1. Fast start
With it being the first home playoff game in four years, the Smoothie King Center should be Oracle Arena South on Thursday night. A fast start like the one the Pelicans had against San Antonio in the regular-season finale would get the crowd going and make it a true homecourt advantage for the Pelicans.
2. Crash the boards
The Pelicans have been outrebounded in both games. (47-44 in Game 1 and 49-42 in Game 2). The Warriors had 14 offensive rebounds in Game 2. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson don’t miss much, so when they do, you better get the rebound and not give them a second chance.
3. Who’s going to step up?
Eric Gordon had 23 points in Game 2 to complement Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. But the Pelicans need to get big production from Ryan Anderson, Quincy Pondexter or someone else to outscore a Warriors team with a defense that often gets overshadowed by its offense.