Who will survive the first round of the NBA Playoffs: Portland or New Orleans?
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Who will survive the first round of the NBA Playoffs: Portland or New Orleans?

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The real NBA season begins with the NBA Playoffs. 16 teams will be vying for the biggest prize in basketball. In the first round, the Portland Trail Blazers face the New Orleans Pelicans. The Trail Blazers have one of the most potent backcourts in the league. However, the Pelicans have a superstar big man who dominates both ends of the court. Who advances? 🏀

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While the Rockets and Warriors have made headlines, the Trail Blazers snuck up on the rest of the Western Conference. 

With the help of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who combined to score 48.3 of the Blazers' 105.6 points, Portland is in a great position to advance to the second round. The Pelicans don't have anyone that can stop both of these players when they start getting hot. The Blazers will win this series.

Everyone thought that DeMarcus Cousins' absence would doom the Pelicans, but it only made Anthony Davis a bigger star. The former Kentucky center has been on a tear, putting New Orleans on his back to carry them to the postseason. 

Davis' 28.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and league-leading 2.6 blocks will be enough to beat the Trail Blazers. Plus, he'll have the help of Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic to advance to the next round.

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