Second Half Schedule Release: Back-To-Backs, Road Trips And A Tough Finish

The Portland Trail Blazers still have quite a bit of work to do before closing out the first half of their 2020-21 season, but at least they know what they’ll be up against when the second half starts.

After only releasing the first half of the schedule at the beginning of the 2020-21 season in order to preserve flexibility needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA announced the second-half schedule on Wednesday for all 30 teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers.

So after a week-long break, the Trail Blazers will begin the second half of the season by hosting the Phoenix Suns on March 11 and will wrap it up by hosting the Nuggets on May 16. Observe…

That’s 37 games over the course of 67 days. Portland had two games cancelled, both versus the Memphis Grizzlies, in the first half of the season, and those two games have now been rolled into the second half of the season. In contrast, the Blazers (assuming none of their remaining games in the first half of the season are postponed) played 35 games over the course of 72 days in the firs half of the season.

There’s 19 home games and 18 road games, which are clumped into trips of six games (one), four games (one) and two games (four), and the games are pretty evenly spread out between months.

The schedule, to use a tired expression, is what it…

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