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Purple Fever Returns: Raptors Face Tough Test vs. Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki and company look to derail the Raptors' six-game winning streak at the Air Canada Centre on Friday night.

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Team Records: Dallas Mavericks (11-5, 4-3 on road) vs. Toronto Raptors (13-2, 9-1 at home)

Where to Watch: TSN

Natchez to New Orleans

Livin on jacks and queens

Maverick is a legend of the west.

Maverick is a legend of the west.

To stick with the TV theme: Like Zack Morris in the hallways of Bayside High, the Raptors and Mavericks are going to score and score a lot.

Both teams currently rank No. 1 and 2 respectively in the NBA in points per game. Dallas leads the way with 109.3, while Toronto is a hair behind at 108.0.

Jameer Nelson is expected back tonight after missing last game with back spasms. Even if he were to sit out, the Mavs' roster has enough point guards (Devin Harris, J.J Barea and if Raymond Felton could ever play....) to survive a nuclear blast.

Remember Kyle Lowry for Raymond Felton (During his time in New York)? Dodged that bullet.

Jalen Rose, who ranks 12th all-time in points scored (2,862) for the Raptors, will be honored tonight as part of the 20th anniversary celebration. Here's hoping they play "Kissed by a Rose" by Seal when it all goes down. I miss that track. Batman Forever wasn't awful. [Ed. Note: Yes, yes it was.]

Win No. 14 isn't going to come easy. Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons are all capable of going off for big games. Tyson Chandler's length will give Jonas Valanciunas problems. And, Dallas' bench (37.9 points) is on par with that of Toronto's (37.8).

They may only be sixth in the Western Conference, but throw them in the East and you have your No. 2 seed behind Canada's crew.

But we're wearing purple. When there's purple, there's power. Purple Power!

Does the road to 80-2 continue? Leave your comments below and enjoy tonight's festivities!