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Raptors Look To Close Out 2014 With Third-Straight Win vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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It's been eight long years since Toronto last picked up a victory at the Moda Center. They'll look to exorcise those demons tonight against (arguably) the hottest team in basketball.

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Team Records: Toronto Raptors (24-7, 10-4 on road) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (25-7. 14-2 at home)

Where to Watch: Sportsnet 360

I stand out breaking in the Portland rain

I see the end there in your eyes as I watch you drive away

I walk back blind into my cold dreamhouse

And I think about the damage

I put the big light out

I don't want 2014 to end. It's been too darn good to our Toronto Raptors.

They own the second-best record (behind Memphis) in the NBA over the course of the year at 58-26, per Elias Sports Bureau. That's been capped off with eight wins in their last nine games, including seven by 10 or more points.

The surging Portland Trail Blazers may provide Canada's team with their toughest test to date, though, as their 25 victories are tops in the league.

LaMarcus Aldridge (22.9 points and 10.6 rebounds) is questionable after missing his last two games with an upper respiratory illness. It's always fun to knock off an elite squad when they're at their healthiest, although his 27.7 points and 13.5 boards in his last six outings against the Raptors will make part of you wish he doesn't take the court tonight.

What this team continues to prove night in and night out is that no amount of adversity will bring them down. An 11-4 record without All-Star DeMar DeRozan is proof in the pudding, while nine wins against the dreaded Western Conference shows they can hang with the big boys.

It was back on Dec. 22, 2006, when Toronto last beat Portland on their home floor (101-100 in OT). All streaks are meant to be broken, correct?

Can the Raptors' scoring (114.8 points in their last five) overcome a Trail Blazers defense that's been extremely effective (holding opponents to 96.5 points) this season?

Leave a comment, discuss amongst friends and enjoy tonight's festivities. Happy New Year!!