Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 4/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (45-38) at Golden State Warriors (68-15)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -11 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Oracle Arena for Game 2 tonight.
The Golden State Warriors kicked off their playoff campaign with a bang on Saturday when they beat the Pelicans by 106-99 but it wasn't all smooth sailing. Stephen Curry led the way with 34 points, Klay Thompson added 21 points while Draymond Green had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors jumped out to a 28-13 lead after the first quarter and led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter before things got a little close for comfort. With the crowd on their feet, the Pelicans quietly worked their way back into the contest and really made a game out of what should have been a massive loss.
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Anthony Davis had a really slow start to the game but finished strong to lead the Pelicans with a game-high 35 points on 13 of 23 shooting while Quincy Pondexter added 20 points and Eric Gordon added 16. However, it was all too little too late as the Pelicans could never find their way out of the hole they dug themselves in the first half. The one positive they can draw from the loss was that they actually outscored the Warriors by 58-47 in the second half so if they can start Game 2 the way they finished Game 1, we just might have a real battle tonight.
In ATS trends, the Pelicans are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games against a team above .600 and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Warriors are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
Head to head, the Pelicans are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Golden State.
The Warriors were absolutely getting everything they wanted until Davis put the Pelicans on his back late in the game to make things interesting. I definitely applaud the Pelicans' fight that they showed when things got ugly, but the Warriors should be able to build a big lead once again and this time, win by double digits at home.