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Old 04-13-2018, 11:30 AM   #1
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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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Old 04-13-2018, 11:32 AM   #2
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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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Old 04-13-2018, 03:01 PM   #3
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Pelicans in 6. /thread.
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Old 04-13-2018, 03:58 PM   #4
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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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Old 04-13-2018, 04:40 PM   #5
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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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Old 04-13-2018, 04:45 PM   #6
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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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Old 04-13-2018, 07:34 PM   #7
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Davis never had such a complete team

Pels in 6
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:07 PM   #8
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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—as he must be, since it would be all but mutually inclusive to winning this series.

If the past is any predictor of the future, he'll make resounding noise in this series. To contextualize the past: Anthony Davis' 31.5 PPG in the Warriors-Pelicans series of 2015 was the fourth-highest PPG average for a player's playoffs-series debut, outproduced only by Michael Jordan's 43 PPG in 1986, LeBron's 35 PPG in 2006, and Tracy McGrady's 33 PPG in 2001—a great pantheon of players for the then-22-year-old to join.

With three more years of more maturation and not another playoffs game since, I think he has more than enough alacrity to pick up where he left off.

If Davis were the only X-factor in this series—or even if DeMarcus Cousins was playable—I'd have no doubt of the outcome; that obviously isn't the case, however, and I'm not sure that his team is able enough.

Blazers have home-court advantage (and in one of the most blaring home crowds in the league), the better coach, and a league-better backcourt. Additionally, they are one of the most paint-protective teams in the NBA (fourth-least paint points allowed out of all teams in the league), which the Pelicans backcourt will need a hot-handed series to space out.

Not that the Pelicans can't keep up with the Blazer's three-point-shooting, but I'd be much more comfortable trusting the Blazers when they have home-court advantage and multiple star-level players to depend, whereas the Pelicans derive it mostly from their role-players (whose consistency I'd be skeptical about on the road in the playoffs).

The series is a toss-up, but I have to lean towards the team hosting the Game 7—which is bound to leave us ruminating about all the what-ifs with Cousins out for the season.

Bottom-line prediction: Blazers in 7.
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:23 PM   #9
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Blazers in 6.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:07 AM   #10
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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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Old 04-14-2018, 03:17 AM   #11
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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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Old 04-14-2018, 02:01 PM   #12
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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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Old 04-14-2018, 07:56 PM   #13
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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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Old 04-14-2018, 09:08 PM   #14
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AD gonna get his first playoff win
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:41 PM   #15
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Time for Blazers show AD how THICK they are
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