Looking to win big? The Timberwolves and Pelicans face off at 7:00 ET on BSNO. The Pelicans are hosting the game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. The Timberwolves are the favored team in this Western conference contest against the Pelicans. The game’s over/under currently sits at 221 points.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5
This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 7:00 ET on Saturday, November 18th.
WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 110-108 in favor of the Timberwolves.
- Our projections have Anthony Edwards finishing with Anthony Edwards points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Timberwolves finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.9% and knocking down 12 threes.
Will Minnesota Pull Through as the Favored Road Team?
In today’s game against the Pelicans, the Timberwolves aim to continue their success with a record above .500, currently at 8-3. At the moment, the team holds 3rd place in the Western Conference and 2nd place in the Northwest division.
Against the spread, Minnesota are currently above .500, at 6-4 ATS. Minnesota has covered the spread in five straight home games and are 5-0 ATS at home compared to 1-4 on the road.
The Timberwolves offense is coming off a game where they scored 115 points against the Suns. They posted a field goal percentage of 45.7% and connected on 5 threes. Coming into the game, the Timberwolves offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 35%. On average, they get up 30.2 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 18.1 made free-throws.
So far, the Timberwolves’ defense is ranked 2nd in the league at 105.6 points per contest.
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.
Can the New Orleans Offense Score Enough at Home?
Coming into today’s matchup, the Pelicans will be looking to build on their current two game winning streak and their overall record is currently 6-6. The Pelicans have a 2-3 record on the road this season, compared to their 4-3 record when playing at home.
The Pelicans have covered the spread successfully in their previous two games and maintain an overall ATS record of 6-6. New Orleans has struggled to cover the spread in their last three road games and has an ATS record of 2-3 on the road, while it is 4-3 at home.
In their previous game, the Pelicans’ offense finished with 115 points, which is right in line with their current average of 111.4 points per contest. Offensively, the Pelicans have a season long field goal percentage of 46%, which is 19th in the league In terms of three-pointers, they are 13th in percentage and 19th in three-pointers made.
Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans’ defense is giving up an average of 115.2 points per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Pelicans squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 57.6% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 31.3% from downtown.