Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard and New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis are both emerging as Rookie of the Year candidates. But Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the June NBA draft out of Weber State, is appearing to be the frontrunner, leading all rookies with an 18.9 scoring average after 22 games.

Davis, the No. 1 overall pick, is trying to get to get back to the level he was before missing 11 consecutive games with a stress reaction in his left ankle. In the three games since Davis' return, he has averaged 11.7 and 6.3 rebounds coming off the bench. Before the injury, Davis was averaging 16.0 points and 8.3 rebounds.

The two rookies will play against each other for the first time on Sunday night at the Rose Garden. Lillard is the only Blazers player to start all 22 games and he's coming off a season-high 29-point effort to lead his team to a 98-90 victory against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night at the Rose Garden. While the Hornets are slumping on a six-game losing streak, the Blazers are trying to win their third consecutive game to match their longest streak of the season.