After defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in a one-game play-in race, the Portland Trail Blazers will launch into the NBA bubble’s Western Conference Playoffs, presented by Moda Health and your local Toyota dealers, for the seventh-straight season. Seeded eighth, the Trail Blazers will be the away team for Games 1 and 2 in Orlando, Fla. at the AdventHealth Arena against the one-seed Los Angeles Lakers.
Game 1 is on Tuesday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m. PT and Game 2 is on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. PT. The series then shifts to the Trail Blazers as the home team at AdventHealth Arena, with game 3 on Saturday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. PT and Game 4 on Monday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. PT.
If necessary, Game 5 will be played on Wednesday, August 26; Game 6 on Friday, August 28 and a decisive Game 7 on Sunday, August 30. The times and locations for Games 5, 6 and 7 are to be determined.
The series opener will be televised on TNT, with Game 2 on ESPN, Game 3 exclusively on ABC and Game 4 again on TNT. All games in the first round, except game 3, against the Los Angeles Lakers will also be televised locally on NBC Sports NW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers, and broadcasted on Rip City Radio 620 and the Deschutes Brewery Trail Blazers Radio Network.
“We are ecstatic to once again have the opportunity to play for another NBA Championship, especially during our special 50th Anniversary Season,” says Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & CEO Chris McGowan. “Thank you to our fans for their tremendous, unwavering support during this season and the restart. I know Rip City will continue to be loud and proud for this team in their fight for the championship.”
In true Rip City fashion, the 2019-20 NBA Playoffs will be about more than just basketball for the Portland Trail Blazers. Civic participation is one of the most critical components of democracy and voting is an opportunity for fans to use their voice to help the determine the future of the community, state and country. The organization deems voting as a civic duty and has launched a voting initiative, providing resources for fans to make sure they are registered to vote, can sign up for election reminders and can be included in the 2020 census. To learn more and to check your voter registration status, visit trailblazers.com/vote.
The organization recently launched its “Racial Injustice Fund of the Trail Blazers Foundation” after seeing and experiencing racial inequities and racism throughout this country and our community. The team and organization refuse to remain silent, turn a blind eye and be complacent. The Racial Injustice Fund has been seeded by donations from our organization, staff, players and partners to support organizations advocating for racial injustice and police reform. Fans can now contribute to the Racial Injustice fund by donating HERE. Donations are tax-deductible, and one hundred percent of gifts and donations will go to nonprofits working in this space. To learn more about our commitment to fight racial injustice and to donate, visit trailblazers.com/commitment.
Fan engagement will be taken to the next level during this season’s Western Conference NBA Playoffs, presented by Moda Health and your local Toyota Dealers. For each game, the Trail Blazers will be distributing a “Digital Rip City Magazine” – the gameday programs fans previously picked up for every game at Moda Center. Each Rip City Magazine will feature different, exclusive content for fans, including player matchups and facts, kids’ games, player and coach features, clothing deals and more. Find your Rip City Magazine on the Trail Blazers app every game day.
Originally debuted during the 2018-19 regular-season finale, fans are once again encouraged to play “Beat the Buzzer,” presented by your local Toyota dealers. Beat the Buzzer is an interactive game allowing fans to predict what happens next during real-time, on-court actions and to win prizes, with the grand prize of $1 million up for grabs for one lucky fan who gets all 20 questions correct in a game. This game is free to all fans who would like to participate. To learn more and to play, visit trailblazers.com/buzzer.
New to Trail Blazers fans this season, “QUIZ CITY,” will be happening at halftime of each home playoff game. QUIZ CITY, hosted my Moda Center emcee Todd Bosma, is a live trivia show for fans to test their Trail Blazers knowledge. The fan with the best score will be entered for the chance to win a prize pack. To play, look out for the information in your Game Day Alert emails or click HERE.
The Trail Blazers will provide fans with a special, online-only retail “Deal of the Game” each game day. Fans can shop the Trail Blazers official online team store or find the Deal of the Game through the Game Day Alert emails and the Digital Rip City Magazine.
Launched for the first time ever during the NBA bubble through a partnership with the NBA and Microsoft, Trail Blazers season ticketholders and corporate partners will be given the exclusive opportunity to sign up and possibly be selected as a fan in the Trail Blazers Virtual Fan Zones. This second-screen experience allows fans to digitally interact with the game and players and become a part of the broadcast as they cheer on their team from hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away.
Source: Portland Trail Blazers