3 takeaways from Game 1 vs. Blazers

Postgame recap Pelicans 122 Spurs 98

The Pelicans will be eliminated as a possible Warriors' opponent if the Thunder win Wednesday night.

The wild, wild west is giving writers around the country headaches as they try to make sense of incredibly competitive NBA Playoff matchups.

Undeterred, Davis dominated throughout the remainder of the regular season. And this was despite truly very bad three-point shooting from Damian Lillard (1/8) and Evan Turner (1/5).

The Pelicans opened up as slight underdogs in the opening game of the series and they came through as the combination of Holiday and Davis played a big role in the team taking such a big lead. He's also had at least three blocks in all four games. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum sparked Portland's comeback with 34 of their combined 37 points coming after halftime, but it wasn't quite enough to put the Trail Blazers over the top.

The Silver & Black (47-35) dropped to the No. 7 seed and will play No. 2 seed Golden State, the defending league champion, in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. He averaged 28.6 points per game in those 22 games, the third most in the league, and dished out 6.6 assists to go with just 2.2 turnovers.

Nurkic will need to lean on his teammates for help, but affecting Davis needs to be the prime focus for the Trail Blazers and Nurkic for the remainder of the series. Aminu is a long and agile defender, the ideal matchup for Davis if such a thing exists. Portland is scoring an average of 105.6 points, ranking them 16th overall.

The Blazers and Pelicans met four times during the 2017-2018 season. In the middle two games he was solid, but in the most recent he exploded for 41 points on 18-for-33 shooting, nine boards, six assists, and four steals.

This will be a good one. Needless to say, Davis is playing at a super high level as the playoffs approach. It is not often Lillard shoots 26%, so I definitely anticipate a big bounce back game from the star, plus he has been a solid playoff performer in his career.

The Portland Trail Blazers could not recover from a weak first half in their game one loss on Saturday night.

Holiday's defense was superb, forcing a steal on a breakaway Portland fast break during the final moments, then blocking a shot with seconds left in regulation.

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