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Who Can the Trail Blazers Pass in the Western Conference Playoffs Race?

The 2020 NBA All-Star Break is here, marking the official (if not statistical) mid-way point of the season. It’s a time for fans to refresh, recharge, and get ready for the stretch run or start beefing up on NBA Draft Lottery prospects.

With only around a third of the season left, the Western Conference has separated into tiers. The Lakers are clearly on top, with the Clippers, Nuggets, Jazz, and Rockets in hot pursuit. The Thunder and Mavs surprisingly hold firm grasps on lower playoff spots, while most of the rest of the conference is attempting to snag the 8th seed.