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Warriors vs. Pelicans: Five First Round Predictions

Taking a glance at various national media outlets and how they think the Warriors-Pelicans first round series will end.

Most media outlets are picking the Warriors to sail past the upset-minded Pelicans.
Most media outlets are picking the Warriors to sail past the upset-minded Pelicans.
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We here at Golden State of Mind all know the greatness of the Warriors. They were one of the very best teams OF ALL TIME (Kanye voice) in 2014-15, going 67-15 and destroying everyone in the regular season. Stephen Curry and the Warriors are primed for a deep playoff run.

The Pelicans, on the other hand, just made it into the playoffs, needing to win on the last day of the season to clinch the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Led by the indescribable Anthony Davis, New Orleans went 8-3 over its past 11 games to make the playoffs. They're on a hot streak, they're young, and they're led by a superstar making his first appearance on the NBA's biggest stage.

Let's go through five media outlets to see the various opinions of how this first round will end.

1. The four main SB Nation writers -- Mike Prada, Tom Ziller, Paul Flannery, and Ricky O'Donnell -- said that the Warriors would be victorious in five games. For what it's worth: Flannery and Ziller said GSW in five, Prada said Dubs in six, and O'Donnell called a Warriors sweep.

2. Eric Freeman of Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie blog also predicted a Warriors victory in five games.

3. Benjamin Hoffman of The New York Times opined the Warriors would win in six games.

4. In his analysis, Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley wrote that the Warriors would advance in five games.

5. ESPN's Amin Elhassan and Bradford Doolittle both predicted a Golden State sweep. (Also, a large panel of ESPN NBA writers all believed the Warriors would win quickly, with all but one picking Golden State to sweep or win in five games. Ironically, Ethan Strauss, probably the most Warriors-focused writer of that panel, was the only ESPNer to pick the Dubs in six games.)

There you have it, folks. Everyone is picking the Warriors to advance quickly. What do you think?

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