While divisions don’t really matter outside of rivalries in the NBA, each team plays their divisional opponents four times every season. For those math geniuses out there, that’s 16 games out of the 82 games, which is 20 percent of the NBA season.
Of course, the other 80 percent of the season matters, but how a team fairs against their divisional opponents is a huge indication of whether they’ll make the playoffs or not. Without making a giant generalization, a team that can take care of business in division has good chance of making the postseason.
That is where the Trail Blazers come in. Last season, Portland had a 13-3 record against divisional opponents. They finished second in the division behind the Oklahoma City Thunder, and fifth in the Western Conference with a 54-28 record.
If next season goes as expected, the Blazers should finish second in the division and should be in the playoff hunt for a top-four seed in the West. Let’s see how the Trail Blazers stack up against their division rivals next season.