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Blazers invade Hawks' nest today

Blazers invade Hawks' nest today

Help could be on the way for the slumping Portland Trail Blazers, who haven't been able to stop the bleeding.

The Atlanta Hawks also appear to be falling apart down the stretch.

The Trail Blazers hope to get LaMarcus Aldridge back as they go for their first season sweep of the Hawks in six years Thursday night.

It's been a rough three weeks for Portland (45-27), which has dropped eight of 11 to put its playoff hopes at risk. The Blazers are just ahead of Golden State, Memphis, Phoenix and Dallas, who are battling for the Western Conference's final three postseason berths.

Portland's woes continued in Tuesday's 95-85 loss at last-place Orlando, dropping to 0-3 on a five-game road trip. Robin Lopez had a season-best 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Magic, who snapped a nine-game losing streak.

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