Blazers news: Portland to lead NBA in miles traveled in 2018-19
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Blazers to lead NBA in miles traveled in 2018-19

C. J. McCollum, Damian Lillard, Terry Stotts

The Portland Trail Blazers’ odometer will be the busiest in the NBA next season. With the NBA releasing complete schedules of teams, it has now been determined which squad will be spending the most time on the road, traveling on the plane and on the bus, and it’s the Blazers.

Here’s a graph showing every team’s expected travel time in terms of miles next season, per Ed Küpfer.

Furthermore, Küpfer breaks down the travel distance per month of the next NBA season, showing that the Blazers will be traveling the most during the holiday season in December and late in March.

According to Casey Holdahl of NBA.com, Portland will travel over 54,000 miles, or about 1,000 more than it did a season ago.

In total, the Trail Blazers will travel 54,333 miles this season, which is roughly 1,000 miles fewer than they traveled last year, but still the most miles of any team in the NBA. Such is life playing in the Pacific Northwest.

Damian Lillard and the Blazers will kick off their 2018-19 schedule at home, as they become the first test for the new-look Los Angeles Lakers team that now has LeBron James. It’s worth noting that the last time James went to Portland, he put Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic in a body bag with arguably the most vicious slam dunk to come out of the 2017-18 season.

Portland went 21-20 on the road last season.