NBA Playoffs Vegas Online Sports Betting & Free Picks Sunday May 6th, 2018
Golden State Looks to Get Back on Track After New Orleans Breakthrough
What made that win so unlikely is that the Pelicans couldn’t get a win in the first two games when the chances were higher. That’s because Stephen Curry was still a spectator for game one and then made his playoff debut after nearly two months on the sidelines in game two.
One figured that with a game under his belt he’d be even better in game three and so too would the world champion Warriors.
The Pelicans in the meanwhile had seemed to hit their ceiling in game two with their starters combining for 103 points and still falling 121-116.
But in fact they did find another gear in front of their home crowd with Anthony Davis leading the way. The Pelicans big man had his best output of the series with 33 points and 18 rebounds. Rajon Rondo is back to playing inspired playoff basketball -not seen since his Celtics days- and he was a maestro in game three finishing with 21 assists.
But the Pelicans 119-110 win was built on the back of a solid defense that held the Warriors to just 29.0% shooting and 9-31 overall from three-points. Curry was the worst among the bunch hitting on just six of 19 shots for a very inefficient 19 points.
Kevin Durant had 22 points but was just 1-6 from long range.
The unsung hero for New Orleans in this one was Ian Clark who chipped in with 18 points in 22 minutes off the bench. That kind of secondary scoring is what was largely absent for the Pelicans in the series up till now and will be needed if they are to have hopes of really making a series of it.
Clark’s highest point total in the playoffs before this came in game one against Portland when he had 10 points.
Golden State is -6 point favorites and while it’s hard to doubt the defending champions will bounce back from their worst game of the playoffs, these Pelicans playing in front of their home fans have a lot to offer as well. I think this one will go down to the wire. The Pick: Warriors 109-107.