New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game Information
New Orleans Pelicans (5-9) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-11)
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Target Center
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports North
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Pelicans -278 / Timberwolves +220) (Current: Pelicans -330 / Timberwolves +265)
Spread: (Open: Pelicans -6.5) (Current: Pelicans -8)
Total: (Open: 221.5) (Current: 220)
NBA Championship Odds: Pelicans +2200 / Timberwolves +5500
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves News and Notes
No players are listed on the Pelicans injury report.
As for the Timberwolves, only Karl Anthony Towns is listed on their injury report.
- The total is 8-1 to the over in the Pelicans’ last nine games.
- The total is 5-0 to the over in the Pelicans’ last five games following an ATS loss.
- The total is 4-0 to the over in the Pelicans’ last four games as a favorite.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions and Picks
The Pelicans’ total trend has been to play their games over, and I don’t see any reason why that should end tonight. They’ll be playing a Timberwolves team that offers very little in terms of resistance at the defensive end.
Per TeamRankings, Minnesota is ranked 28th in defensive efficiency, and in terms of pace, they’re ranked seventh with 105.2 possessions per game. I particularly like that the Timberwolves almost have their full team available, except for Karl-Anthony Towns. Minnesota has had multiple players on the injury report for the last 10 games or so.
As for the Pelicans, it seems that oddsmakers have decided to profile the Pelicans as an under team, at least for the time being. While that theory may hold later on in the season, right now, their totals keep coming in over the posted number.
The Pelicans perimeter defense is non-existent.
Not only do they allow the most three-pointers made per game (16.2), but opponents are aware of how poor they are at guarding the three-point shot, that they attempt more shots beyond the arc (42.4) against the Pelicans than against any other team in the league.
It’s not impossible that the books could’ve overlooked this logic, so let’s continue to ride this trend until proven otherwise.
The Pick: Over 220