New Orleans Pelicans Golden State Warriors second-round stage is set

Apr 21 2018 New Orleans LA USA New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis celebrates after a three point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half in game four of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie Ki

The Pelicans say they have not previously had a problem with the improper sharing of promotional codes for ticket sales, but that an "unprecedented demand for playoff tickets resulted in tickets being purchased by non-season ticket or partial season ticket holders". Let's preview this series and take a look at the best online sportsbooks for their Game 1, series and world championship odds. As such, a shorter deal may make the most sense for Cousins moving forward.

Under most circumstances, it would be Anthony Davis. But Davis averaged an NBA-high 30.2 points during the last 34 regular season games, with the Pelicans going 21-13.

However, the rest of the National Basketball Association will now have to deal with New Orleans under Gentry's rule for another season.

The most recent matchup between the two teams was April 7, when New Orleans beat Golden State 126-120 at Oracle Arena. And while we knew Anthony Davis would rise to the occasion, it's the emergence of Jrue Holiday that's turning heads. We want a winning team when it counts the most.

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Davis is referring to Holiday's epic 41-point outburst in the final game of the Portland series, which capped off Holiday's coming-out party early in this year's playoffs. Even reaching this total turned out to be a chore for Lillard, as he registered a true shooting percentage of 47 percent while having the second highest usage percentage of the team at 24.9 percent. ESPN also reported that Gentry was informed of the move prior to the Pelicans sweeping its first-round playoff series over the Portland Trail Blazers. Understanding that Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who comprise Portland's starting backcourt, aren't strong defensive guards, the Trail Blazers elected to have center Jusuf Nurkic drop deep in the lane during pick-and-rolls, effectively encouraging the opposing player to pull-up and launch a mid-range jumper (the least efficient type of shot on an expected points-per-shot basis).

Of course, the Warriors do have Durant now. Veteran guard Rajon Rondo, who won a title in Boston with a "Big Three" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, said he came to New Orleans on a one-year deal to play with the "Big Three" of Davis, Cousins and Holiday.

Free-agent outlook: The big question is the future of Jusuf Nurkic, a restricted free agent who has helped stabilize the Portland defense even as he has been inconsistent offensively. Less than three weeks ago, he scored 25 points, making 55.6 percent of his shots from the field, against Golden State.

For those of you keeping score - and there are a lot of you if our Twitter feeds are any indication - that means the Trail Blazers have lost in the first round 67.6 percent of the times they've made the playoffs.

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