New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors 5/8/18, Prediction & Odds

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Steve Kerr chose to put the Hamptons Five on the floor as his starting lineup in Game 4, and that resulted in a dominant 26-point victory. It should be sort of understood, the guys who played big minutes on a day like today should sleep, get some treatment, get a massage, go play golf, do something.

Ray Brewer won back-to-back titles in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-15.

Golden State responded after a rough loss Friday with a blowout 118-92 win Sunday afternoon at Smoothie King Center. The implications yielded both reminders of their championship dominance and significance surrounding a Game 4 win that cemented a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals. I wasn't aggressive in Game 3 and I knew that.

The offensive firepower that Golden State boasts makes it an unlikely proposition for any team to beat them three games in a row, but the Pelicans aren't thinking that far down the road. Western Conference and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. But when you lose by 26 points, I guess it's hard to direct even the tiniest bit of blame toward the three guys blowing the whistles.

Durant had 38 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the way on Sunday.

Green got so upset that he chose to text Kevin Durant, who scored just 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting in the 19-point loss.

As the inevitable clash against the Houston Rockets edges closer, the Golden State Warriors are using the second round to get into peak form. Moments later, Green fired a cross-court pass to Durant for a one-handed jam.

The Warriors stormed out to a 20-8 lead with 5:44 left in the first quarter. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. He scored 10 points in those games, though none of that mattered much to the Celtics. He doesn't expect to see anything different out of him on Tuesday despite having the opportunity to finally shed the label that he can't get out of the second round.

For the Jazz, they're hoping that they can recreate the success they had in Game 2 when they led by as many as 19 points early, and held on for a 116-108 win.

In the Pelicans' Game 3 win, Mirotic's value to the New Orleans' operation was readily apparent. "The plan was to get that, so we wouldn't be a one-dimensional team". They have the muscle memory leftover from the same journey from a year ago, with a groups so devastating that they can take apart any other team in basketball, when they are at their very best.

If Cousins remained healthy, slowing the pace somewhat, and punishing the smaller lineups the Warriors use to greatest effect, would be a more realistic option for New Orleans.

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