New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors 4/28/18, Prediction & Odds

Pelicans-Warriors preview capsule

Outlook: New Orleans' quick work of the Trail Blazers almost gave it a crack at Stephen Curry-less Golden State, but Curry scrimmaged Friday and is questionable for Saturday.

NOP: Alexis Ajinca (right knee injury), DeMarcus Cousins (left achilles rupture) and Frank Jackson (right foot fracture) are out.

Now the floor opens up for them this round with both teams ranked in the top five for tempo, and it is New Orleans who are the higher team as they lead the National Basketball Association in possessions per game.

The Pelicans are obviously considered massive underdogs in the series. They should at least push the Warriors to a competitive six or seven games.

That may be true but no one on either side is in a position to gain - or lose - more prestige based on the outcome of this series than Davis. "Davis is 6'10" compared to Green's 6'7" and Davis is 20 pounds heavier than Green. Even with Curry not at full strength, the Pelicans will still have to guard him out to the halfcourt line, opening up space for the rest of the Warriors' offense.

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Actually beating the Warriors will be easier said than done. A big like Davis has the height to guard Durant, but not the quickness.

Davis will surely see a variety of looks from Golden State's defense as the defending champions try to limit his impact.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is trying to instill that confident belief within his team before the series begins. "Because what they've done the last four years has been phenomenal, really". Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic looked better than they had all season in the first round, and Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday were arguably the two best two-way players in the first round. Thompson and Curry are the best backcourt in the league and maybe of all time.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors warms up before their game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Five of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2018 in Oakland, California. Davis is the highest scorer this postseason and Holiday was a two-way nightmare in outplaying Portland's Damian Lillard. He has averaged 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds in the 34 overall games he has played with the Hornets since being acquired from the Chicago Bulls, but Mirotic has only made 35 percent of his 3-point shots.

Though Golden State has more firepower with four All-Stars on their team, New Orléans has talent on its roster as well. Davis roasted the Warriors in the regular season, and New Orleans will need that to continue to have a chance. Rondo, meanwhile, leads all players in the playoffs with 13.3 assists per game.

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