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BASKETBALL—The Portland Trail Blazers have a nice record, a nicer offense, and loads of confidence. Cue the naysayers claiming this is due to weak scheduling and creampuff opponents. Cue Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, a contest that's as good as any to see if the squad has an extra gear or two available. BR
Moda Center, 1 Center Court, 7 pm, $24-97

MUSIC—ALL HAIL OUR NEW POP QUEEN. Seventeen-year-old New Zealander Lorde put out one of the best albums of the year—the hazily dark, cleverly sharp, and sickeningly addictive Pure Heroine—and now she's playing an early evening show at the Crystal. Show up, listen, and pledge your loyalty. EH
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 5 pm, $20, all ages