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Liberty Ballers’ 2018 NBA Playoffs Open Thread - May 8

It’s win or go home for the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz as both teams face elimination tonight.

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

(5) Utah Jazz at (1) Houston Rockets - 8:00 PM, TNT

With both Dante Exum and Ricky Rubio on the shelf (both out with strained hamstrings), the Utah Jazz have their work cut out for them if they hope to bring this series back to Utah. Clint Capela (12 points, 15 rebounds, 6 blocks) had himself a podium game on Sunday as he went toe-to-toe with Rudy Gobert, and his dominance inside prevented the Jazz from making a late run. Houston hasn’t looked overly impressive in this series, but they’ve played well enough to earn a mid-May date with the Golden State Warriors.

(6) New Orleans Pelicans at (2) Golden State Warriors - 10:30 PM, TNT

Can the Pels stave off elimination tonight and live to see another day? For starters, they’ll need to beat a team that’s 34-5 at Oracle Arena over the past three postseasons. They’ll also need to beat a Warriors’ team that rolled out the infamous Death lineup to start Game 4 en route to a 26-point victory. Golden State held New Orleans to 36.4 percent shooting on Sunday, and a repeat performance will end this series a bit prematurely for Pelicans fans’ liking.