LeBron James, Damian Lillard
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Portland Trail Blazers are one of six teams currently outside the top in either conference that were given a chance to qualify for the playoffs. The Blazers will have 8 games to make the jump. They can only overtake the current eighth seed the Memphis Grizzlies.

If that happens, Portland is most likely to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. But, Damian Lillard is not worried about that. Quite contrary, he would like for such matchup to occur and is confident that his team could prevail.

“Of course. I think we could beat them,” Lillard said when asked by Lisa Robinson of Vanity Fair about the prospect of facing the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.