NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 19th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (15-11) at Portland Trail Blazers (13-12), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Portland Trail Blazers attempt to extend their winning streak to nine games when they welcome the Toronto Raptors tonight to the Rose Garden.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Toronto is scheduled to host the Trail Blazers on January 13, 2008 at Air Canada Centre.
The teams split a pair of contests last season. Toronto has lost five of its last seven at Portland.
The Trail Blazers play the second of a six-game homestand against Toronto. Brandon Roy scored a game-high 24 points, as Portland won its eighth straight contest, 88-76, over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday at the Rose Garden.
Martell Webster ended with 13 points and Steve Blake netted 10 in the win for the Trail Blazers, who climbed over .500 on the season after a 5-12 start.
Portland, which has won five in a row at the Rose Garden, is 10-3 at home this season. The Trail Blazers will also host Denver, Seattle, Minnesota and Philadelphia on the current homestand.
The Trail Blazers are on their longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row from February 17-March 8, 2002.
Toronto plays the second of a season-long seven-game road trip. On Tuesday, Chris Bosh grabbed nine rebounds, and in the process became Toronto's all- time leading rebounder, to go along with 24 points, as the Raptors earned an 80-77 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
Jamario Moon tied a career high with 16 points and pulled down five rebounds in the victory for Toronto, while Jose Calderon added 12 points, six rebounds and a game-best nine assists for the Raptors, who have won five of their last six games overall.
The Raptors are scheduled to visit Seattle on Friday at KeyArena and Phoenix on Saturday at US Airways Center. Toronto will also play San Antonio, Houston and New Orleans on the current swing.
12/19 10:36:56 ET