Timberwolves vs Pelicans Preview
|New Orleans Pelicans||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|14-15||January 01, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center||15-16|
Minnesota will look to improve on its 15-16 record on Wednesday when they host New Orleans in NBA odds action at Target Center.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Timberwolves are 15-16 so far on the season, and 17-14 ATS vs. the number. The Pelicans, meanwhile, are 14-15 and 13-14-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 15-16 and the Pelicans go 17-12 on the totals.
View New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Timberwolves installed as -6.5-point Favorite in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 212.5.
The Timberwolves - Pelicans odds would favor the Timberwolves if the lines were set according to power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 4 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Pelicans sit at No. 12. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 99-96 win for the Timberwolves.
New Orleans was a 110-108 winner in its last match at home against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 218 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Pelicans got a 31-point performance from Jrue Holiday as New Orleans handed Portland a 110-108 defeat on Monday at New Orleans Arena.
The Timberwolves were a 100-98 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of UNDER bettors. Kevin Love was dynamite, scoring 36 points and adding 11 rebounds but Dallas still won, 100-98, over Minnesota on Monday at Target Center.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 3-rated squad against New Orleans's No. 11-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 12 in the league with 7.87 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 24 with 6.72 per outing.
New Orleans at Boston, Friday, January 3rd
Minnesota home to Seattle, Saturday, January 4th