Power Ranking the NBA Playoff Teams

15. New Orleans Pelicans (36-46)

First Round Matchup: vs. San Antonio Spurs (play-in)

The game versus San Antonio — to eventually play the loser of Minnesota/Los Angeles — won’t be a easy one. The Spurs are young, but boast a lot of young, exciting talent. In a game of this magnitude, New Orleans will undoubtedly lean on midseason acquisition C.J. McCollum. He is the primary scoring threat next to Brandon Ingram, and is one of the few guys with extensive postseason experience. If Ingram can’t go (sore hamstring), the Pels will be in some major trouble.

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