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Western Conference Playoffs – Round 2 Game 2
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -10.5 | Pelicans +10.5
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
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If we know one thing about the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s that they’ve exceeded expectations throughout the year. After DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles tendon, they were supposed to be toast. And yet, here they are in the second round of the playoffs.
Win or lose, NOLA’s season has to be considered a resounding success. But if there’s something else that we know—and that Game 1 of this second-round series proved—it’s that the Golden State Warriors are far and away a better team than the Portland Trail Blazers—the team the Pelicans dominated in the first round.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans aren’t going to lay down and die just because they lost Game 1 against the Warriors, but the honest truth is that they may have missed their one chance to steal a game on the road.
Stephen Curry sat on Saturday as he goes through the final stages of his rehab on his injured knee, but the sharpshooting point guard is expected to play in Game 2 and beyond barring any unforeseen setbacks.
With that in mind, the Pelicans need to get back to the way they were playing against the Trail Blazers. They need to hound Curry above the arc and get the ball out of his hands early, and on offense they need All-Star-caliber showings from not just Anthony Davis, but also Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic.
That, of course, is no easy task against a team that is tracking to win the Western Conference for the fourth straight season.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors put up 123 points in the first game of this series against New Orleans’ 101. And again, that was without their unquestioned leader, Stephen Curry.
With Curry most likely back on Tuesday, Golden State needs to make sure it eases him back into the offense. Rust is a very real thing in the NBA, and while someone of Curry’s stature (and shooting ability) might not have to worry as much as a big man, it’s something to keep an eye on.
As Kevin Durant recently said, Curry is “the system” in Golden State. So the team’s best bet is to let the offense come to him instead of trying to force the issue.
NBA Betting Trends:
- NO are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Pacific.
- GS are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 home games
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
The line isn’t yet set for this contest as of this writing, but you have to imagine it’ll be high than the -9 that it was entering Game 1 considering Curry’s likely return and the fact that Golden State won by 22 points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans ATS
New Orleans is good enough that if the line jumps to 15 points, you still have to consider them ATS. But if we see the line set to something more along the lines of -10 or -11, it’d be a mistake to think the Warriors can’t hit that mark based on what we’ve already seen this series.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 116 – New Orleans Pelicans 109
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