NBA Playoff Odds — Game 1: New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors had to go through the opening round of the playoffs without their two- time Most Valuable Player. But the level of opposition (the San Antonio Spurs) alloed them to get through that stage without too much trouble. When they face-off against the red-hot New Orleans Pelicans, however, it could be a whole different story. These clubs will meet in Game 1 at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena, and if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can get great value from reduced juice, in addition to real-life and time wagering courtesy of Live Betting Ultra.
New Orleans has had the look of a brand-new team lately, as they have won and covered nine games in a row. The became the lowest seed ever to execute a series sweep in the playoffs, when they defeated Portland in four straight, and they had a 1-2 punch that looked absolutely awesome. Anthony Davis scored 47 points and Jrue Holiday had 41, and these players are really dialed in with regards to operating inside the arc. Holiday, in fact, shot 64% from two-point range during that series.
Golden State got tremendous shooting from Klay Thompson, who hit 62% of his attempts, and they were able to play enough “small ball” against the San Antonio, throwing in those critical contributions from people like to JeVale McGee, to take the Spurs outing five games. Of course, San Antonio was playing without Kawhi Leonard, and also had to go through the tragedy of the death of Gregg Popovich’s wife last week.
In the NBA playoffs odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Golden State is a solid favorite in Game 1:
Golden State Warriors -9
New Orleans Pelicans +9
Over 226 points -110
Under 226 points -110
What might be an interesting indicator was the last meeting between these teams. New Orleans captured a 126-120 victory, which may have only brought their record in the last 28 meetings to 2-26, but signified that it might be a whole new ballgame now. Davis did not have any rivals on the inside, as he scored 34 points, and Rajon Rondo had 17 assists, some of them going to Nikola Mirotic, who hit six from beyond the arc. Mirotic helps to spread out defenses, and Rondo is just the guy to exploit that kind of situation.
It should be noted that Rondo has not been on the losing side in a playoff game since 2015, and he was brilliant against Portland, averaging 13.3 assists and helping out on the boards as well. It is also worth noting that Holiday was brilliant on defense against Damien Lillard, and as we know, Davis is a natural shot blocker in the middle.
The Warriors, of course, hope to have Steph Curry back in action. His knee injury kept him out of the entire series against San Antonio, and he has been practicing, although there is obviously that chance that he’ll be a little rusty. So they probably won’t depend on him all that much. Kevin Durant may not have been much good from three-point territory against the Spurs (25%), but that’s not really his game. He attacked the basket for 63% shooting inside of the circle, and will be very interesting to see how much liberty takes driving against Davis. Were not sure the Pelicans can pull the upset, but we do think that they can keep this one pretty tight.
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