Pelicans are NBA odds road dog on Saturday, for the first of a 7-game series against Warriors who will be eager to ascend further than their 1st Round playoff loss to the Clippers last season.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden St. Warriors (-11) 3:30 ET ABC TV
New Orleans travels to Golden St. on Saturday, April 18th for the first of a 7-game series against the Golden St. Warriors. The game begins at 3:30 ET as televised by ABC. This game features a playoff virgin in the person of New Orleans, who was just 34-48 SU last season.
New Orleans is one of the “feel good” stories in the NBA this season. On March 25th, they were 3 games from the promised playoff land with 11 games to go! But, they finished with an 8-3 SU surge, capped off by the 108-103 victory vs. San Antonio on Wednesday night. They are led by emerging interior force, Anthony Davis. But, they are far from a one-man team, as they feature an experienced player in Asik, alongside Davis upfront. In the backcourt, there are 3 quality players in Holiday, Evans and Gordon. Anyone who watched the New Orleans celebration, Wednesday night, knows this is a prime example of gravity … what goes up, must come down! Wednesday’s “win and in” victory on their home court was followed by a celebration akin to winning the NBA Championship. Current Pelicans HC, Monte Williams, was both a player and Assistant under long-term Spurs’ mentor, Popovich. It was an emotional victory for all involved. For that reason alone, this opening game visit to Golden St. will be a serious challenge. And, don’t think Golden St. will take them lightly, because New Orleans was the most recent team to defeat the Warriors (103-100) on April 7th.
After that loss to New Orleans, Golden St. righted the ship to finish the regular season in style with victories in their final 4 regular season home games. Despite that loss in New Orleans, the Warriors took this regular season series by a count of 3 games to 1. That included wins on this court by counts of 112-96 and 112-85 (admittedly, Davis played in neither of those games for the Pelicans). Yet, those home wins were a microcosm of the Golden St. success this season. Even with a 0-3 ATS finish as home chalk, the Warriors were still 26-12 ATS as home favorite on NBA betting odds this season. Lest you think that Golden St. is a “run and gun” team, who excels only on the offensive end of the court, consider that they had the league’s No. 1 field goal percentage defense at 42.8%. That is not to discount the offensive fireworks which saw them lead the league by shooting 47.8% from the field, 39.8% from the arc and dish out a league-leading 27.4 assists. Their home success is further represented by the fact that in going 39-2 SU on this floor, they outscored the opposition by an average of 113-98. The Warriors are more than just the “splash brothers,” Curry and Thompson. There is play on the interior from 5 quality players in Bogut, Green, Lee, Barnes and Iguodala.
Considering the probable letdown by New Orleans following their “win and in” victory, the fact New Orleans is a playoff virgin, the Warriors’ knowledge that their last defeat came at the hands of this team, and their incredible record on this floor, there is a very high percentage chance that Golden St. cruises to an easy double digit victory in this contest so add Golden State to your 1st. round playoffs NBA picks.
Free NBA Pick: Warriors at The Greek