The New Orleans Pelicans were certainly the story of All-Star weekend, and not just because they hosted the event and Anthony Davis went off for a record 52 points in last night’s defensively-challenged display. The Pelicans made the league’s big move off the court as well, acquiring Demarcus Cousins from Sacramento in exchange for a modest package highlighted by rookie shooter Buddy Hield. Talk in the media was alive this morning that the Pelicans are on their way to the playoffs and even that Golden State needs to be concerned about a potential 1 vs. 8 matchup in the first round.I won’t engage the final point, which is more than a little silly—a healthy Warriors team is clearly not going to lose a best-of-seven series to the Pelicans or even come close to it. But the sentiment behind the enthusiasm is worthy of discussion—namely, will this New Orleans team turn into a moneymaker now that Cousins is on board? Will they improve on their 27-29-21 ATS mark? Will they make up the 2½ game margin currently between them and the Western Conference’s final playoff berth. And could they be the kind of feisty 8-seed that manages to pull off one outright win and a couple other close ATS covers, thereby becoming profitable in the playoffs?