Experts Give Their Playoff Predictions For Portland

Portland will play New Orleans in the first round of the NBA playoffs regardless of Wednesday's outcome against Utah

Portland will play New Orleans in the first round of the NBA playoffs regardless of Wednesday's outcome against Utah

Jrue Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans held on after Portland erased nearly all of a 19-point deficit. He is averaging a career-high 19 points per game on a career-high 49.4% shooting and is also dishing out 6.0 assists per game. "We were able to get out to a lead and sustain it". There was no stopping an attack led by Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, which propelled this team to victory. Was it Terry Stotts and the coaching staff's fault for not preparing their team and providing a better game plan, or was it the players who were at fault for not being ready to protect their home court?

The chemistry between Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo continue blossoming to spectacular effect, infusing the New Orleans Pelicans with confidence as they head into the playoffs on a resounding five-game winning streak.

"He was up all night watching film", said Davis of Rondo.

The Pelicans finished as the sixth seed after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 122-98 Wednesday night.

"I think that is all psycho-babble", he said.

Spurs: Kyle Anderson and Bryn Forbes each scored 10 points. New Orleans led by five points until McCollum drained a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Pelicans received a complete team effort in game one with Jrue Holiday making some big shots and Nikola Mirotic drilled four three-pointers.

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The game looked to be at blowout proportions, as the Pelicans built a 19-point lead in the third quarter before Portland made a spirited comeback that fell just short.

The Pelicans ripped off a 21-4 run to close the second quarter, bringing the crowd to its feet and leading to a 61-43 halftime advantage. Holiday is the Pelicans best small defender, so expect him to spend a lot of time harassing Portland's best offensive player.

Mirotic scored seven points during the spurt, all on layups set up by Rondo, including one as he was fouled by Gasol.

With the New Orleans Pelicans back in the playoffs, there are a few things that are flying off the shelf. The Trail Blazers did not play well in game one, however they still nearly managed to come back to win after falling behind 19 points in the third quarter.

For the first time since their dynasty began in the 2014-2015 National Basketball Association season, there is some intrigue surrounding the Golden State Warriors' first-round playoff series. "We are not playing with any caution or anything like that".

On Dec. 2, the Pelicans beat the Blazers in Portland while shooting 48.4 percent from three.

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