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New Orleans Pelicans guard Quinn Cook shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Tim Quarterman during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 12, 2017. In the last three meetings between New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers have ended with the results of Pelicans' two games win. New Orleans had fouled Quarterman on goal, preventing the Trail Blazers from a look at a three-point shot.

However, for the Trail Blazers to have anything more than a puncher's chance in this playoff series, they need quality minutes from now injured center Jusuf Nurkic. The Warriors have a problem down low and they will have difficulty guarding a player like Nurkic, who is 7-foot tall and weighs around 280 pounds.

Despite coming off the All-Star break with raised expectations after acquiring forward DeMarcus Cousins in blockbuster trade on the night of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, the Pelicans still didn't meet its playoff objective. Golden State should show up ready to play at its highest level every single game and treat each potential series like they're playing for rings.

A report by ESPN outlined how Durant posted a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) during his first game since February 28. The Warriors swept the Blazers in their season series, winning all four matchups by an average of 19.5 points.

Newly acquired center Jusuf Nurkic is the biggest question mark.

Diallo had 12 points and 16 rebounds, and the Pelicans snapped a five-game losing streak with a 103-100 victory over the playoff-bound Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. "The Warriors will have the priority on April 26", the spokesperson said. They were able to fend off the Denver Nuggets to secure the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Memphis, too, challenged the Warriors this season, stumping the Warriors twice in a row by a double-digit margin.

Anyway, Lillard's prediction is way off. Warriors in five.

The Blazers are now underdogs against a Warriors team that boasts Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line.

Portland took an 88-87 lead on Napier's 3-pointer before Bryn Forbes answered with a 3 for the Spurs.


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