New Orleans Pelicans (48-34) vs Golden State Warriors (58-24)Date : 05/01/2018
Time : 10:30PM ET
Location : Oracle Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors
After a blowout win in game one, the Warriors are looking to extend their series lead to 2-0 as they welcome back the Pelicans to Oracle Arena.
New Orleans Pelicans's Latest Performance :
The Pelicans will be looking to bounce back after a game 1 blowout, no one expected the game to be so lopsided as the Pelicans had plenty of rest before traveling to the Bay Area. Unlike the series with the Blazers, they don’t have the matchups. The Pelicans had no answer for Kevin Durant in the first game as he was picking his shots from anywhere on the court.
Rondo and Holiday are getting a dose of their own medicine as they have to match up with Andre and Thompson in game 1. Jrue and Rajon combined for only 2o points in the first game. The Pelicans backcourt won’t be able to use their length to shut down players like they did in the first round. This is mainly because of the Warriors style of play and how they are constantly moving without the ball and they rarely run isolation plays for their guards it is a constant motion that what makes the Warriors unstoppable.
Player to Watch: Anthony Davis, he was struggling to score with Green guarding him only scoring 21 points that are not very Davis type numbers he has to score 30 plus points for the Pelicans to have a chance to compete against the Warriors. For game 2 the Pelicans must come into the game with the mindset of stealing one game on the road then they will be in good shape because they will play the next two games on their home court.
Golden State Warriors 's Latest Performance :
The Warriors came out firing on all cylinders in game 1 shooting 48% from the floor and 11 for 27 from distance as the Pelicans were no match for the Dubs in game 1.
Klay Thompson hot shooting carried over from the Spurs series as he dropped 27 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His shooting in this playoffs so far is something we should not take for granted because he does it so effortlessly. Klay can easily become a franchise player and go to guy on any team that’s how good of a player he is.
Draymond had himself quite an opener as he notched his 4th career playoff triple-double with 16 points 15 rebounds and 11 assists. He did an excellent job guarding Davis by preventing him from getting to his sweet spots on the court. With Green presence on the floor, the Warriors are a much better defensively. Green court awareness and his abilities to read defensive sets and disrupt them with a blink of an eye are amazing.
Kevin Durant is unguardable and is a matchup nightmare for Mirotic in this series as he will use his speed to get by him with ease and once the Pelicans sends a smaller player to guard him he just shoots over him, Kevin had 26 points with 13 rebounds. A great move from the coaching staff by inserting Andre Iguodala into the starting line up to match up with Rondo and Holiday where Andre can use his length to prevent them from having a great game.
The Warriors have outrebounded their opponent in 5 of their last 6 games. Expect more of the same from the Warriors in game 2. They should get Curry back from injury to play in his first playoff game.
Player to Watch: Stephen Curry, he will finally make his return to the team. With Curry on the floor, the Warriors are a much better team because you will have to extend your defense to guard him against way beyond the line. It will be very hard to beat this Warriors team if Curry is in tip-top shape.
How New Orleans Pelicans & Golden State Warriors Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Pelicans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Against The Spread Selection: Golden State Warriors
My reason for the pick :
The Golden State Warriors should win game number 2 at home as the Pelicans won’t be able to matchup against this Warriors and with Curry back they are a much better team. The Pelicans won’t be able to the same thing they did against the Blazers guarding players one on one it is not going to work against this Warriors team.
Warriors to take a convincing 2-0 lead.
Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans:
- Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Golden State Warriors :
- Warriors are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.