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    Default 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Could be the most competitive/entertaining matchup of the first round. Both teams playing very well presently. Teams split regular season, each winning one home and away. Largest deficit was 10.

    Game 1 in Portland: Saturday, April 14, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
    Game 2 in Portland: Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
    Game 3 in New Orleans: Thursday, April 19, 9 p.m. ET, NBA TV
    Game 4 in New Orleans: Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m. ET, TNT
    Game 5 in Portland: TBA (if necessary)
    Game 6 in New Orleans: TBA (if necessary)
    Game 7 in Portland: TBA (if necessary)

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Excited to see Playoff Rondo again

    This time he got a mfin squad!

    Story of the series is Dame vs. Davis

    Which Superstar is ready to take their legacy to the next level?

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelicans in 6. /thread.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelicans are an underrated team even without Cousins. They played Portland tough. I just think Playoff Dame and CJ will be too much. Plus they didn't have Nurkic last year. So we get to see a almost full strength Portland team.

    I hope Harkless is back next week. We need him.

    Blazers in 5 or 6.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    This should be a Pelicans win in 6 or 7 to me.

    - Playoff Rondo
    - Monster Davis
    - E'Twaun Moore plays big, there aren't moments too big for him, can get hot from 3 and plays D
    - Mirotic has been on fire recently and can be the x-factor
    - Jrue Holiday is steady/a stud
    - Darius Miller off the bench can be an x-factor in a game with his deadeye 3pt shot

    Blazers have just their starters, have to hope Lillard and McCollum go off at the same time a lot of the time, and have only the likes of Zach Collins, Napier and Ed Davis off the bench. I just don't see it.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelicans lowkey have a big 3 in Davis, Rondo and Holiday. Both Jrue and Rondo are solid defensively and will give CJ and Dame fits.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Davis never had such a complete team

    Pels in 6

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    I'm expecting a special series from Anthony Davis. The eventual victor of this series is debatable enough, but one outcome is indisputable to me: The Brow will be the best player of this series

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Blazers in 6.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    If the Pelicans can't advance with the amount of TALENT they have, Embiid is indubitably the best bigman in the league. No other way around it.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Portland has fallen off that incredible 13 game winning kick to finish off the season, going a limp 5-7. They must keep Unibrow under 27 ppg and 11 rebounds and force him to shoot inefficiently. Nurkic should have the series of his life, add at least 12 or more points per game, and keep the pressure off of Lillard and McCollum.

    Holiday is good, but he won't be enough to offset the Blazers' superlative backcourt.
    Moreover. The Blazers' depth and homecourt should be enough to advance to the second round.

    Portland in 7.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans is playing with no pressure at all. They're not supposed to be in the playoffs. They have nothing to lose.

    Another thing is, Blazers strength is on their 1 & 2 guards while Pelicans have two of the best defensive guards in the league. Who can stop AD?

    This is going to be a dangerous series for the Blazers.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    I'm curious to see how Wade Baldwin plays this series. He played great defense for the Blazers but it didn't lead to wins.

    I wonder if he turns it up a notch or just fouls out like most overly zealous young defenders.

    I hope Aminu is on in this series. His 3 point shot is either money or trash.

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    AD gonna get his first playoff win

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    Default Re: 2018 NBA First Round Matchup: (3) Portland Trailblazers v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

    Time for Blazers show AD how THICK they are

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