Pelicans Still Need Help
Widely considered to be the big winners of the NBA trade deadline, the New Orleans Pelicans still have a long way to go if they want to be considered a legitimate contender in the NBA. While DeMarcus Cousins should increase the team's odds to reach the NBA Playoffs, they still have a massive way to go if they want to be one of the top five teams in the Western Conference, and therefore one of the five most likely teams to reach the NBA Finals.
Too Many Bigs
While the trade to acquire big man DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings was a splashy one, it didn't address the needs of the New Orleans Pelicans at all, and should serve as a blueprint of what not to do for teams looking to shake things up at the trade deadline. By acquiring Cousins, the Pelicans left themselves with two immensely talented big men, but still lacking at the guard positions that are so necessary to have success in a Western Conference dominated by players like Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook.
Guards like Tim Frazier have been somewhat effective for the Pelicans to this point in the season, but the team simply needs more firepower at the guard spots if they want to truly threaten the top teams in the Western Conference when the playoffs roll around. With the lack of consistent guard play for the Pelicans at this point in time, they won't be much of a threat at all come playoff time, unless something was to really change in the near future.
New Orleans Pelicans NBA Futures Betting
Right now, the New Orleans Pelicans stand little to no chance of winning the NBA Finals. The Pelicans currently sit at +10000 odds to win this year's NBA championship, which is a direct result of their complete lack of capable guards in wake of the decision to bring DeMarcus Cousins in to help complement the already strong forward Anthony Davis. While the Pelicans should have the size to defeat teams with strength on the interior, they don't stand much of a chance against the Warriors as currently constructed.
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