Golden State Shows Warrior Mentality in The Big Easy for Game 4

Warriors v Pelicans game 3

Doug Upstone

Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:34 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 5, 2018 8:34 PM UTC

Going into Game 3, head coach Steve Kerr said he was proud of how his defense had played in the postseason. After Game 3, Kerr was probably less impressed with his club's effort.

It was a given New Orleans was going to come ready to play and be fired up down 0-2 to Golden State. In spite of what critics had said, the Pelicans believed through effort and efficiency, they could not only compete with the Warriors but beat them. Coach Alvin Gentry's squad proved their point in convincing fashion, winning by 19. Gentry immediately went on the record saying Sunday's contest will be the toughest of the season for his club, knowing the outcome will most likely play directly into how long a series this is.

Golden State (6-7 ATS off road loss) vs New Orleans (11-12-1 ATS off home win)

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Free NBA Pick: Golden StateBest Line Offered: at Bookmaker

The NBA odds from the sportsbooks had New Orleans as 4.5-point home underdogs again, but basketball bettors have pushed them to +5.5 point pooches. This will be the 3:35 Eastern tilt on ABC and here is what both teams will be seeking to accomplish.

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Golden State Needs Attitude Adjustment

After playing excellent defense in the playoffs, Golden State did not match New Orleans energy to start the game or at the start the second half. They were outscored by 20 points in those two quarters and for the game allowed New Orleans to make half their shots, which was the Warriors worst effort in the postseason.

After a sharp first game back, Stephen Curry played like someone who had missed a lot of time. Curry was an offensive and defensive liability as he was the focal point of the Pelicans perimeter offense.

For better or worse, Klay Thompson has not played with the same zest since Curry's return and his shooting has been off at 13-42 (30.9%) and he's just 5-for-20 from distance.

For those making NBA picks, it is assumed Golden State will have a stronger mindset for Game 4, but first, they have to show it.

New Orleans Just Wants to Play There Game

Every postseason, new stars emerge, along with familiar faces who love this time of year. It's not like Anthony Davis was unknown, but his play against Portland and now Golden State is elevating him into a new stratosphere. His 33 points and 18 rebounds were sensational and the best player on the floor Friday night also had four steals.

AD's main running mate has been Jrue Holiday, who's emerged from the shadows and is approaching, not there yet, Klay Thompson territory as an elite two-way guard.

Rajon Rondo, what can you say, as the new 'Mouth of the South' ups his game this time of year. No question his 2 for 11 shooting was not good, but he was handing out 21 dimes and snatching eight rebounds to lead his team.

If this trio can play the same and the Pelicans bench again outscores their counterparts, we could be looking at a tied series.

What to Expect for Outcome

Golden State's championship pedigree and competitive juices will flow once again as they play with much more purpose. The Warriors four studs all bring their game faces coach Kerr will tighten the defense to more quickly get the ball out of Rondo's hands before he does damage.

Don't look for New Orleans to be blown out at home, as Golden State will have to make free throws to win and cover this one late.

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