Warriors at Pelicans - 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
TV: TNT, CSNB, Fox Sports New Orleans
The Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans play game three of their playoff series Thursday.
The Golden State Warriors are off to a great start and could all but end this series with a win here. Stephen Curry is averaging 28 points and 5.5 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 23.5 points and two rebounds. Draymond Green is dishing six assists and Andrew Bogut is grabbing 14 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 10 threes made in this series and are pretty much getting any shot they’d like. If there’s one complaint with Golden State, it’s that the Warriors don’t play with the same energy in the second half, allowing teams to come back and make a game out of it. The Warriors last eight losses have come on the road. David Lee is questionable with a back injury.
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The New Orleans Pelicans need this game if they’re going to have a chance to get back in this series. Anthony Davis is averaging 30.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.5 points and 2.5 assists. Quincy Pondexter is grabbing six rebounds and Norris Cole is dishing 3.5 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans had a shot to win game two but couldn’t figure out how to get key buckets down the stretch. Others have to help Davis offensively when Golden State decides to form a wall and double-team. Ryan Anderson has to wake up and be that spark offensively. The Pelicans have won five straight games on their home court. Jrue Holiday is questionable with a leg injury.
The Warriors are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Warriors are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New Orleans and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
If the Pelicans are going to win a game, it's going to be this one due to the home crowd giving them an extra gear. New Orleans hung around in both games in ORACLE, so it's not crazy to think it can steal a game here at home. I like the points in this spot, especially if Holiday is on the floor this time around.