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New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors: Lineups, preview & prediction 4/28/18

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Sergio Cook | 29 April, 2018, 01:05

Golden State has dominated New Orleans, winning 24 of 25 regular-season and postseason meetings until a season-ending Pelicans win at Oracle Arena.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C DeMarcus Cousins (L Achilles rupture) and G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) are listed as out. One game did go to overtime.

Anthony Davis usually isn't comfortable talking about his legacy.

CROSS-MATCH CHESS: Small forwards will guard centers, point guards will defend forwards and it's conceivable that Draymond Green, over the course of the game, will guard five different Pelicans. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called Curry questionable for Saturday's Game 1, so it looks like the two-time MVP will either be ready to go for Game 1 or Game 2. They still have a long way to go before reaching the same plane as squads like Golden State, but a competitive series could prove that they might not be that far off. Davis was essentially the best player in the series looking at his stats.

While his numbers show that he could potentially become one of the greatest forwards in National Basketball Association history, the New Orleans Pelicans star has always felt like success in the postseason would be his main path to reaching such lofty goals. The problem is that Davis' many skills allow him to take advantage of the height difference. It's been easy to assume the Dubs will cakewalk to the Finals in recent years, but this Pelicans team poses one of the biggest threats they have ever faced.

Full strength immediately or not, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry realizes the tall task. That could prove hard against the red-hot backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday.

"What happened last series", said Jrue Holiday, who had his own breakout series against Portland. He's made a case this season to be considered the best player in the league, reinforced with an dominant performance against the Trail Blazers that saw him average 33 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 2.8 blocks and shoot 57.6 percent from the field across the four games.

Davis will see the Golden State Warriors in the second round, and even with Warriors guard Stephen Curry on the mend, he feels that the Pelicans can upset the reigning champions.

Though Golden State has more firepower with four All-Stars on their team, New Orléans has talent on its roster as well. Holiday is averaging 27.8 points per game and Mirotic is averaging 18.3.

The Warriors' general manager, Bob Myers, came right out and said it's possible-not guaranteed, but possible-that Curry will be back Saturday. Rondo, meanwhile, leads all players in the playoffs with 13.3 assists per game.

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