NBA Playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview And Prediction

NBA Playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview And Prediction

If they win, their most likely matchup in the 1st round is the Blazers.

Because of how things worked out in the insane Western Conference this season, the Blazers will be facing the sixth-seeded Pelicans in the first round.

Davis knows what this Pelicans team is capable of, which continues to overcome a lot of what adversity has thrown at them this season following the loss of star center DeMarcus Cousins to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Here's the chart you can use as you watch everything play out tonight!

If you're Portland, your aim is to deny Davis touches at every turn, thereby forcing possessions into the hands of Solomon Hill, Emeka Okafor, or Darius Miller.

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Game 1 will go a long way towards determining who has control of this series. "There is no pressure on us, so we've just got go play and be better and just be locked in". Outstanding as Davis, Lillard, and McCollum might be, none wants to turn the corner to find multiple defenders and a crowded lane waiting for them.

The Blazers are a unanimous pick (in six or seven games) by USA Today's team of National Basketball Association writers. The NBA Weekly crew breaks down the series in the video above or below!

Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 14 assists, Nikola Mirotic had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday added 19 points for the Pelicans, led by double-digits throughout the second half, with their largest lead topping out at 25.

Anthony Davis is going to be an incredibly hard cover for Jusuf Nurkic but on the other side, Jrue Holiday can't cover BOTH McCollum and Lillard.

For the first time since 2015, superstar power forward Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans are headed back to the playoffs. But there's enough talent to get it done if Alvin Gentry can design a solid game plan. It all depends on how Davis and Lillard impact the series, but also the defense (for Portland) and 3-point shooting (for New Orleans) - in addition to other factors. The Blazers, who were on a four-game losing streak, controlled the game and beat the Jazz, who had won six games in a row, 102-93 in front of the home crowd at Moda Center.

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