Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Northwest Division106.7 (2nd)102.8 (3rd)
Western Conference4th9th

Sixth-seeded Trail Blazers feel confident against No. 3 Mavericks

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The Trail Blazers got some rest and the first-round playoff matchup they desired.

Portland fell 110-86 to Golden State in Wednesday night's regular-season windup at Oracle Arena.

Coach Nate McMillan chose to sit out five of his top eight players -- starters LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby and key reserves Nicolas Batum and Brandon Roy.

All will be well-rested when the Blazers (48-34) begin the playoffs Saturday at Dallas.

Portland, the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, split four games with the third-seeded Mavericks this season, but won the last two. The Blazers, who won eight of their final 12 games, feel good about the way they match up with the Mavs, who have had their struggles over the final month of the regular season.

"I think we have a great chance against them," Wallace said. "They're a good team, but we proved the last two times we played that we can beat them."

WARRIORS 110, TRAIL BLAZERS 86: Reggie Williams, starting in place of injured Monta Ellis, scored 28 points on 12-for-18 shooting and went the entire 48 minutes in Golden State's romp past Portland Wednesday night at Oakland. The shorthanded Blazers, who used only two regulars, hung in for a half but were outmanned as Golden State (36-46) finished with a 10-win improvement over last season.

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