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Hornets vs Timberwolves Preview

Minnesota TimberwolvesNew Orleans Hornets
Dec 14, 8:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

Minnesota Timberwolves vs New Orleans Hornets Odds

10-9TEAM RECORD5-16

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Friday when the Hornets try to run the Timberwolves off the court at New Orleans Arena in pro hoops action.

This season the Hornets are 5-16 overall and 11-10 ATS against the number, while the Timberwolves are 10-9 and 11-8 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, New Orleans is 10-11 on the OU, and Minnesota is 10-9.

View Minnesota vs New Orleans Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Hornets sat as 4-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 188.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 11-rated Timberwolves taking on the No. 26-rated Hornets in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 95-88 win for the Timberwolves on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New Orleans's No. 23-rated squad against Minnesota's No. 3-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New Orleans rates No. 12 in the league with 7.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 26 with 5.6 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Timberwolves own the league's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 95.1 points per game when playing on the road. New Orleans, on the other hand, rates No. 30 in scoring on their home court.

Minnesota was a 108-105 winner in its last match at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 213 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Nikola Pekovic scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, leading Minnesota over Denver, 108-105, on Wednesday at Target Center.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 92-88 loser as they battled the Thunder on the road. The Hornets covered in the match as a 14-point underdog, while 180 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Hornets endured a 92-88 loss at the hands of the Thunder on Wednesday, despite a 16-point effort from Brian Roberts at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Dallas are 1-9
After playing Denver are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Portland are 2-8
After playing Oklahoma City are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few Timberwolves at Hornets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Orleans's last 7 games at home
New Orleans is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Dallas, Saturday, December 15
New Orleans at Portland, Sunday, December 16