The Trail Blazers and Pelicans will cap the first day of the NBA playoffs. Here’s all the information you need to watch Game 1 of their first-round series.
Game 1 between the Blazers and Pelicans will cap off the first day of the playoffs, kicking off what could be one of the closest first-round series. Nylon Calculus’ projections give the Blazers just a 55 percent chance of winning the series, with them winning in seven games as the most likely outcome.
Portland has been known for their offense the past few seasons but this year they, somewhat improbably, finished with a top-10 defense. Their supporting cast and Jusuf Nurkic in the middle were particularly important to their defensive improvement, allowing Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to win games with their individual scoring talents.
New Orleans looked doomed when DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season with an Achilles’ tear. However, Anthony Davis slid over to center and went on an absolute tear. He’s playing as well as he ever has and, with the resurgence of Jrue Holiday and the additions of Nikola Mirotic and Rajon Rondo, this team is deeper than they’ve been in the past.
Game 1 will go a long way towards determining who has control of this series. Here’s all the information you need to watch.
Date: Saturday, Apr. 14
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Portland, OR
Venue: Moda Center
TV Info: ESPN, NSNW
Live Stream: Watch live on FuboTV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial.
Anthony Davis is going to be an incredibly difficult cover for Jusuf Nurkic but on the other side, Jrue Holiday can’t cover BOTH McCollum and Lillard. This series has a much potential for evolution and adjustments as any of the first round matchups and it will be fascinating to see who sets what tone in Game 1.