Anthony Davis not satisfied with just another trip to playoffs

Portland will play New Orleans in the first round of the NBA playoffs regardless of Wednesday's outcome against Utah

Trailing by three points with just nine seconds to go, the Blazers produced a terrific inbound play underneath the Pelicans basket as Evan Turner found Pat Connaughton wide-open for a layup attempt. Davis was the centerpiece of the 2012 National Championship team.

The New Orleans Pelicans reeled off five straight wins to cap off the regular season and stayed hot with a 97-95 win over the Trailblazers in Game 1 on Saturday.

Golden State swept the Spurs in the Western Conference finals a year ago.

Davis, a five-time NBA All-Star, had arguably his best season as a pro. With his team struggling to keep pace with the Pelicans, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pulled his regulars early in the fourth quarter, limiting all of his key players to fewer than 30 minutes on the court.

Anthony Davis, especially after this season, has elevated his status to that of a top 5 National Basketball Association player. Both teams have already clinched playoff berths.

The New Orleans Pelicans rolled into the playoffs by winning their fifth consecutive game, defeating the San Antonio Spurs, 122-98, on Wednesday night in the Smoothie King Center.

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The San Antonio Spurs and host New Orleans Pelicans have both clinched a playoff berth, but will be vying for seeding in tonight's game. Don't forget, Boogie was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while playing alongside The Brow. That was also before Cousins joined forces with AD. The over is 4-0 in the last four Spurs road games.

Davis scored four points as New Orleans quickly increased its 18-point halftime lead to 69-46.

This is the toughest first-round matchup to pick in either conference, but let's take the team with the best player (Davis) and an underrated supporting cast that's coming into its own at the right time. With the exception of maybe Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid, no big man can go toe-to-toe with AD. When Chris Paul played in New Orleans, the club won 56 games in 2007-08 and 49 in 2008-09.

The Pelicans should feel good about this win.

With Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson still in the lineup, the Warriors will be heavy favorites to win their opening postseason series, though the exact odds will depend on their opponent.

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