Jrue Holiday Is Helping Anthony Davis Take The Pelicans Higher

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"This is probably the first time where the big is just staying".

The 6-seeded Pelicans have played surprisingly well early in the series, and won Game 2 Tuesday night to take a 2-0 series lead back to New Orleans, where Games 3 and 4 will be played. Vegas tends to set the total high when the Trail Blazers are involved, as 56.5 percent of their games have finished under the total.

Even as the Pels arrived back in New Orleans for Game 3, the first at home, there was still talk, or warnings even, that the mojo of Damian Lilliard and C.J. McCollum could still reveal itself.

Portland comes into the game with records of 49-36 straight up (SU) and 45-33-7 against the spread (ATS).

Trail Blazers are down but not out in the First-Round playoff series.

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What's scary about New Orleans is that they are winning without DeMarcus Cousins. The Blazers and Pelicans will answer these questions tonight.

The Heat got no closer. The Trail Blazers rank 23rd in blocks allowed per game (5.2). "I give a lot of credit to them for executing their game plan". Davis is pacing the Pelicans with an average of 28.3 points, followed by Holiday at 23.3 and Mirotic at 21.0. Nearly every time he scored, Jrue looked as if he was playing against college players nervously trying to to stay in front of an National Basketball Association superstar.

Davis scored 47 points and Holiday 41 as the Pelicans clinched the best-of-seven playoff series with a four-game sweep. After all, he just recently turned 25 years old. The crowd got restless as New Orleans took the lead by double digits. In order to fully dominate the Eastern Conference and return to the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers need a reliable secondary scorer next to James, a position that Kevin Love failed to perform since Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics. He's shooting just 32 percent from the field, and struggling to knock down his 3-pointers too. Davis and the Pelicans had to weather the storm during the 4th quarter which saw the Blazers outscore the Pelicans by 10 points.

The City of New Orleans loves them for it. But on the following play Nikola Mirotic hit a insane rainbow three to take the lead right back. Meanwhile, the Trailblazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. At times the arena thundered with boos and chants of "ref you suck!" and things simply refused to fall the Blazer's way. Portland has had all kinds of trouble in the series and at this point, they're going to have to prove that they can win in order to be taken seriously. For all of the criticisms, negativity and flat out irrational hate the New Orleans Pelicans seemed to conquer it all. Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic twisted his right ankle late in Game 2. Please keep in mind that the majority of the games if not on a national channel are only available in the team's viewing network.

New Orleans is a 7-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 216 points.

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