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November 8, 2013
Pregame: Lillard could be latest PG to have a big night against Kings

PORTLAND, Ore. - If you're playing point guard against the Kings to start this season, you've probably had a good game

The Kings have faced one All-Star (Chris Paul), one soon-to-be All-Star (Stephen Curry) along with Ty Lawson and Jeff Teague, who are no slouches.

The quartet averaged 21.5 points and 10 assists against the Kings.

Teague had 18 points and 10 assists when Atlanta beat the Kings on Tuesday.

Next up is Portland's Damian Lillard, who also could be in the All-Star Game discussion this season after winning Rookie of the Year last season.

"No disrespect to Teague but Lillard is completely different animal because he can shoot the ball even though Teague hit a couple threes against us," said Kings coach Michael Malone.

Malone said the guards have to do a better of containing the ball and being physical along with better help from the bigs.

If that doesn't happen, Lillard figures to post impressive statistics against the Kings.

Prediction time: It will take a big leap defensively to slow down the Blazers at home. The Kings haven't shown they can defend well long enough to contain the likes of Lillard along with LaMarcus Aldridge.

Portland also shoots well from three-point range, an area the Kings struggle to defend.

It all adds up to what could be a long night.

Blazers 109, Kings 99

My record this season: 3-1

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