NBA Playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview And Prediction

Three keys to the Blazers first-round playoff series against the Pelicans

Game 2 is Tuesday night, and odds will be released soon by BetSDI Sportsbook.

The New Orleans Pelicans needed to sweat out the franchise's first playoff win since 2011 - the first under the Pelicans moniker they adopted before the 2013-14 season and the first of Anthony Davis' career. By the time they found a rhythm late in the third, New Orleans had almost pushed the lead to 20 points. Through three quarters Sunday, it looked as if those stats should have been flipped as the Pelicans held the Trail Blazers to just 63 points and 36.6% shooting before the last period.

The Pelicans and Blazers split their season series 2-2, each team winning once at home and once on the road. Four Trail Blazers made two field goals off the bench in the first half.

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The Blazers pulled within seven points with 9:07 left to play on a Lillard three; it was 77-70.

Serge Ibaka led the Raptors in scoring with 23 points as seven other players chipped in at least nine points. The five-time All-Star led New Orleans with 35 points (on 14-for-26 shooting), 14 rebounds and four blocks in 40 minutes. After heading into the intermission down four, DeMar DeRozan rolled out of the gates firing on all cylinders, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the third quarter as Toronto took a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

The Trail Blazers slow start cost them in game one. They will definitely need a complete effort from Lillard and McCollum in game two. His MVP level performance from the regular season carried over and the Trail Blazers had no answer for him. They are a strong defensive team, holding the opposition to 103 points, good for fifth in the National Basketball Association. The Trail Blazers did not play well in game one, however they still nearly managed to come back to win after falling behind 19 points in the third quarter. (McCollum). We've gotta rebound the ball a little better, but we got the win.

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Washington led by four points at halftime, and Toronto's two stars struggled again. Wizards: Wall had six assists in the second quarter and 10 in the first half.

"Dame had a hell of a game, but it's playoffs and you can put everything behind what happened before", Stotts said. The Blazers knew their opponent before the game with the Jazz.

The high-scoring Pelicans were only able to score 97 points in game one, and Portland is not a high-scoring team.

The Pelicans didn't play that well on offense to begin the night, but Portland was so bad that it allowed them to take control early.

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