Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 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: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans meet at the Oracle Arena for Game 1 on Sunday.
The Golden State Warriors have been a team on the rise for the last few seasons now, but they've certainly made themselves heard this season as they kick off the NBA playoffs with the best record in the league by quite a margin. Stephen Curry has simply been must-watch basketball and he's led the Warriors with 23.8 ppg and 7.7 apg, while Klay Thompson has averaged 21.7 ppg, but it has truly been a team effort as Draymond Green emerged as a key player while Andrew Bogut finally stayed healthy for almost an entire season. All the pieces seem to be in place for the Warriors not just to make a deep run, but win it all and it all begins on Sunday.
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Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans had to fight the whole season just to snag the eighth seed in the Western Conference but they've proven this season that they're a tough team to beat when they're on song. Anthony Davis continued to post some monster lines this season and finished with averages of 24.4 ppg, 10.2 rbg and 2.9 blocks, while Jrue Holiday averaged 14.8 ppg and 6.9 apg, but the turning point was then Holiday started to miss some games which gave Tyreke Evans the opportunity to run the offense and he did a great job, finishing with averages of 16.6 ppg and 6.6 apg while missing just three games all season.
In ATS trends, the Pelicans are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-5 ATS in their last five road games, while the Warriors are 15-2 ATS in their last 17 Conference Quarterfinals games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Pelicans are just 2-7-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Golden State.
The Pelicans finished the regular season strong and looked particularly good in their final win which clinched this playoff berth, but there's no going past the Warriors who will have their building absolutely going crazy. I know it's a lot of points but I'm sticking with the Warriors in Game 1.