Before their opening-round series against Portland, not one ESPN NBA analyst picked the New Orleans Pelicans to win the series.
All 22 predictions favored the Trail Blazers. Every. Single. One.
Every. Single. One.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) April 21, 2018
The Pelicans went on to not only beat the Trail Blazers, but destroyed them in a four-game sweep, proving everyone wrong in the process.
Despite shutting down two elite guards in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, it apparently didn’t do anything to change their thoughts on New Orleans going forward.
ESPN released their latest predictions, and once again, not a single analyst chose the Pelicans to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the second round.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) April 28, 2018
Obviously the Warriors are in a league of their own, and with Stephen Curry on his way back, they should be the favorites to not only come out of the West, but to win it all.
But some of these guys had Golden State winning in dominant fashion. Five games? Come on Kevin Arnovitz, Amin Elhassan, Nick Friedell, Chris Haynes, and Kevin Pelton. At least Michael Wright had it going to seven.
After averaging a Western Conference postseason-best 33 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game in round one, Anthony Davis has something to say about that.
Prove them wrong again, Pelicans.