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NBA Playoffs Preview: Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

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Series Schedule (ET):

  • Game 1: @Portland, Saturday, 4/14, 10:30 pm, ESPN
  • Game 2: @Portland, Tuesday, 4/17, 10:30 pm, TNT
  • Game 3: @New Orleans, Thursday, 4/19, 9:00 pm, NBATV
  • Game 4: @New Orleans, Saturday, 4/21, 5:00 pm, TNT
  • Game 5 (If-Needed): @Portland, Tuesday, 4/24, TBD
  • Game 6 (If-Needed): @New Orleans, Thursday, 4/26, TBD
  • Game 7 (If-Needed): @Portland, Saturday, 4/28, TBD, TNT

Analysis: This is going to be one of the best series of the first round. It’s unfortunate that DeMarcus Cousins is out, but the Pelicans have been playing just as well without him. Anthony Davis has established himself as a top 6-7 player in the league after this season. On the other side of things you have Damian Lillard who might make the All-NBA First Team this season. He’s averaging 26.9 PPG, 6.6 APG, and 4.1 RPG, while leading his team to a #3 seed in the deepest Western Conference of all-time. In the end, I think that Portland’s guard play, between Lillard and McCollum, will be too much for New Orleans to handle. However, expected a long series where every game is decided by less than 10 points.

Prediction: Blazers in 7

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