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(20-22) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (20-21)
Date: Saturday January 12
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wolves -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 234.5
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New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have won three games in a row, including two games and 273 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Context does matter.
The win in-between the two Cleveland games was a home triumph over the Grizzlies. Anthony Davis dropped 38 points in 37 minutes against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. He added thirteen rebounds and seven assists. He may just pass Chris Paul for the most franchise Win Shares this season, if he stays healthy.
Jrue Holiday has stayed healthy, which has been so important for New Orleans in the last couple seasons, but his career year hasn’t transformed the Pelicans into a top tier team in the West.
Holiday really ought to be an All-Star this season. His Effective Field Goal Percentage is nearly 53 and above 50 percent for the third year running. He’s getting over 20 per game with 8.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds.
E’Twaun Moore missed the Cleveland game with a leg injury. Nikola Mirotic is back and now Moore is out. New Orleans can’t seem to stay healthy all at once, though Moore could be back as soon as this game.
The Timberwolves host Dallas the night before this game so while it is a back-to-back, both games are at home, which often helps the team playing the two games in two nights, depending on how the first game goes.
In Ryan Saunders’ first game as the Head Coach, Minnesota played a little faster and Andrew Wiggins was way more aggressive in scoring 40 points. Saunders also says he wants to use a longer rotation, once Robert Covington and Derrick Rose come back.
The markets are going to adjust with a slightly higher total for the Timberwolves’ games, at least right now immediately after the change. But will it be an overreaction? It’s really easy to think that just because a team or a player plays one way in the first game under a new coach, that it will continue.
We’ll see if that’s the case when the Timberwolves play the Mavericks on Friday night. Hopefully at least some more fans come out to see it. The Wolves rank 29th out of 30 NBA teams in terms of home attendance.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 11-1 in MIN last 12 overall.
- Over is 8-3 in MIN last 11 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Over is 7-3 in MIN last 10 Sat. games.
- Over is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction: Pelicans prevail.
The Pelicans want to compete in the West, which means winning games like these. They’re getting healthier so I’m giving them the check mark in a tough game to call.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: New Orleans 116 – Minnesota 110
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