Will they be able to do the same thing to other Western Conference playoff opponents? Let's preview this series and take a look at the best online sportsbooks for their Game 1, series and world championship odds. The report particularly mentioned Cousins' torn Achilles tendon as a possible reason why Los Angeles could overlook him. The Raptors have better and more cohesive talent around its star guards, and when you look at the Blazers roster, there are no obvious players for whom you'd like to get extra shots.
Lillard, who led Portland in scoring all season, with 26.9 points per game, averaged just 18.5 points in their first round series.
The most recent matchup between the two teams was April 7, when New Orleans beat Golden State 126-120 at Oracle Arena.
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This is a change from what Lowe reported was a "consensus around the league" the Pelicans would offer the Kentucky product a five-year max deal in the immediate aftermath of his injury in part because they didn't want to lose a superstar without much return. Now, we get to see what Davis can do in a post-season duel against the reigning NBA Finals MVP. His mediocre play comes off the heals of one of Portland's best seasons in years.
Holiday's impact on this series can't be ignored, specifically in games two and four.
So far in the Playoffs, the Warriors have relied heavily on the services of Durant. Portland has a solid young core in Lillard, McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic. Both were also the team leaders in block percentage, with Mirotic accounting for 5.5 percent of all blocks that occurred with him in play, and Davis blocking 5.8 percent of all shots with him on the court.
For the Pelicans, you're literally asking them to stop or contain one of the most high-powered potent offenses in the National Basketball Association. "Jrue Holiday is looking like an all-NBA type of point guard with his ability to defend and run the team". However, with Cousins out, Davis needed offensive help. Nevertheless, the Warriors' average margin of victory was more than 14 points per game against the Spurs, which made the decision to rest Curry a no-brainer.
Another major factor in the series was Holiday's lockdown defense on Lillard.
Compare those numbers with Lillard's regular season average of 26.9 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting from the field, including 36.1 percent from three, and it becomes apparent how effectively the Pelicans shut Dame Dolla down.
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