Ted Lewis

Pelicans vs. Warriors

Call it wishful thinking for the home team if you like. But any team with Anthony Davis has a puncher’s chance and some of the matchups work in the Pelicans’ favor to see this drawn out until the end.

Warriors 4, Pelicans 3

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Eastern Conference Finals: Cleveland vs. Atlanta

Western Conference Finals: Houston vs. Golden State

The Finals: Cleveland vs. Houston

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LeBron didn’t return to his hometown to lose in the Finals again. James Harden, motivated by losing the MVP to Stephen Curry, will help the Rockets stretch it out to seven games.

Rod Walker

Pelicans vs. Warriors

Casual fans across the country will finally get to see how good Anthony Davis is. A five-game series is likely, but efforts like the one against the Spurs could push the series to six.

Warriors 4, Pelicans 2

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I have the Spurs in the Finals, but I’m not even sure they get past the Clippers in first-round play. LeBron and Co. should be well-rested by the time the teams slug their way through the rugged West. The city of Cleveland finally gets something to celebrate.

Scott Rabalais

Pelicans vs. Warriors

The Pelicans’ clutch play late and Warriors’ lack of playoff experience bodes well for N.O. Plus, after a long season, give me a team that relies on its post game over a jump shooter.

Warriors 4, Pelicans 2

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Western Conference Finals: San Antonio vs. Golden State

The Finals: San Antonio vs. Chicago

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Yes, they have to fight out as the No. 6 seed in the rocky West. And yes, you could hear their bones creaking in the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night. But you believe Popovich and his crew have something up their shooting sleeves — don’t you?