Pelicans at Warriors - 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 -11.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors play game two of their playoff series Monday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans put themselves in an early hole in game one, losing, 106-99. The good thing for the Pelicans is that they were able to battle back late from being down 15 points in the first quarter. Anthony Davis led the way with 35 points and seven rebounds while Quincy Pondexter had 20 points and six assists. Eric Gordon scored 16 points and Norris Cole had six assists off the bench. The New Orleans Pelicans will be in much better shape in game two if they manage to get to a faster start. The Pelicans were clearly pressing early on due to being a young team in their first playoff game, but they managed to settle down in the second half. Tyreke Evans is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Golden State Warriors improved to 41-0 this season when allowing less than 100 points. In the victory, Stephen Curry had 34 points and five assists while Klay Thompson had 21 points and five turnovers. Andre Iguodala chipped in eight points off the bench and Andrew Bogut grabbed 14 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors just continue to be what they’ve been all season long, as they flat out shoot lights out from all over the floor and simply dare their opponent to keep up. The Warriors have lost just four games since March. The Warriors also haven’t lost a home game since January 27th. David Lee is expected to miss this game with a back injury.
The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Warriors are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Golden State and 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
One, I expect the Pelicans to be a lot more comofrtable after getting that one playoff game out of the way. Two, I don't trust the Warriors who have picked up this bad habit of letting teams back in it late. No thanks. I'm taking the points if forced to cap this game.