New Orleans completes shocking sweep

22 April 2018 15:14:21 EST

There is no surprise that there was an upset in the Western Conference first round of the playoffs after six of the teams finished within two games of each other in the final standings.

However no one could have foreseen the four-game thrashing the New Orleans Pelicans put on the Portland Trail Blazers.

New Orleans finished off a four game sweep on Saturday afternoon 131-123 at the Smoothie King Center.

Leading the way for the Pelicans was Anthony Davis, as the 25-year old power forward from Chicago, Illinois had a game high 47 points while pulling down 11 rebounds and dishing out an assist for a double-double for the contest.

Davis has been a monster during the first round series and appears to have stepped up to another level.

Davis had a tag team partner, as Jrue Holiday scored 41 points while grabbing three rebounds and passing out eight assists for the game.

The duo is the first pair since LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to score 40 points each in a playoff contest.

It was another disappointing end to a season for Portland who have struggled in the playoffs in recent memory, with the visitors from Oregon on a ten-game playoff losing streak.

All five starters were in double figures, but the Trail Blazers need to improve the overall depth of the team.

New Orleans will have at least 6 days off before they play next.

The Pelicans will take on the winner of the Golden State Warriors versus the San Antonio Spurs, with the defending NBA champions from the Bay Area currently up 3-0 in the series.  

New Orleans are 125/1 to win the Western Conference. Golden State are 10/19 while Houston are 29/20.

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