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(8-3) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans (5-6)
Date: Saturday, November 18th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LO
Moneyline NBA Odds: Wolves -170 | Pelicans +140 (Bet Now!)
NBA ATS Betting Odds: Wolves -5.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total (O/U): 223
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The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the New Orleans Pelicans for the second meeting between the clubs this season. In the initial match, the Wolves ousted New Orleans 122-101.
Minnesota has the major rest advantage last playing Wednesday in a 115-133 loss to the Suns while the Pelicans are completing a back-to-back set where they beat the visiting Nuggets 115-110 on Friday.
Last season, the teams played three times with the Wolves taking two of the three matches. New Orleans holds the all-time record having bested the Timberwolves in 37 of their 72 matches.
Arguably the biggest surprise of the early season is the Timberwolves although some pundits (raises hand) had them taking a big step this year.
Possessing the best defense in the association shouldn’t be that shocking given Rudy Gobert is a prior DPoY coupled with quality defenders Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels forming a solid trio who could each be All-Defense.
Minnesota has played a relatively difficult schedule facing mostly upper-echelon and middle-tier clubs so the high defensive rating isn’t an outlier.
Minnesota ranks 18th on offense, and first defensively with the fifth-best net rating of plus 5.8 after 11 matches.
The Wolves are riding the middle with a 6-5 record against the spread this season.
Timberwolves Injury Report
To summarize the injury report…
- Jordan McLaughlin, PG (OUT indefinitely —knee)
- Jaylen Clark, SF (downgraded to OUT —Achilles)
New Orleans Pelicans
Injuries are the story in New Orleans as several core members are sidelined. Surprisingly Zion Williamson has avoided missing substantial time (just two games so far).
That said, Williamson isn’t as efficient as expected and perhaps that’s because the Pels are missing CJ McCollum and Trey Murphy to spread the floor.
Case in point, Zion is shooting his lowest field goal percentage (51.7%) of his career.
Last year the Pelicans ranked 23rd offensively (109.8), and 18th defensively (113.2) while posting a minus 3.4 net differential which ranks 22nd overall
Similar to their win/loss performance the Pelicans are 5-5-1 against the spread this season.
Pelicans Injury Report
To summarize the injury report…
- Trey Murphy III, SF (OUT indefinitely— knee)
- CJ McCollum, SG (OUT indefinitely— lung)
- Larry Nance Jr., PF (OUT indefinitely — ribs)
- Jose Alvarado, PG (OUT indefinitely— ankle)
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Timberwolves vs. Pelicans NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the Wolves are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
- Also, the Wolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against New Orleans.
- By comparison, the Pelicans are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.
- Additionally, the Pelicans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games when hosting Minnesota.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Pels got a huge win on Friday but have the disadvantage of playing in back-to-back games albeit being at home makes it an easier transition.
Still, Minny is playing like they smell blood and through the early season are hinting they might be this season’s Kings squad and steal the second seed in the West.
With that, I like them to take this game and cover the spread.
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