The Portland Trail Blazers will attempt to bounce back from a tough game one defeat when they host the New Orleans Pelicans in game two of the Western Conference quarterfinals Tuesday night from the Moda Center.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers lost four of their last five games of the regular season and they came out flat which meant they were always trailing the red-hot Pelicans. "Whoever we play is going to be a really good basketball team and we're going to have to play well". Don't forget, Boogie was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while playing alongside The Brow. Jrue Holiday scored 23 points, E'Twaun Moore had 13 and Ian Clark 11 off the bench. Three players had a double-double, as well: Davis, Rondo and Nikola Mirotic. "It was a fun game". "They came out and supported us and they were here all seasons through the ups and downs and we wanted to make sure we came out and finished strong for them". The Pels, who are without DeMarcus Cousins after he suffered an achilles injury earlier in the season, will be relying on Anthony Davis to put the team on his back against a hungry Portland squad with home court advantage.
The status of Kawhi Leonard heading into the postseason is still unknown, but San Antonio is operating as though he will not be available.
Davis had plenty of help from Rondo, who dished out a game-high 17 assists to go along with 8 rebounds.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall.
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Alex Iwobi nearly doubled Arsenal s lead moments later with a stinging strike that forced a good save from Martin Dubravka. I feel the team gave everything. "We paid a bit for the fact we played on Thursday night".
New Orleans beat the Spurs outside and inside, finishing with a whopping 78-42 edge in the paint and 32-17 in fast-break points.
"We got in and now it is time to fine-tune things and try to get better", Aldridge said.
Danny Green made two 3-pointers and Anderson and Forbes made one each as the Spurs got within 79-65.
Mirotic scored seven points during the spurt, all on layups set up by Rondo, including one as he was fouled by Gasol. Defensively, the Pelicans are yielding 110.6 points per game against the opposing teams.
"You want to be able to go into the postseason rolling with high energy", Clark said. The Trailblazers will be kicking themselves after losing the series opener but they really started to turn it on late in the game which was nearly enough to pull off the comeback, even with Lillard suffering a bad shooting night. Four Trail Blazers made two field goals off the bench in the first half.