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2023 NBA Handicapping – Timberwolves vs. New Orleans
(24-25) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-22)
Date: Wednesday, January 25th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Moneyline Odds: Timberwolves +115 | Pelicans -130 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Timberwolves +2 | Pelicans -2
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 231.5
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First thing to remember, the road Timberwolves come into this one off a 119-114 road loss to the Houston Rockets. Also, they entered that one as 6-point favorites and failed to cover for the first time in four outings and the second time in five outings.
The home Pelicans come into this one off a 99-98 home loss to the Denver Nuggets. They entered that one as 3-point underdogs and covered for the second time in as many outings but also just the second time in five games.
The Timberwolves are 22-27 overall against the spread on the season. Also, they are 9-14 ATS as the away team and 6-4 ATS in their last 10.
Additionally, the Pelicans are 24-24 against the spread on the season. Also, they are 14-10 ATS as the home team and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 overall.
So far, these two teams have faced off once during the 2022-23 regular season:
- Wednesday, December 28 @ New Orleans: Pelicans 119 – Timberwolves 118
Sunday marks the second of three meetings during the regular season.
These two teams don’t face off again until the final game of the 2022-23 campaign, Sunday, April 9.
*Editor’s note: Statistics and rankings are current during games Tuesday night, January 24. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Wednesday, January 25.
Overall, the Timberwolves enter this one scoring 115.3 points per game—a number that ranks 11th in the league.
When looking at the advanced stats, the Timberwolves score 111.2 points per 100 possessions. That number puts them in the 15th spot so far this season, which ties with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Overall, defensively, this team is allowing 115.6 points per game. That number ranks 20th in the Association.
When looking at Defensive Efficiency, this group gives up 110.9 per 100 possessions—a number that also ranks 13th across the league.
To summarize the injury report…
- Rudy Gobert, C (Day-to-Day)
- Taurean Prince, PF (OUT—ankle)
- Karl-Anthony Town, C (OUT—calf)
- Jordan McLaughlin, PG (OUT—calf)
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans enter this one scoring 116 points per game—a number that ranks 9th across the NBA.
Also, when looking at the advanced stats, the Pelicans score 111.7 points per 100 possessions. That number puts them in the No. 12 spot so far this season.
Defensively, this team is allowing 113.4 points per game. That number ranks 16th in the Association.
When looking at Defensive Efficiency, this group gives up 109.3 per 100 possessions. That number ranks 7th.
To summarize the injury report…
- Dyson Daniels, G (Day-to-Day—ankle)
- Naji Masshall, SF (OUT—toe)
- Brandon Ingram, SF (OUT—toe)
- Zion Williamson, PF (OUT—hamstring)
- E.J. Liddell, F (OUT—knee)
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends:
- First, Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Conversely, Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning record straight up
- Over is 15-3 in the last 18 meetings between Timberwolves and Pelicans in New Orleans
- Also, Over is 7-3 in Pelicans last 10 home games
- Finally, Over is 6-2 in Timberwolves last 8 road games
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Timberwolves are coming off a tough loss to the Houston Rockets on the road, but they’ve won two of their last three straight up, and they’ve also won 8 of their last 12 overall straight up.
Pelicans May Be Better…But Momentum Matters
On the other hand, the Pelicans looked like a Western Conference favorite for much of the early part of the 2022-23 season, but injuries have crept up (in a not-so-sneaky fashion) to derail those thoughts at this point in the year.
Entering Wednesday, the Pelicans have lost five in a row straight up and 10 of their last 13.
Things aren’t looking up for the Pels just yet.
With all that in mind, the pick is Minnesota both against the spread and straight up as road underdogs against New Orleans.
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