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Timberwolves vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans
  • Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25th
  • Betting Odds NO -2, MIN +107 | NO -128 O/U 231.0

The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-25. So far, the team has gone 22-27-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.

In their previous game, the Timberwolves were favored to win vs the Rockets. However, their 119-114 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Going into halftime, the teams were all tied at 56, before the Pelicans went on to take control of the game in the 2nd half. In the loss, Anthony Edwards led the team in scoring with 31 points on a field goal percentage of 45.0%.

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So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 26-22, while going 24-24-0 vs the spread. Against the Timberwolves, the Pelicans are looking to break out of a 5 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -10.8 points per contest.

New Orleans will be gunning to get in the win column vs Minnesota, as they previously lost to the Nuggets by a score of 99-98. However, because they entered as 3 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Even though New Orleans made a substantial comeback in the 2nd half, it was not enough to make up for their 16 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was CJ McCollum, as he contributed 20 points while hitting 40.9% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Last year, the Timberwolves saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Pelicans, averaging 107.25 points per game. While the Timberwolves struggled on offense in the series, the Pelicans maintained their usual level of scoring at 105.0 vs Minnesota. Through the last 5 head-to-head matchups, neither team has gotten a leg up on the spread, each sitting at 2-2-1. In addition, the games have been competitive with an average of just 2 points per game separating the teams. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 216 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Timberwolves come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.3 points per game (11th). Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 8th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.

Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).

On offense, Anthony Edwards leads the Timberwolves in scoring at 24.3 points per game, placing him 23rd in the NBA. Overall, Edwards has hit 45.8% of his shots while accounting for 21.9% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 15th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 17.6 points per game, D’Angelo Russell is the 2nd leading scorer for the Timberwolves. For the season, he is 106th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.5%.

Through 48 games, New Orleans is the 9th best scoring team at 115.6 points per game. So far, New Orleans is averaging 100.5 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 54.2%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.

On defense, the Pelicans will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 13th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Pelicans 2nd leading scorer, Zion Williamson. In his 29 games, Williamson is averaging 26.0 points per game while dishing out 4.6 assists and grabbing 7.0 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of CJ McCollum, who leads the team and is 44th in the NBA at 21.1 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 42.8% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.9% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Timberwolves vs Pelicans Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves +2
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 231.0


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