New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors
NBA Playoffs Round 2 Game 2: Tuesday May 1st 2018
Leading the series 1-0, the Warriors will attempt to defend home court once more when they host the Pelicans in Game 2 on Tuesday night. This will be the second and final game at Oracle Arena before the series transitions to New Orleans for Games 3 and 4
Not Even A Dent
New Orleans couldn’t make a dent in Golden State’s significant halftime lead, as the Warriors kept pushing the advantage into the high 20s late in the third quarter. The Pelicans subbed in deep reserve Cheick Diallo with two-plus minutes remaining in the period, but Golden State went up 100-70 on a straightaway Kevin Durant three-pointer, the hosts’ biggest lead. He added another trey on an ensuing possession, giving him 26 points in 32 minutes.
E’Twaun Moore (15 points) gave New Orleans an early spark with accurate shooting. Moore’s efficient game featured 7/11 shooting from the floor, but as was the case for several Pelicans, it was marred and short-circuited at times by foul trouble. Moore had four fouls by the early portion of the third quarter, as did fellow guards/wings Jrue Holiday and Ian Clark.
Another Historic Game
The Golden State Warriors lead their Western Conference Semifinals series against the Pelicans one game to none after defeating New Orleans 123-101 in Game 1 on Saturday night. After a neck-and-neck first quarter, the Warriors caught fire in the second frame on their way to their highest scoring playoff half in franchise history, and rode that all the way to victory.
Draymond Green was sensational from the opening tip, collecting 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists to notch his fourth career postseason triple-double, passing Tom Gola (three) for the most playoff triple-doubles in franchise history. Klay Thompson led all scorers with 27 points and four three-pointers, while Kevin Durant added a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
With eyes on them once again, the Golden State Warriors will look to complete the series home win.
- Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pelicans are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Pelicans are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Warriors are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
- Warriors are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
- Warriors are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Golden State is tough enough to beat with its deep lineup of star-studded scorers, but the Pelicans have must find a way to stop Green. If Davis can get hot early, and take that energy out, this game will be close.