Pelicans at Warriors - 4/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (45-37) at Golden State Warriors (67-15)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors play game one Saturday afternoon.
The New Orleans Pelicans ended the season winning seven of their last 10 games. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 99.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.4 points and 10.2 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.6 points and 6.6 assists. Jrue Holiday is dishing 6.9 assists and Ryan Anderson is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 47.1 percent shooting in their last five games and have lost five of their last seven when allowing 100-plus points. This is the first playoff series for a lot of the players on this Pelicans team. Six of the Pelicans last seven losses have come on the road.
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The Golden State Warriors ended the season winning four straight games. On the season, the Warriors are averaging 110 points on 47.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 23.8 points and 7.7 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 21.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. Draymond Green is grabbing 8.2 rebounds and Harrison Barnes is dishing 1.4 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 44.3 percent from deep in their last five games. The Warriors also haven’t lost a game when allowing less than 100 points. The Warriors haven’t lost a home game since January 27th. David Lee is questionable with a back injury.
The Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific. The Warriors are 15-2 ATS in their last 17 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Golden State and 2-7-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
I give the Pelicans a chance to win one or two games in this series, but not this one. Golden State is tough to beat at hoem come playoff time and the way the Warriors play, this stuff can get ugly quickly. I hate big chalk but it's the only play here.