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New Orleans HornetsMinnesota Timberwolves
March 17, 7:00 PM | Target Center

New Orleans Hornets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

22-44TEAM RECORD22-41

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Sunday when the Timberwolves try to run the Hornets off the court at Target Center in pro hoops action.

The Timberwolves sport records of 22-41 and 28-34-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Hornets sit at 22-44 and 33-33 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 29-33-1 for the Timberwolves and 36-30 for the Hornets. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Timberwolves installed as 2-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 186.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Timberwolves at No. 23 and the Hornets at No. 25 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 95-93 result in favor of the Timberwolves.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 20-ranked offense (94.6 PPG) against a Hornets defense that ranks No. 15 at 98 PPG. The Timberwolves have averaged 43.4% from the field per game, less than the Hornets have managed so far this season (45.2% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Hornets own the league's No. 16-rated mark, allowing 100.7 points per game when playing on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 25 in scoring on their home court.

In their last action, New Orleans was a 96-87 loser on the road against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (183) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Eric Gordon scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Hornets to victory (they lost 96-87 to Washington at Verizon Center on Friday).

Minnesota was a 108-100 loser in its last match on the road against the Rockets. They covered the 14.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 208 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Timberwolves endured a 108-100 loss at the hands of the Rockets on Friday, despite a 19-point effort from Derrick Williams at Toyota Center.

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Golden State are 5-5
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few Hornets at Timberwolves trends to consider:
New Orleans is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of New Orleans's last 14 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Minnesota's last 14 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against New Orleans

Next up:
New Orleans home to Golden State, Monday, March 18
Minnesota at Memphis, Monday, March 18