The Golden State Warriors had the best record in the NBA entering the playoffs, sitting pretty at 67-15 (82% win pct), and they are the first team to advance to the second round, with a four-game sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans.

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It’s not like the Pelicans did not play well, the collapse in game-three is noted, 20 point lead in the fourth quarter, only to lose by four points at home; but they hung in with the top team in the NBA for much of the series. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson could not be stopped at any point throughout the four games. Curry scored 34 points, 22 points, 40 points, and 39 points in each of the first four games, respectively. His “Splash Brother” tossed in 21 points, 26 points, 28 points, and 25 points in those contests as well.

Simply put, they could not be stopped.

The Pelicans on the other hand, will be headed home, but they should hold their heads high. Anthony Davis played MVP caliber ball all year, as well as in the playoffs where he did not score less than 26 points (game two) the entire series. New Orleans will be a playoff contender for years to come with Davis at the helm.

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The Warriors will get a much-needed rest as the rest of the series play-out in the West. Forward David Lee did not play at all in the first series due to a back injury (he was dressed for game four) and should be able to give Steve Kerr some valuable minutes off the bench in round two.

The Western Conference is still undecided so we do not know who the Warriors will play next, but if Curry and Thompson shoot the way they did in round one, a run to the NBA Finals is not out of the question. In fact, they could be considered the Western Conference favorite at this point.

What do you think? Who is the favorite to win the Western Conference?

Dan Schalk covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk

 

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