New Orleans Pelicans (48-34) at Golden State Warriors (58-24)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -7.5 -- Over/Under: 222 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors meet Saturday in game one of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the Oracle Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans look to ride their playoff momentum after just sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.5 points on 52.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 33 points and 11.8 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 27.8 points and 6.5 assists. Nikola Mirotic is the third double-digit scorer and Rajon Rondo is dishing 13.3 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five straight road games.
The Golden State Warriors look for a quick 1-0 series start after a five-game series against the San Antonio Spurs. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 105.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 96.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 28.2 points and 8.6 rebounds while Klay Thompson is averaging 22.6 points and 2.8 assists. Draymond Green is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have split their last eight home games.
The Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Golden State and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Steph Curry is doubtful for this game, so that means the Golden State Warriors will still be shorthanded and a little bit shaky. Despite a quick five-game series against the Spurs, San Antonio was still able to hang around in most of those games, including game five on the road that came down to the final 30 seconds. A red hot New Orleans Pelicans squad that has many guys clicking, not just AD, this is a dangerous series for the Warriors if they can't return to full strength. Not to mention Alvin Gentry was on the Warriors coaching staff, so he knows some of the secrets of this team and I'm sure has some tricks up his sleeve to counter. This is just too many points to lay with a Pelicans squad that's firing on all cylinders.