What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Pelicans

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Damian Lillard vs. Jrue Holiday

Many would argue today that the NBA has become a point guard-driven league. There are plenty of explanations and statistics to defend such claims, but the purest way to make the case might just be to look at how deep the position really is right now. Nineteen players, the vast majority of which being point guards, are averaging at least 15 points and five assists per game in 2013-14. Two of them, Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday, match up at the Moda Center tonight. The Trail Blazers’ second-year signal caller, Lillard is coming off two of the better games in his career. In Portland’s back-to-back at Cleveland and Minnesota this week, Lillard became the first player in the league this season to score at least 36 points in consecutive games. His scoring burst has propelled him to 12th in the NBA with 21.3 points per game to add to 5.9 assists per contest (18th in NBA). Holiday currently sits fourth in the latter category with a whopping 8.1 assists per outing. And while he hasn’t faced the Trail Blazers in his new Pelicans jersey, as a member of the 76ers last season Holiday totaled 56 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists in two meetings with the Trail Blazers. Hopefully his new teammates also told him that the last time New Orleans played in Portland, Lillard hit a memorable, game-winning 3-pointer to send the home fans home happy.

Damian Lillard

• Ranks 12th in the NBA in points (21.3), 18th in assists (5.9) and eighth in free throw shooting (89.5%) this season
• Became the only NBA player this season to score at least 36 points in consecutive games Dec. 17-18
• Made a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining to beat New Orleans in Portland on Dec. 16, 2012

Jrue Holiday

• Ranks fourth in the NBA in assists (8.1), 22nd in steals (1.58) and 16th in free throw shooting (86.0%) this season
• Traded to New Orleans during the offseason in a deal that sent Nerlens Noel to Philadelphia
• While with Philadelphia last season, averaged 28.0 points (54.5% FG), 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in two games against Portland