The banged-up bunch keeps re-loading, and the Blazers have once again persevered to the postseason, despite major injuries to key players. Behind the acquisition of Gerald Wallace and the inspired performance of LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland has become the lower seed nobody wants to play.
Dallas, meanwhile, is the higher seed everybody wants to play. Their miserable postseason history post-2006 still haunts them, and despite their excellent season, they will once again be tested by their own demons.
Prediction: Portland seems almost too obvious an upset pick, but since I haven't taken one yet, I'll go with the Blazers in 6.