Playoff Tune-In Tidbits: Saturday, April 28 2018
Game 7: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics, 8:00 ET, TNT (Series Tied 3-3)
Khris Middleton ranks 5th in points scored on pull-up shots (10.0 per game) during the playoffs. Among players with at least 30 pull-up attempts this postseason, Middleton has the best shooting percentage from the field (56.5%) and from beyond the arc (72.7%).
Malcolm Brogdon has had the most success in slowing down Boston’s leading scorer Jaylen Brown. Brown has scored 37 points on 37.5 FG% and 31.3 3P% in 180 possessions against Brogdon (.206 points per possession). Against all other Bucks defenders, Brown has scored 85 points on 55.7 FG% and 46.2 3P% in 250 possessions (.340 points per possession)
Marcus Morris has held Jabari Parker to 9 points on 3-15 shooting (0-7 3P) in 113 possessions in this series.
Game 6 was the first time the team that won the first quarter did not go on to win the game. It was also the most tightly contested first quarter in the series (Bucks 24, Celtics 22). In the first five games teams won the first quarter by 12, 11, 15, 7 and 8 points – an averaging margin of 10.6 points.
This series has featured the most minutes of clutch play – game within five points in final five minutes – of any first round matchup. In 16 clutch minutes, the Celtics hold a six-point edge. Both teams have shot 50 percent or better from the field, but Boston holds a decisive advantage at the free throw line with the Celtics getting twice as many attempts (26-13) and shooting a higher percentage.
In their Game 6 win, the Bucks outscored the Celtics 25-4 on fast break points. In this series, the Bucks are averaging 17.3 fast break points in their three wins, compared to 14.3 in their three losses.
Game 1: New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 ET, TNT
In three regular season meetings, Draymond Green defended Anthony Davis for 119 possessions. Davis scored 37 points (5.1 fewer than his average scoring rate per 100 possessions) on 15-29 (51.7%) shooting from the field and 2-4 from beyond the arc while being defended by Green.
Anthony Davis averaged 33.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.3 blocks in three games against the Warriors in the regular season. He shot 59.7% from the field and 42.9% from 3-point range. It was his 4th-highest scoring average against a Western Conference opponent and 2nd-highest among West playoff teams.
Despite a six-inch height disadvantage, Jrue Holiday defended Kevin Durant more than any other New Orleans defender during the regular season. In 74 possessions, Durant scored 23 points (5.4 fewer than his average scoring rate per 100 possessions) on 10-21 (47.6%) shooting from the field and 1-5 (20%) from beyond the arc. Durant had 4 assists and 4 turnovers against Holiday.
In their four-game sweep of Portland, the Pelicans averaged a playoff-best 54.0 points in the paint (a category they also led in the regular season, 52.4 per game). In their first-round series, the Warriors held the Spurs to just 38.8 points in the paint per game. However, during the regular season they allowed the sixth-highest average at 47.4 per game.
During the regular season, Klay Thompson averaged 24.3 points on 56.9% shooting from the field and 60% shooting from beyond the arc in four games against the Pelicans. It was Thompson’s 4th-highest scoring average and 2nd-highest 3-point percentage against any opponent this season.
The first three matchups between these teams during the regular season featured a healthy Stephen Curry and DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is out for the playoffs with a torn Achilles and Curry is listed as questionable for Game 1 as he continues to recover from a sprained MCL. In their only meeting without the two All-Stars, New Orleans got their only win over the Warriors this season – a 126-120 victory that featured a 34-point performance from Anthony Davis overcoming a 41-point effort from Kevin Durant.