NBA Playoffs Vegas Online Sports Betting & Predictions Friday May 4th, 2018
Golden State Looks To Take a Stranglehold in Their Series with New Orleans
The stakes have risen in the NBA playoffs and so has the play of the Golden State Warriors. In their two wins over the New Orleans Pelicans they are starting to look like their dominant selves, the team that’s won it all two of the last three years.
New Orleans gave them a good challenge in game two, before eventually falling 121-116. It was Stephen Curry’s return and all he did after missing nearly two months of action was come off the bench and lead his team with 28 points in 27 minutes of play.
If New Orleans is looking for something to build on, they can take some solace from the fact that three players had at least 22 points and each of the starters had at least 14 points. Anthony Davis had 25 points and 15 rebounds. Jrue Holiday had 24 points, eight assists and eight rebounds after a much weaker game one performance.
Rajon Rondo also looked like playoff Rondo as he had 22 points and 12 assists.
The other side of the coin is that in spite all of those solid performances it still wasn’t enough. What’s more after a relatively close game most of the way, the Warriors actually led by 12 with five minutes to go and 13 with under two minutes remaining.
They took their foot off the peddle just a little at the end which allowed New Orleans to narrow the gap and get the cover.
If the Pelicans are to make this a series they will need Davis to catch fire and have one of his 40-point games.
It’s hard to see where else the scoring will come from considering the bench had a total of 13 points and no starter played less than 36 minutes for the Pelicans.
Golden State is -4.5 point favorites and while I do expect another strong effort from the Pelicans with their season essentially on the line, I think the Warriors continue to win. Last game the spread was 11 so I went with the underdogs to cover. Now with a much more manageable 4.5 points, I’ll take the favorites to lower the hammer. The Pick: Warriors 122-109.