Despite a barrage of injuries last year the Portland Trail Blazers still managed their second consecutive 50-win season. Starters Nicolas Batum, Greg Oden, and Brandon Roy missed a total of 123 games and never played a single second together. Another 72 games were missed by key reserves Joel Przybilla and Rudy Fernandez.
Portland’s injuries allowed young players Jerryd Bayless and Dante Cunningham to gain valuable experience. The fortitude and toughness the Trail Blazers exhibited last year will bode well for them heading into the 2010-2011 NBA season.
If Batum, Oden, and Roy can stay on the floor the Portland Trail Blazers will easily eclipse last season’s 50 win total.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2010-2011 Portland Trail Blazers:
Game 1, Tuesday, October 26th versus Suns- Trail Blazers open the season with a home win over the team that eliminated them from last season’s playoffs, the Phoenix Suns (Record 1-0).
Game 2, Wednesday, October 27th at Los Angeles Clippers- Trail Blazers beat the Clippers to begin a four-game road trip (Record 2-0).
Game 3, Saturday, October 30th at New York- Trail Blazers get a victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 3-0).
Game 4, Monday, November 1st at Chicago- Trail Blazers lose a close game to the Bulls (Record 3-1).
Game 5, Tuesday, November 2nd at Milwaukee- Trail Blazers get back on track and defeat the Bucks in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 4-1).
Game 6, Thursday, November 4th versus Thunder- Trail Blazers play their fourth game in six nights and fall to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Record 4-2).
Game 7, Saturday, November 6th versus Raptors- Trail Blazers complete a short two-game home stand with a victory over the Toronto Raptors (Record 5-2).
Game 8, Sunday, November 7th at Los Angeles Lakers- Trail Blazers drop a road game to the Lakers (Record 5-3).
Game 9, Tuesday, November 9th versus Pistons- Trail Blazers get a home win over the visiting Detroit Pistons (Record 6-3).
Game 10, Friday, November 12th at Oklahoma City- Trail Blazers defeat the Thunder and avenge a loss they suffered earlier in the month (Record 7-3).
Game 11, Saturday, November 13th at New Orleans- Trail Blazers beat the Hornets at New Orleans Arena (Record 8-3).
Game 12, Tuesday, November 16th at Memphis- Trail Blazers complete a perfect 3-0 road trip with a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (Record 9-3).
Game 13, Thursday, November 18th versus Nuggets- Trail Blazers fall to Northwest Division rival Denver Nuggets (Record 9-4).
Game 14, Saturday, November 20th versus Jazz- Trail Blazers get a close home win over the hard-nosed Utah Jazz (Record 10-4).
Game 15, Friday, November 26th versus Hornets- Trail Blazers drop the final game of a three-game home stand to the New Orleans Hornets (Record 10-5).
Game 16, Sunday, November 28th at New Jersey- Trail Blazers defeat the Nets to begin a four-game road trip (Record 11-5).
Game 17, Tuesday, November 30th at Philadelphia- Trail Blazers get their fifth straight win on the road by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers (Record 12-5).
Game 18, Wednesday, December 1st at Boston- Trail Blazers begin December with a loss to the Celtics at the TD Garden (Record 12-6).
Game 19, Friday, December 3rd at Washington- Trail Blazers visit the Nation’s Capital and come away with a win over the Washington Wizards (Record 13-6).
Game 20, Sunday, December 5th versus Clippers- Trail Blazers get a home win over Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers (Record 14-6).
Game 21, Tuesday, December 7th versus Suns- Trail Blazers beat the Phoenix Suns at the Rose Garden (Record 15-6).
Game 22, Thursday, December 9th versus Magic- Trail Blazers get an impressive win over the Orlando Magic to complete a 3-0 home stand (Record 16-6).
Game 23, Friday, December 10th at Phoenix- Trail Blazers visit the Valley of the Sun and drop the second half of a back-to-back (Record 16-7).
Game 24, Sunday, December 12th at San Antonio- Trail Blazers fall to the savvy San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center (Record 16-8).
Game 25, Monday, December 13th at Memphis- Trail Blazers drop a close road game to the Grizzlies (Record 16-9).
Game 26, Wednesday, December 15th at Dallas- Trail Blazers defeat the Mavericks to close a four-game road trip (Record 17-9).
Game 27, Friday, December 17th versus Timberwolves- Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 13th straight time (Record 18-9).
Game 28, Saturday, December 18th versus Warriors- Trail Blazers get a home win over the Golden State Warriors (Record 19-9).
Game 29, Monday, December 20th versus Bucks- Trail Blazers squeak by the Milwaukee Bucks for their 20th win of the season (Record 20-9).
Game 30, Saturday, December 25th at Golden State- Trail Blazers begin a three-game road trip with a loss to the Warriors (Record 20-10).
Game 31, Monday, December 27th at Utah- Trail Blazers fall to the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena for the sixth straight time (Record 20-11).
Game 32, Tuesday, December 28th at Denver- Trail Blazers continue to struggle with a loss to the Nuggets (Record 20-12).
Game 33, Thursday, December 30th versus Jazz- Trail Blazers stop the slide with a home win over Utah (Record 21-12).
Game 34, Sunday, January 2nd versus Rockets- Trail Blazers get their eighth straight win at the Rose Garden by defeating the Houston Rockets (Record 22-12).
Game 35, Tuesday, January 4th at Dallas- Trail Blazers fall to the Mavericks and lose their fourth straight on the road (Record 22-13).
Game 36, Wednesday, January 5th at Houston- Trail Blazers drop a road game to the Rockets and misstep on the Texas Two-Step (Record 22-14).
Game 37, Friday, January 7th at Minnesota- Trail Blazers avoid a winless road trip with a victory over the Timberwolves (Record 23-14).
Game 38, Sunday, January 9th versus Heat- Trail Blazers drop a home game to the visiting Miami Heat (Record 23-15).
Game 39, Tuesday, January 11th versus Knicks- Trail Blazers get back on track with a win over the New York Knicks (Record 24-15).
Game 40, Friday, January 14th at Phoenix- Trail Blazers get their 25th win of the season with a victory over the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Arena (Record 25-15).
Game 41, Saturday, January 15th versus Nets- Trail Blazers get a home win over the New Jersey Nets (Record 26-15).
Game 42, Monday, January 17th versus Timberwolves- Trail Blazers defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves and get their fourth straight win (Record 27-15).
Game 43, Wednesday, January 19th at Sacramento- Trail Blazers beat the Sacramento Kings for the eighth consecutive time (Record 28-15).
Game 44, Thursday, January 20th versus Clippers- Trail Blazers fall to the Los Angeles Clippers and drop the second half of a back-to-back (Record 29-15).
Game 45, Saturday, January 22nd versus Pacers- Trail Blazers get back on track with a win over the pesky Indiana Pacers (Record 30-15).
Game 46, Monday, January 24th versus Kings- Trail Blazers get another win over the Kings (Record 31-15).
Game 47, Thursday, January 27th versus Celtics- Trail Blazers get an impressive home win over the Boston Celtics (Record 32-15).
Game 48, Tuesday, February 1st versus Spurs- Trail Blazers complete a 4-1 home stand with a win over the San Antonio Spurs (Record 33-15).
Game 49, Wednesday, February 2nd at Denver- Trail Blazers fall to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center (Record 33-16).
Game 50, Friday, February 4th at Indiana- Trail Blazers get back on track with a road win over the Pacers (Record 33-17).
Game 51, Saturday, February 5th at Cleveland- Trail Blazers finish a disappointing 1-2 road trip with a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers (Record 33-18).
Game 52, Monday, February 7th versus Bulls- Trail Blazers defeat the Chicago Bulls and avenge their first loss of the season (Record 34-18).
Game 53, Friday, February 11th at Toronto- Trail Blazers begin a three-game road trip with a double-digit victory over the Toronto Raptors (Record 35-18).
Game 54, Sunday, February 13th at Detroit- Trail Blazers beat the Pistons and sweep the season series for the third straight year (Record 36-18).
Game 55, Monday, February 14th at Minnesota- Trail Blazers defeat the Timberwolves and win both halves of a back-to-back (Record 37-18).
Game 56, Wednesday, February 16th versus Hornets- Trail Blazers go into the All-Star Break with a victory over the New Orleans Hornets (Record 38-18).
Game 57, Wednesday, February 23rd versus Lakers- Trail Blazers get an impressive win over the Los Angeles Lakers to begin the second half of the season (Record 39-18).
Game 58, Friday, February 25th versus Nuggets- Trail Blazers get their seventh win in a row by defeating the Denver Nuggets (Record 40-18).
Game 59, Sunday, February 27th versus Hawks- Trail Blazers continue to roll with a victory over the high-flying Atlanta Hawks (Record 41-18).
Game 60, Tuesday, March 1st versus Rockets- Trail Blazers finish a 4-1 home stand with a loss to the Houston Rockets (Record 41-19).
Game 61, Wednesday, March 2nd at Sacramento- Trail Blazers get a road win over the Kings (Record 42-19).
Game 62, Saturday, March 5th versus Bobcats- Trail Blazers win a low-scoring battle against the Charlotte Bobcats (Record 43-19).
Game 63, Monday, March 7th at Orlando- Trail Blazers begin a four-game road trip with a loss to the Orlando Magic (Record 43-20).
Game 64, Tuesday, March 8th at Miami- Trail Blazers fall to the Heat and drop both halves of a tough back-to-back (Record 43-21).
Game 65, Friday, March 11th at Charlotte- Trail Blazers get another close win over the Bobcats (Record 44-21).
Game 66, Saturday, March 12th at Atlanta- Trail Blazers drop a road game to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena (Record 44-22).
Game 67, Tuesday, March 15th versus Mavericks- Trail Blazers get back on track with a home win over the Dallas Mavericks (Record 45-22).
Game 68, Thursday, March 17th versus Cavaliers- Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time since January of 2007 (Record 46-22).
Game 69, Saturday, March 19th versus 76ers- Trail Blazers pick up their third straight win with a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (Record 47-22).
Game 70, Sunday, March 20th at Los Angeles Lakers- Trail Blazers defeat the Lakers and take both halves of a back to back (Record 48-22).
Game 71, Tuesday, March 22nd versus Wizards- Trail Blazers drop a home game to the Washington Wizards (Record 48-23).
Game 72, Friday, March 25th versus Spurs- Trail Blazers fall to Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs at the Rose Garden (Record 48-24).
Game 73, Sunday, March 27th at Oklahoma City- Trail Blazers begin a three-game road trip with a win over the Thunder (Record 49-24).
Game 74, Monday, March 28th at San Antonio- Trail Blazers get their 50th win of the season with a close win over the Spurs (Record 50-24).
Game 75, Wednesday, March 30th at New Orleans- Trail Blazers get stung by the Hornets (Record 50-25).
Game 76, Friday, April 1st versus Thunder- Trail Blazers defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder and win the season series 3-1 (Record 51-25).
Game 77, Sunday, April 3rd versus Mavericks- Trail Blazers get an important home win over the Dallas Mavericks (Record 52-25).
Game 78, Tuesday, April 5th versus Warriors- Trail Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors for their third consecutive victory (Record 53-25).
Game 79, Thursday, April 7th at Utah- Trail Blazers get a road win over the Jazz (Record 54-25).
Game 80, Friday, April 8th versus Lakers- Trail Blazers lose a home game to the Los Angeles Lakers and drop the second half of a back-to-back (Record 54-26).
Game 81, Tuesday, April 12th versus Grizzlies- Trail Blazers get a home win over the Memphis Grizzlies (Record 55-26).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 13th at Golden State- Trail Blazers close the season with a road win over the Warriors (Record 56-26).
Prediction: The Portland Trail Blazers will win their first Northwest Division title while compiling their third consecutive 50-win season.
More 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions:
Los Angeles Lakers 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Chicago Bulls 2010-2011 Game-By-Game Predictions
Dallas Mavericks 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Information from ESPN’s Portland Trail Blazers Statistics and ESPN’s Portland Trail Blazers Schedule was used for this article.