Davis doesn't think New Orleans can win the series, he truly believes it.
But the Pelicans are riding high given just how dominant they performed in a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference first round. However, this season series is not going to be particularly relevant in determining the outcome of this playoff matchup.
While his numbers show that he could potentially become one of the greatest forwards in National Basketball Association history, the New Orleans Pelicans star has always felt like success in the postseason would be his main path to reaching such lofty goals. Facing Lillard and McCollum is like a warm-up act before trying to deal with Curry and Thompson, and while Clark can spell him, Holiday's defense will impact this series more than his offense. The team expects to officially announce sometime after shoot-around and before 7:30 p.m. tipoff whether he'll play. Durant made only 25 percent of his triples on eight attempts per game after making almost 42 percent of his 3-point attempts in the regular season. If Curry plays, the Warriors should shoot far better than their poor 33.6% mark from long range against the Spurs.
The Golden State Warriors got past the San Antonio Spurs in the first round with relative ease, but the streaking New Orleans Pelicans should provide a greater challenge. But, given their dominance in the first round, they're playing freely and are extremely unsafe at the moment. When asked what he expected to see from Davis in this series, teammate Jrue Holiday responded with a confident answer. Both of them were almost unstoppable in the first round, and both are also major factors on the defensive end.
One big reason why was Kevin Durant's slump from deep.
The most important matchup in this series will be down low, as Golden State's primary focus needs to be on making sure that Anthony Davis has as little open space as possible.
The Warriors are limited in their options in terms of keeping Davis in check. "We can't wait for him to get back whenever that is". David West is too slow, and Draymond Green is too small. But Davis is right about this: the Pelicans play the Warriors hard. That could prove hard against the red-hot backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday.
It's been over a month since Stephen Curry has played in a game due to a knee issue.
Yet while people want to jump on the Pelicans' bandwagon after repackaging themselves since Cousins went down, there's a small nagging presence in the back of peoples' minds when they finally look at how these teams lineup and then make the realization, "Wait, the Pelicans are going to try and run with the Warriors?" But, Curry participated fully in Golden State's practice Friday, according to multiple reports.
Final Prediction: The Golden State Warriors defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 4-1 to advance to the second round.