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Monday, December 17th (All times eastern)

New Orleans Hornets (15-9) at Portland Trail Blazers (12-12), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot Portland Trail Blazers try to extend their winning streak to eight games, as they welcome the New Orleans Hornets tonight to the Rose Garden.

This is the third meeting of the campaign between the clubs. Both teams picked up a victory on the road in the previous two contests.

The Hornets have lost three in a row at Portland.

The teams will meet for the fourth and final time this season, as the Hornets will host the Trail Blazers on January 23, 2008 at New Orleans Arena.

Portland opens a six-game homestand. Brandon Roy poured in 26 points and dished out 11 assists as the Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets, 116-105, on Sunday at the Pepsi Center.

Channing Frye added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have won seven straight overall and ended a nine-game skid in Denver. Travis Outlaw scored 17, while James Jones finished netted 14 and Jarrett Jack chipped in 10 points in the win.

LaMarcus Aldridge (plantar fasciitis in right foot) is questionable for Portland. Aldridge, who has missed four straight contests, is averaging 18.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

The Trail Blazers, who have won four in a row at the Rose Garden, are 9-3 at home this season. They will also host Toronto, Denver, Seattle, Minnesota and Philadelphia on the current homestand.

New Orleans tries to win back-to-back games, as it opens a two-game road trip. Chris Paul scored 21 points, icing the game on a pair of free throws with 0.2 seconds left, as the Hornets edged the Phoenix Suns, 101-98, on Saturday at New Orleans Arena.

Paul also dished out 10 assists to record the double-double, and Morris Peterson chipped in 21 points for the Hornets, who halted a two-game losing streak. David West finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyson Chandler collected 14 points and 18 rebounds and Rasual Butler netted 12 in the victory.

On the injury front for the Hornets, Peja Stojakovic (strained left groin) is questionable for tonight's contest. Stojakovic did not play against Phoenix and has missed three games this season. He is averaging 14.1 points per game this season.

The Hornets, who have dropped two in a row as the visitor, are 8-4 on the road this season. They will visit the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday at KeyArena.

12/17 10:33:09 ET


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