Friday, January 4 at 10:30 PM ET
The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Portland Trail Blazers in a game that will feature two of the best point guards in the NBA, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard.
The Westbrook against Lillard matchup will likely determine the outcome of this game. Westbrook's all-around game is unbelievable, he does more than just score and he's hard on himself, always looking to improve, which is why he's such an excellent player. Lillard is playing at an All-Star level, he's been more clutch, opposing defenses haven't figured out how to stop him and he's a solid playmaker for the Trail Blazers.
That said, the numbers don't lie and this season Lillard has been a better offensive player than Westbrook. Lillard accounts for 32.5 points per game with his points and assists combined against Westbrook's 30.8. Let's dive even deeper into their stats:
Russell Westbrook this season: 20.7 PPG, 10.1 APG, 10.9 RPG, 2.7 SPG (29 games)
Damian Lillard this season: 26.7 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.8 RPG, 0.9 SPG (38 games)
Lillard also has the better PER (24.06 vs. 20.05), more win shares (5.5 vs. 2.3) and a superior real plus-minus (3.90 vs. 3.57) while Westbrook has the edge on usage rate (33.3 vs. 30.7) and he averages more assists, rebounds and steals than Lillard.
As you can see on the stats above, Lillard averages 6.0 points per game more than Westbrook and he also takes better care of the ball, averaging 2.7 turnovers per game against Westbrook's 4.6.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are:
8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 Friday games
7-21 ATS in their last 28 games against Northwest Division opponents
1-4 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600
0-6 ATS in the last six meetings
0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Portland
The Portland Trail Blazers are:
11-4 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600
29-13 ATS in their last 42 home games
Damian Lillard has to play his best basketball at both ends of the floor if the Trail Blazers want to beat the Thunder in this can't-miss Friday night contest in Portland.
NBA Pick: Trail Blazers PK (-110) at Jazz Sports
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