Free NBA Pick: Pelicans vs Warriors NBA Odds
Looking for New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Pelicans taking on the Warriors on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Pelicans Warriors matchup.
(0-0) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors (0-0)
Western Conference Playoffs – Round 2 Game 1
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 10:30PM EST, TNT
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Golden State Warriors -9
NBA Betting Total: 224
Live NBA Odds
Updated Sportsbook Bonuses For Today
If you think the New Orleans Pelicans’ strong showing in Round 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers was fool’s gold, you don’t realize just how good the core four of Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic was.
Then again, if you think they’re going to waltz into Oracle Arena with momentum on their side and wipe the floor with the Golden State Warriors they way they took down the No. 3 seed Portland Trail Blazers, you don’t realize how big of a difference there was this year between the top two seeds (No. 2 Warriors and No. 1 Houston Rockets) and the rest of the Western Conference.
New Orleans Pelicans
As of this writing, Stephen Curry is still questionable as he recovers from a knee injury. His status will drastically change the approach New Orleans takes, as they’ll look to replicate the defensive success they had against fellow All-Star point guard Damian Lillard in Round 1.
Assuming Curry is out, the Pelicans will likely focus their defensive attention to Kevin Durant. That’s a very natural thing to do against one of the league’s best scorers who just happens to be a near-7-footer and can run an offense as a de facto point guard.
But what New Orleans needs to worry about is Klay Thompson continuing to ball out by his usual approach: come off curls and shoot within milliseconds of catching the rock.
Golden State Warriors
In Round 1, the Trail Blazers proved that there’s no stopping Anthony Davis. He’s an MVP candidate and one of the league’s top five players, and if the Warriors are smart, they won’t sweat it if he averages 33 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks and shoots 57.6 percent from the field as he did against Portland.
Instead, Golden State needs to take the approach that AD will get his, and that’s fine, but Holiday, Rondo and Mirotic can’t look like All-Stars.
In Game 1, New Orleans’ confidence is going to be high, and letting Holiday and Rondo run a perfect offense—not to mention letting Mirotic get whatever he wants from the perimeter—would be a recipe for distaster.
Even if Davis boosts those numbers to 40, 15, 5 and .600, Golden State can live with that. What it can’t live with is a group of role players kicking off a series looking like All-Playoff performers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- NO are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Under is 8-1 in NO last 9 games as an underdog.
- Under is 7-2 in NO last 9 road games
- GS are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games
- Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
The line of nine points in Golden State’s favor makes perfect sense if Curry ends up playing. In fact, that number may rise if he makes his return so keep an eye on his health ahead of the contest.
But if Curry is out, you have to believe New Orleans will come out and find success early and often.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: New Orleans ATS
We’re not going to suggest you spend your hard-earned cash on a Pelicans moneyline before we see how they react to playing a team far better than the one they saw in the first round. But if they can forget about their opponent and resemble the same squad they put on the floor against Portland, this game should be closer than the initial line indicates.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 115 – New Orleans Pelicans 110
If you’re looking for more NBA picks like this New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors matchup we’ll be providing 4* free NBA predictions on the blog during the entire 2017/18 NBA season, and check out our Experts for guaranteed premium & free NBA predictions!
CappersPicks.com has NBA Odds up on a ton of championship futures, and you will also find DAILY NBA lines up as well.