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(48-34) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (49-33)
2018 NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Round 1
NBA Conference Odds: NOLA +6600, Portland +2200
NBA Championship Futures Odds: NOLA +10000, Portland +3300
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NBA Series schedule (ET):
- Game 1: Saturday, at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
- Game 2: Tuesday, at Portland, 10:30 p.m., TNT
- Game 3: Thursday, at New Orleans, 9:00 p.m., TNT
- Game 4: Saturday, at New Orleans, 5:00 TNT
- Game 5 (if necessary): Tuesday, at Portland, TBD
- Game 6 (if necessary): Thursday, at New Orleans, TBD
- Game 7 (if necessary): Saturday, at Portland, TBD
The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans have a chance to make up one of the most entertaining and competitive series of the first round. Both of these teams exceeded expectations, and while three seeds separate them, only half a game in the standings makes up the true difference.
These two teams tied the regular-season 2-2.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans were dead in the water when DeMarcus Cousins ruptured his Achilles tendon and missed the rest of the season. They were toast when they dropped five of their first six without Boogie.
Simply put: They had no shot at making the playoffs.
And yet, here they are. This squad found a way to not just get a true MVP-like performance out of Anthony Davis, it’s undisputed star and face of the franchise even when Cousins is in the rotation, but it also got serious production out of its role players.
Jrue Holiday had the best year of his career, despite not making an All-Star Game (his previous was out East where the competition wasn’t as stiff). Rajon Rondo proved he can still be an NBA point guard. Nikola Mirotic bounced back from his Chicago Bulls drama and became a strong option in the Pellies’ offense.
This team was never supposed to be here after Cousins went down, yet here we are.
The Pelicans have the second-longest winning streak in the league behind the Philadelphia 76ers entering the postseason.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t had to endure the adversity that New Orleans has. Far from it, actually.
Damian Lillard, the team’s All-Star and potentially All-NBA player this season, missed a few games here and there with a. hamstring injury, an ankle injury and the birth of his first child. But the Blazers were one of the few teams out West this year that didn’t have to fight through the injury imp at a significant level.
Entering the playoffs, the Blazers dealt with an unfortunately timed slump, but overall, they exceeded all expectations. Most thought they’d finish somewhere between sixth and 10th in the league’s tougher conference, yet here we are with the team from the Pacific Northwest sitting in the third seed and with home-court advantage against the Pelicans.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Series Prediction:
If there’s a series to pick out West to go the full seven games, this is the one. The Houston Rockets have an honorable opponent ahead of them in the Minnesota Timberwolves, but Houston is on another level this year behind Chris Paul and James Harden’s leadership.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have star power, but the Utah Jazz should make minced meat out of them.
The Golden State Warriors are banged up, but they’re facing a team also without its star player in the San Antonio Spurs.
This series could and should go the distance, and when that happens, we’re giving it to the team with home-court advantage.
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