The Pelicans became the first team to advance to the second round of the 2018 playoffs thanks to their surprising sweep of the Blazers. When does the Pelicans next playoff series start? The Pelicans will face the winner of the No. 2 Golden State Warriors and No. 7 San Antonio Spurs series. The second round series is expected to start either Saturday, April 29 or Sunday, April 30. Sports Media Watch reported the second round of the NBA playoffs are scheduled to start Monday, April 29, but could be moved up to April 28 or 29.
Some have speculated that the Warriors failing to sweep the Spurs has pushed back the start of the second round series. This is not the case as the Warriors-Spurs series would have to go seven games to push the second round series with the Pelicans back. The second round dates have a range that are set in advance based on television slots.
Sports Talk 790’s Ben DuBose clarified some of the misconceptions by mapping out the potential timeline.
“P.S. Steph Curry isn’t getting extra time to rest unless the Round 1 series goes 7 games (and it won’t). Even if Pelicans and Warriors each sweep, the earliest Round 2 would start is next weekend, when other series would be at Game 7. No scenario where Round 2 starts this week,” DuBose tweeted.
RealGM’s Danny Leroux also reported the Pelicans series would only be pushed back if the Warriors-Spurs series went seven games.
“Since I have seen some confusion on this point: Warriors/Spurs would need to go at least six games to delay the start of a potential Warriors/Pelicans second round series,” Leroux tweeted.
It would take a remarkable turnaround by the Spurs to advance to the second round. How did the Pelicans match up against the Warriors during the regular season? Golden State took three of four games, but the Pelicans did win their last matchup earlier this month. The Pelicans came away with a 126-120 victory despite Kevin Durant dropping 41 points and 10 rebounds. New Orleans had three players score 25 or more points in the contest. Anthony Davis scored 34 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots in the win. Nikola Mirotic had 28 points, while Jrue Holiday contributed 25 points.
Source: Heavy Sports