Warriors are Huge Favorites at the NBA Odds for Game Against Pelicans
Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans looked phenomenal in their opening round sweep over the higher seeded Portland Trailblazers and they believed they could hang with the defending champion Golden State Warriors heading into their second-round matchup on Saturday. Now, after suffering a demoralizing loss to their conference counterparts, the big question is whether or not Davis and company stand any chance of keeping up with a Golden State ballclub that is clearly regained its focus since the start of the playoffs, just as the NBA odds dictate.
Let’s find out right now if the Pels can at least cover the Game 2 Spread as a double-digit road dog against the Dubs in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
New Orleans at Golden State NBA Odds & Expert Prediction
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) 1 de mayo de 2018
- When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 10:30 pm
- Where: Oracle Arena
- TV: TNT
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Odds: Golden State Warriors -11 (Over/Under at 228 points)
Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)
- Record: Golden State Warriors lead 9-1
- Score: New Orleans Pelicans 109.40 / Golden State Warriors 120.50
- Field Goal Percentage: New Orleans Pelicans 49.89 / Golden State Warriors 46.64
- Rebounds: New Orleans Pelicans 46.00 / Golden State Warriors 42.60
- 3 Point Shots: New Orleans Pelicans 131-319 / Golden State Warriors 100-279
- Steals: New Orleans Pelicans 7.60 / Golden State Warriors 8.80
Why Consider the NBA Odds for New Orleans?
Why should you consider betting on New Orleans as a 10.5-point road underdog in Game 2? The best reason is that the Pelicans looked outstanding in their first-round sweep of Portland and probably can’t play much worse than they did in this series opener. New Orleans also beat Golden State 126-120 in Oakland on April 7.
New Orleans got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Anthony Davis but ended up on the wrong end of a humbling 123-101 loss to Golden State in Game 1 on Saturday. E’Twaun Moore added 15 points and Jordan Crawford added 14 points, but first-round stars Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic were held to just 11 and 9 points respectively. The Pelicans shot just 43 percent from the field and were out of the game by the time halftime rolled around.
“Well, that didn’t go as planned,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.
Why Consider the NBA Odds for Golden State?
Why should you consider betting on Golden State as a 10.5-point home favorite in Game 2?
Well, there are several reasons to back the Dubs, starting with the fact that New Orleans just doesn’t have the kind of offensive firepower necessary to take down the Warriors. More importantly, the Dubs have clearly regained their focus after struggling down the stretch run portion of the regular season by dropping 10 of their final 17 games, even without superstar point guard Steph Curry who has been out of the lineup for five weeks with a sprained knee.
“We’ve adjusted to life without him. Hopefully, he comes back Tuesday but we still have to have the same mindset if he isn’t,” Klay Thompson said. “Even if he does come back, it’s natural human emotion to be kind of relaxed because we have so much production coming back in our lineup but that’s going to be a test for us just to put that away in our minds and just focus on the task at hand and not depend on Steph to save the day. He’s done it plenty of times but we have a very deep team, playmakers, all around.”
Klay Thompson scored a team-high 27 points in game 1 while Kevin Durant added 26 points and 13 rebounds and Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 16 points with 15 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks. Golden State blew the game wide open with an overpowering 25-2 run in the second quarter.
“If we can push the tempo and try to get stuff in transition that’s big for us, so that was key and obviously that starts with stops,” Green said.
Latest NBA Playoffs Betting Trends
- New Orleans is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
- New Orleans is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Orleans’s last 10 games
- Golden State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Golden State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State’s last 7 games at home
Expert Analysis and Prediction
There’s really no sense in beating around the bush, seeing as how Golden State is just too good, too deep and too explosive for the Pelicans to keep up with this series.
While I’m not real fond of the double-digit spread in this contest, I’m going to urge you to back the defending champs to get another big win and narrow ATS cover in Game 2, simply because they are playing so well at both ends of the court. Klay Thompson has become the Dubs’ defacto go-to scorer with Steph Curry out of the lineup and not many players can match Anthony Davis, but Kevin Durant is one that can. Combine those two with the all-around contributions of fellow all-star Draymond Green and it’s easy to see why the Warriors are the pick to win and cash in.
I know the Pelicans are a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and a bankroll-boosting 23-10 ATS in their last 33 games overall while the Warriors are just 3-6 ATS in their last nine home games, but the Warriors are seriously focused right now and playing in front of their crazed home fans. New Orleans will definitely come out with a better effort, but I’m expecting the Warriors to get the win and narrow ATS cover anyway!
Pick: Golden State Warriors -11