NBA Playoffs Vegas Online Sports Betting & Predictions Tuesday May 8th, 2018
Golden State Looks to Eliminate New Orleans Tuesday Night
The Golden State Warriors took a commanding 3-1 series lead in their best of seven Western Conference Semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. They did it in emphatic fashion with a 118-92 win that they dominated from the outset.
The Warriors led by 15 after the first quarter and were up by 21 heading into the fourth.
What’s more the defense was also outstanding as they held the Pelicans to a total of 38 second half points.
New Orleans got 26 points and 12 rebounds from Anthony Davis and 20 points from Etwaun Moore, but Rajon Rondo was held to just six points and six assists and Nikola Mirotic had seven points. The Warriors all but took away the Pelicans three-point game as well as they were just 4-26 from long range.
What’s more, the Pelicans bench managed just 14 points in the game and it was done inefficiently at that. Ian Clark had 11 points on 4-14 shooting and went 0-7 from long range.
If the Pelicans are to have a chance on Tuesday they will need their starting five to put up a heroic effort against a team that is once again playing at the top of their game. And they’ll need to do it in one of the loudest arenas in the NBA.
The numbers for the Pelicans haven’t been bad as Davis is averaging 26.3 PPG and 13.8 RPG in the series and Jrue Holiday has 18.8 PPG and 5 APG and six players are in double digits. All told the Pelicans are scoring 107.0 PPG in this series.
And with the Warriors getting off to huge starts, their starters have been able to play four to five minutes less a game than the Pelicans which is keeping them fresher as the series goes on. All told the Warriors are averaging 115.5 PPG.
Golden State is -11.5 point favorites and the over/under sits at 227. With the conference finals fully in their sights, it is hard to see the Warriors faltering at home. A resounding win seems the likeliest outcome. The Pick: Warriors 123-110.