Warriors vs. Pelicans Prediction
The New Orleans Pelicans steamrolled the visiting Golden State Warriors in Game 3 to notch their first win of the series after two previous defeats. Will New Orleans manage to cover the spread and possibly win outright again this afternoon as the series continues?
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Smoothie King Center at 3:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Warriors are a 6-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 231 points. As of Sunday morning, 69 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Golden State. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Rondo threatens playoff assist record
The postseason record for most assists in a game is shared by legends Magic Johnson and John Stockton, both of which have a 24-assist playoff game. New Orleans point guard Rajon Rondo did not quite reach that territory in the Game 3 119-100 victory, but his 21 assists and 10 rebounds over 37 minutes played a major factor in the win. Rondo only scored four points of his own as he instead had one of his staff-stuffing games where he impacted the outcome in other areas. Anthony Davis was a prime benefactor from Rondo's distribution skills as he finished with a game-best 33 points to go with 18 rebounds plus four steals and three assists.
Thompson paces Warriors in loss
Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson can often be overlooked, especially now with Steph Curry back in the lineup. But Thompson quietly goes about his business and the stats are always there by the time a season is finished to show how valuable he is as a core member of one of the NBA's best teams. He did his best to keep the Warriors afloat in Game 3 as he led his squad with 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting while connecting on 3-of-9 from long range. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Although the Pelicans defense has improved greatly as the season has progressed, they are still prone to struggling defending the perimeter so expect Thompson to continue to see good looks from beyond the arc and can them at a clip better than 33 percent as he did last game.
NBA Betting Trends
The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings. The Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings in New Orleans.
The Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games. New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in their last five games played on one day of rest.
New Orleans has been playing great basketball at home and on one day of rest as it seems to get into a solid rhythm without too much rest. The Pelicans now have the confidence they can beat the Warriors and I think the spread is a little too much in favor of Golden State. Go with the hosts here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS +6