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Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Early Games That Stand Out

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Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Early Important Games

Portland Trailblazers 2014-2015 Schedule: 5 Early Important Games
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The Portland Trail Blazers had a tremendous 2013-14 campaign reaching the second round of the NBA Western Conference Finals. They look to build on that in 2014-15 and here are five early important games that could shape their season.

5. Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Wednesday October 29, 2014: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trailblazers
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY

5. Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Wednesday October 29, 2014: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trailblazers
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY

Right off the bat is test No. 1 as the Trail Blazers open their season at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, an early Northwest Division battle. Beating OKC on opening night will be a tremendous confidence booster, plus sends a message to the NBA that last season wasn’t a fluke.

4. Thursday Nov. 6, 2014: Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Thursday November 6, 2014: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trailblazers
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4. Thursday Nov. 6, 2014: Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Thursday November 6, 2014: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trailblazers
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This should be a fun matchup when Dallas heads to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers. Both teams have made upgrades and watching LeMarcus Aldridge and Dirk Nowitzki go head-to-head is always a fun night of basketball.

3. Saturday Nov. 8, 2014: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Saturday November 8, 2014: Portland Trailblazers vs Los Angeles Clippers
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3. Saturday Nov. 8, 2014: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Saturday November 8, 2014: Portland Trailblazers vs Los Angeles Clippers
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This will be a great matchup when Portland visits the Clippers. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul take on LeMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard in what should be a battle of two teams looking to make a statement to one another.

2. Monday Nov. 17, 2014: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers

 Monday November 17, 2014: New Orleans Pelicans vs Portland Trailblazers
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2. Monday Nov. 17, 2014: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers

 Monday November 17, 2014: New Orleans Pelicans vs Portland Trailblazers
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Anthony Davis brings his Pelicans into the Moda Center to take on the Trail Blazers in what could be a tremendous battle between two teams hungry for not only respect, but a title. The Pelicans might be a year or two away, but this will be a good win for the Trail Blazers.

1. Friday Nov. 28, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Friday November 28, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trailblazers
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY

1. Friday Nov. 28, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Friday November 28, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trailblazers
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY

The grit and grind Memphis Grizzlies arrive in Portland to take on the Trail Blazers in a contest that should not only be physical, but feature two fun guards to watch in Damian Lillard and Mike Conley. Beating a quality team like Memphis is always a feather in anyone’s cap.