What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Pelicans

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LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Anthony Davis

In just his second NBA season, he already ranks among the NBA’s best in some of the game’s most celebrated statistical categories. He has changed the identity of his team and already been recognized as one of the game’s best players with an All-Star nomination during his sophomore season. And his game will be on display at the Moda Center tonight. Damian Lillard? Well, yes. But in this space we’re talking about another second-year star, Pelicans center Anthony Davis. The number one overall pick in 2012 is showing exactly why he earned that selection, posting averages of 20.9 points (16th in NBA), 10.1 rebounds (10th) and a league-best 2.80 blocked shots. He has already recorded 27 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge has 28. And with averages of 23.3 points (8th in NBA) and 11.1 rebounds (7th), Aldridge has a slight edge over Davis in those areas, too. We know Aldridge’s numbers alter the outcome of the game as well. Portland has won 21 of Aldridge’s 28 contests with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds. Expect the performances of Aldridge and Davis to once again tip the scales tonight.

LaMarcus Aldridge

• Ranks eighth in the NBA in scoring (23.3) and seventh in rebounding (11.1) in 2013-14
• Portland is 21-7 in games this year when he records 20+ points and 10+ rebounds
• Recorded at least 30 points and 15 rebounds five times this season, second-most in the NBA

Anthony Davis

• Ranks 16th in the NBA in scoring (20.9) and 10th in rebounding (10.1) in 2013-14
• In just his second season, leads the NBA in blocks per game (2.80) and block percentage (6.7)
• His 27 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds are fifth-most in the NBA