NBA Playoff Odds: Warriors New Betting Favorites Followed by Rockets and 76ers

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The Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is expected to play in Game 2 against New Orleans Pelicans, according to coach Steve Kerr. He probably could have played in Game 1, and he admitted he was disappointed he did not get the green light. On Sunday, Curry scrimmaged with some of the reserves before the Warriors brass and medical staff determined he is ready for game action again.

That's certainly not good news for the Pelicans, as the last three times Curry returned from an injury this season he scored 38, 24 and 29 points in an average of 28.3 minutes in his first game back.

"When you've been out five weeks and you want to play in the playoffs, I don't think one scrimmage is enough".

They defeated the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the opening round of the playoffs and already have a 1-0 lead over New Orleans. "If there's a minutes restriction, maybe we would consider bringing him off the bench for timing purposes, but at this point it's hard to say". The Warriors breezed through the first round easily and have come out even stronger in the conference semifinals against the Pelicans.

Given how easily the Warriors won that game without Curry, did they consider postponing his return until Game 3 or later, and giving him extra time to rest and strengthen his knee?

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"I feel like he's in a pretty good place to come back right now", Kerr said. However, if Golden State is to maintain its status as the odds-on favorite to repeat as champs they will undoubtedly need Curry to be at full strength. It is more than him contesting Davis one-on-one defensively, it is Green's ability to help and recover on that side of the court that has Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry trying to formulate wrinkles within their re-jiggered offense. "We can slow it down and we understand to win games we'll have to execute and maybe win some grind-out games, that's just part of playoff basketball, but everybody loves to run".

When he returns to the lineup on Tuesday night, it will be just the latest example of the rich getting richer and the Warriors doing their best to win their third NBA Championship in the past four years.

The Warriors are 21-2 in the playoffs since Kevin Durant joined the team a year ago. "The other guys stayed home and took the day off".

The Warriors are officially listing Curry as probable.