Anthony Davis hoping to add to playoff resume vs. Warriors

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"As I try to think about getting back not just into game shape, my normal minutes I usually play, but on top of that we're talking about the playoffs, the second round". For the Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins' season is over with an Achilles injury.

The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six Saturday games.

If Steph Curry is in fact healthy for Game 1, the scouting report for the Warriors changes dramatically.

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The Warriors can cover the spread by keying defensively on the one player who can singlehandedly steal a game from them: Anthony Davis.

CROSS-MATCH CHESS: Small forwards will guard centers, point guards will defend forwards and it's conceivable that Draymond Green, over the course of the game, will guard five different Pelicans. He pointed out that the Spurs utilized a slow tempo and the Warriors would tone down their pace without Stephen Curry. The problem is that Davis' many skills allow him to take advantage of the height difference. "If you're playing against this team and it's not the first round then you've done pretty good I think". They still have a long way to go before reaching the same plane as squads like Golden State, but a competitive series could prove that they might not be that far off.

Even without Curry, though, the Warriors have had little problem taking care of San Antonio, but their offense has been noticeable down in these playoffs. "New Orleans has nobody with the size or quickness to guard Durant, who's listed at 6'9" but says he is actually a seven-footer. However, coach Alvin Gentry looks forward to the matchup. It's been easy to assume the Dubs will cakewalk to the Finals in recent years, but this Pelicans team poses one of the biggest threats they have ever faced.

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With two essentially unstoppable forces on both teams in Davis and Durant, this series will come down to backcourt play. Thompson put up 22.3 points per game and shot 52.9 percent from the field, while Green almost averaged a triple-double with 11.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and eight assists per game. Davis is the highest scorer this postseason and Holiday was a two-way nightmare in outplaying Portland's Damian Lillard. Holiday and "Playoff Rondo" will match up with Klay Thompson and Curry when he returns.

Though Golden State has more firepower with four All-Stars on their team, New Orléans has talent on its roster as well.

The Pelicans enter Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal against the Warriors on Saturday believing they can knock off the defending National Basketball Association champions and win the series.

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