The Minnesota Timberwolves (8-3) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (6-6) on Saturday, November 18th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in Smoothie King Center and televised on BSNO. The Pelicans are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Timberwolves are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nuggets. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Timberwolves vs Pelicans
The Timberwolves Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Timberwolves were defeated by the Suns in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 133-115. the Timberwolves not only lost the game outright but also fell short of covering the spread as +4 point underdogs. The over/under line entering this matchup was 223.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
Over the Timberwolves’ last five games, they are 4-1 and come in with an overall record of 8-3. At the moment, the team holds 3rd place in the Western Conference and 2nd place in the Northwest division.
Minnesota has an overall ATS record of 6-4 for the season so far. At their home court, the Timberwolves’ ATS record is perfect at 5-0, in contrast to 1-4 on the road against the spread.
The Pelicans Are Coming Off A Win
The Pelicans took down the Nuggets in their most recent game with a final score of 115-110. Heading into the second half, the Pelicans were leading 69-53.
Facing off against the Timberwolves, the Pelicans are looking to secure a winning record, with their current record sitting at 6-6. In road games, the Pelicans have a 2-3 record this season, in contrast to their 4-3 record when playing at home.
New Orleans arrives with an ATS record of 6-6 for the season up to this point. When playing on the road, the Pelicans hold an ATS record of 2-3 in contrast to a 4-3 record against the spread when playing at home.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
This season, the Minnesota offense is ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring at 112.2 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Timberwolves are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.2 per contest. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 6th%.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
This season, the New Orleans offense is ranked 19th in the NBA in scoring at 111.4 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.7 made 3’s per game. If the New Orleans offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 13.6 turnovers per game.
Timberwolves Team Defense
At this time, the Timberwolves’ defense is positioned 2nd in the NBA, permitting 105.6 points per game.
Minnesota struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Suns, giving up 16. For the game, Phoenix scored 133 points in the game.
Pelicans Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans’ defense is giving up an average of 115.2 points per contest.
New Orleans’ defense is currently forcing 13.6 turnovers per game, which is 13th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 21st in blocked shots, with an average of 4.6 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Timberwolves And Pelicans
In today’s game, our projections have Anthony Edwards leading the Timberwolves with 20 points on 8/16 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 26.3 points per game along with 5.8 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Brandon Ingram to be the top scorer for the Pelicans. Our projection has him finishing the game with 18, and he is expected to secure 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 49.4%, and his scoring average is 22.7 points per game.
Timberwolves vs Pelicans Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-1-1 vs the spread. The team averaged 111 points per game in this stretch.
- In their last three games at home, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 106 points per game in this stretch.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 2-3 and an ATS mark of 2-3.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 8-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 6-3-1.
For a point-spread wager in this Timberwolves vs. Pelicans game, we suggest taking the Pelicans at +4.5. Even though our predictions have the Timberwolves winning 110-108, we see the Pelicans as the better choice on the point-spread.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 221, and our model predicts the Timberwolves and Pelicans to score a combined 218 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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