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Western Conference Playoffs – Round 2 Game 3
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Warrriors -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 230.5
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The New Orleans Pelicans played the Golden State Warriors tight on Tuesday night when Stephen Curry made his return, but it wasn’t enough for the squad that took down the No. 3 seed Portland Trail Blazers in Round 1 with brooms in hand.
The time is now for NOLA to prove that it can compete at the same level as the true contenders and that it’s more than a second-tier postseason participant.
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry was a machine on Tuesday. In his first game back since his knee injury, he posted 28 points in just 25 minutes and wasted no time getting going by knocking down his first shot attempt—a three-pointer, of course—within 10 seconds of entering the game off the bench.
In Game 3, there will be no Sixth Man talk. Curry is back in the starting lineup, which will help Golden State set the tone early—something it couldn’t do in Game 2.=
New Orleans Pelicans
Although Curry is back and the game plan is about to change with him in the starting lineup, the Pelicans have plenty of reason for optimism. For starter, they played the Warriors down to the bitter end on the road, and as the cliche goes, a playoff series doesn’t really begin until a road team comes away with a victory.
The other reason New Orleans should feel good about this game is that it can begin to implement the defensive strategy it used to completely shut down Damian Lillard during the entire first round. The Pelicans used traps above the three-point line to get the ball out of his hands, and as a result, the Blazers failed to adjust.
The difference here, of course, is that the Dubs have far more weapons than Portland. Play Thompson needs approximately negative-1 second to get off a shot, Draymond Green can score above the rm and beyond the arc and the squad’s role players are perfectly comfortable stepping up as needed.
New Orleans doesn’t have the experience to embolden its role players the same way Golden State does, but we saw in Round 1 what can happen when Jrue Holiday, Nikola Mirotic and Rajon “Playoff” Rondo get going.
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The line isn’t yet set for this contest as of this writing, but we’re not too concerned with that at this time, and the reason, as unfair as it may seem, doesn’t bode well for the home team.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Golden State Warriors ATS
There’s a very good chance that despite returning home for the next two games, we’ve officially seen our only close contest. That’s not necessarily an indictment on how competitive the Pelicans can be—it’s a testament to just how good the Warriors are.
After all, only 1 game separated the Pelicans and Blazers during the regular season besides their three-seed difference. New Orleans and Golden State? They’re separated by only one extra seed, yet there was a 10-game difference in record.
The Pelicans became a feel-good story after DeMarcus Cousins went down and they found success in Round 1, and if they prove me wrong, they’ll have my respect. But with Curry back in the lineup, it just seems as if it’s time for the Dubs to stop messing around and get to where we all expect them to be: the Western Conference Finals.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 120 – New Orleans Pelicans 103
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