Portland @ Dallas
Being at home and playing inferior competition have helped push the Portland Trail Blazers back in the right direction.
Now the question is whether they can keep it going without those advantages.
The Trail Blazers haven't done well lately in road games or against teams with winning records, and they'll be facing plenty of both during a stretch that begins tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.
This matchup kicks off the first of two five-game road trips this month for Portland (42-19), which has played seven of eight at home since the All-Star break. The first four opponents on this trek are all above .500 -- Dallas (36-26), Houston, Memphis and San Antonio -- before it ends next Friday in New Orleans.