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(1-3) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors (3-1)
Western Conference Playoffs – Round 2 Game 5
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -12
NBA Betting Total: 229
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The New Orleans Pelicans pulled off what many thought was the impossible when they took down the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 to stay perfect at home this postseason.
But for those who thought they’d keep that momentum going into Game 4, they were proven wrong when the Pellies laid an egg in Game 4, dropping their first home playoff contest, 118-92.
New Orleans Pelicans
Down 3-1, New Orleans is a desperate team. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Against Golden State, you need to get off to a hot start.
As we saw in Game 3—and have seen the past three NBA seasons—there’s not a roster built across the league ready to come from behind and challenge a team comprising Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
In Game 4, New Orleans must—and likely will—come out aggressive. Getting Anthony Davis involved is a given, but it’s guys like Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic who will make the biggest difference.
If the latter three don’t make their names known on the road, they won’t be coming back home for Game 6.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State wasn’t messing around after shockingly dropping Game 3 on the road. They got out to an early lead, New Orleans made a late first-half comeback, and then—as we’ve so many times throughout 2017-18—they dominated the third quarter en route to a 26-point victory.
In Game 5, the Warriors need to win with defense. You know they’re going to score points, but their ability to slow down a desperate, energetic Pelicans team that is going to push the tempo and challenge Golden State both above the rim and beyond the arc.
The other key to victory will be composure. We’ve seen the Warriors thrive most of the time over the past few years, but we’ve also seem them lose their cool and give away very winnable games.
With that in mind, Green, Durant and Curry need to be laser focused on the task at hand and not let the refs or the Pelicans influence how they play.
If they can do that, they’ll be on to the Western Conference Finals.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
The Pelicans will come out firing and this will be a game most of the way.
That is, until the Warriors do what they do best in the second half.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans ATS
Odds are, we go into the fourth quarter of this game wondering who will take control. Both teams should feel like a victory is within their grasp.
But as they’ve done so many times this season, the Warriors will run away with it late, and they’ll reserve their spot in the league-wide semifinals.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 115 – New Orleans Pelicans 107
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