Portland Trail Blazers: 5 keys to series vs. Pelicans

Portland Trail Blazers: 5 keys to series vs. Pelicans

First thing's first: You're not going to outright stop Anthony Davis. Luckily for us, the National Basketball Association released a handy chart that we can follow along with tonight as all of the impactful games play out. "He's making sure we're making the effort to get back into the offense and get some assists for him". The Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans meet on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.

Rondo set up all three of Davis' dunks — including a soaring roundhouse jam on a cut to the basket in the first half and a reverse alley-oop in the fourth quarter that drove the crowd wild with delight.

This was another classic Popovich and one of the last before the playoffs start.

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

Here's the chart you can use as you watch everything play out tonight! And despite their late four-game losing streak, the Blazers still finished 49-33 and clinched the Northwest Division title. "We had a bad third quarter", Lillard said.

"A lot of guys stepped up and made plays". New Orleans also had 32 points on fast breaks, compared to 17 for the Spurs.


Spurs: Kyle Anderson and Bryn Forbes each scored 10 points. Remained without Kawhi Leonard, who wound up playing in only nine games during the regular season because of a lingering right quadriceps injury.

But over a four-game season series - and especially over a best-of-seven playoff series - some clear signs do begin to emerge.

FiveThirtyEight doesn't have much to say about the Blazers, but it's worth noting their CARM-ELO model gives Portland a 3 percent chance to win the National Basketball Association championship, up from a 1% chance in the preseason. Mirotic hasn't scored fewer than 21 in any of New Orleans past five games. They are identical to what the players wear before the game when they're doing warm-ups.

Lillard, who goes into the game averaging 26.9 points, had 41 points in the final meeting of the season with the Pelicans, a 107-103 Blazers win in New Orleans. They want to play slow.

Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans is an extremely intriguing match-up, and it presents interesting challenges for both teams.

The wild, wild west is giving writers around the country headaches as they try to make sense of incredibly competitive NBA Playoff matchups.

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