New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (69-15) at New Orleans Pelicans (45-39)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors travel to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 3.
The Golden State Warriors were able to extend their series lead to 2-0 after a 97-87 win in Game 2. Klay Thompson led the scoring with 26 points on 11 of 17 while Stephen Curry added 22 points and six assists, but it was actually the Warriors' defense that got them over the line with the scorers level going into the fourth quarter. Defensively, the Warriors held the Pelicans to 35 points in the second half and just 16 points in the penultimate fourth quarter, but the game turned in the second quarter when the Warriors exploded offensively in a 38-24 after falling behind by as many as 13 points in the first quarter. All in all, it wasn't the most clinical of wins for the Warriors, but they were able to get it together just in time to leave with a solid 2-0 series lead.
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Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans were led by 26 points from Anthony Davis, 23 points from Eric Gordon and 16 points from Tyreke Evans but just couldn't get over the line against the best home team in the league. Norris Cole added 11 points in a strong game off the bench, but Quincy Pondexter finished the game with just three points after pouring in 20 in Game 1 which really hurt the Pelicans, especially with Jrue Holiday sitting out with a leg injury. Overall, the Pelicans won't be too disheartened by the loss because they showed that they are indeed good enough to trouble the Warriors at home, so they'll be quietly confident going back home for Game 3.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss.
Head to head, the Warriors are a healthy 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New Orleans but just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
It's always hard to back against the Warriors, but I think the Pelicans showed me enough to think that they can make Game 3 a close one at the very least, so I'm taking them with the points at home.