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Matchups in the first round of Western Conference playoffs
Matchups in the first round of Western Conference playoffs

NBA WEST CAPSULES 1.GOLDEN STATE 67-15 (Home: 39-2; Road: 28-13) 8. NEW ORLEANS 45-37 (Home: 28-13; Road: 17-24) Season series: Golden State, 3-1. Key stat: The Warriors' high-octane offense averaged an NBA-best 110 points per game and gets all the attention, but they actually played some defense too, holding opponents to a league-low 42.8% field-goal shooting percentage. Outlook: Fans can't wait to see Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson go crazy raining down three-pointers. But check out how the Warriors move and share the basketball. They led the league in assists, averaging 27.4 per game. And the nation finally will get a closer look at the Pelicans' young...

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