Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, game 2 of the playoffs, and the Pelicans took the first shot at the home of the Trail Blazers, it was quite a surprise for the home team. The dominance of the Pelicans was not as strong, but it was enough to win the game and keep the first game of the playoffs in Portland, now the home team has to clear up doubts and win to resume the course in the playoffs.
New Orleans Pelicans: The road to the playoffs starts well.
The Pelicans without Cousins, but with Davis have shown to have many things, the regular season is a dream come true and now in the playoffs winning the first game on the road has become the biggest hope that the team will get much further of the playoffs. Winning Portland was not so easy, the first half was dominated by the pelicans (45-36), but in the second half the home team came close to the pelicans (52-59), although they had no luck and the team The visitor won the game by 2 points, 97-95.
The average points on the road for the pelicans has remained at 109.8 points, the problem for the pelicans has been the defense, in the first game the defense did a decent job but they let the home team come very close to the result final, and knowing that the average points allowed is 108.6 on the road to the defense of the Pelicans.
Tonight’s strategy for New Orleans Pelicans should be the same thing they used for the first game, scoring points, keeping the defense as tight as possible and allowing Anthony Davis to score 28 points or more, plus vacations, Moore and Mirotic must support the team scoring and recovering rebounds.
Portland Trail Blazers: The first game was a disaster.
Nobody knows what happened at the home of the Trail Blazers, losing the first game of the playoffs was something unexpected, the first first quarters the team is lost and could not find their game. Damian Lillard could only score 18 of the 26.9 that are averaging in the season, the playoffs are small different, but playing at home that deficiency is too noticeable.
McCollum struggled to score more than 19 points, while Turner only reached the 13-point mark, Turner was one of the best in the game. Portland Trail Blazers at home is scoring an average of 106.5 points, 45.6% field goal, 81.5% goal-free, 11.05 triples and an average of 45 rebounds per game. The defense only allows 102.1 points to the visitors, the objective field effectiveness for the visitors is similar to the home team with 45%.
This game makes us think about the defensive capacity of each team, in the last prediction related to this game, we had more than 217 total points, but still we passed the 200 points barrier. In my opinion the two teams were only “meeting” in the playoffs, but the second game was different, New Orleans Pelicans scored more than 100 points, I’m sure of that.
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