another challenger to the Lakers? Probably not, but a deep run in the NBA playoffs is possible.
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