Last night, the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, securing their spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. Who they’ll face still remains in question.
Last night, the New Orleans Pelicans became one of three NBA teams to punch their ticket to the Western Conference Playoffs. The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs both got wins, placing their name in the playoff hat for 2018.
The New Orleans Pelicans haven’t seen the Playoffs since the 2015 season. They were swept by Golden State, and that book was quickly closed. This season, the Pelicans have a chance to make some noise and possibly get out of the first-round.
No one expected the Pelicans to be here following the injury to DeMarcus Cousins. However, Anthony Davis is averaging an NBA best 30.4 PPG. Davis and the Pelicans have collectively fought to propel their season and force their way into the playoffs.
However, there is still unfinished business this season. The Pelicans can celebrate the fact they’re in the playoffs by taking Wednesday night off or they can remain focused on keeping the fifth seed.
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As of now, the Pelicans are on a collision course with the 4th seeded Utah Jazz. However, a loss Wednesday could move the Pelicans to the sixth seed.
Tomorrow’s regular-season finale is just as important as the last two games. The Pelicans must be locked-in and focused on getting a win against San Antonio. This will be the final home game for the Pelicans this season.
Utah has two games remaining on the schedule. Tonight, they’ll face the Golden State Warriors for the final regular season home game. Tomorrow they’ll face Portland in PDX.
If Utah losses their next two games and New Orleans wins tomorrow in San Antonio, the Pelicans can have home-court advantage throughout the first-round.
However, If Utah wins one of the two, they’ll have home court because they own the tie-breaker with a 3-1 season series advantage over New Orleans.
New Orleans could be matched with a handful of teams including Portland or Utah. Wednesday’s regular-season finale will write the final script for the Playoffs.