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Warriors Look for Commanding Lead at Pelicans

Warriors NBA Playoffs 2018

Curry Back in Starting Lineup for Warriors

The Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans meet on Friday when they battle at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The Warriors will be looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.  They battle it out on ESPN at 8 pm EST.

Oddsmakers opened the Warriors as -4-point favorites versus the Pelicans, while the game’s total opened at 230.5. The line is now Golden State -4.5 and the total is 233.

Warriors Have been in Total Control

Golden State star guard Stephen Curry will be back in the starting lineup in tonight’s game 3. Curry injured his left knee on march 23 and returned to action on Tuesday. He scored 28 points off the bench in the warriors’ 121-116 victory.

The Warriors have said Curry will play more than the 27 minutes he received in game 2 as well. He didn’t appear to be rusty at all. Curry drained five 3-pointers and collected seven rebounds in a strong effort. He helped the Warriors take a 2-0 series lead.

Draymond Green fell one rebound short of his second straight triple-double. He is averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11.5 assists in the series.

Klay Thompson had just 10 points on 4-of-20 shooting in game 2 after scoring 27 in the opener.

As Expected, Davis Leading Pelicans

Anthony Davis is averaging 23 points and 12.5 rebounds through the first two games to lead the Pelicans. New Orleans may need an explosion from him in game 3 to keep them in it. It needs to be similar to the 47-point effort he posted in the final game of the first-round series against Portland.

Jrue Holiday was solid with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in game 2. He struggled to 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting in the opener. Rajon Rondo continued his strong postseason showing. He had 22 points and 12 assists in game 2 and he is averaging 12.7 points and 12.7 assists in six playoff games.

New Orleans outscored Golden State 66-38 in the paint. The Pelicans could not get to the free-throw line though. Golden State has a 59-20 edge in free-throw attempts. Davis and Holiday never attempted a free throw in Game 2.

 

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