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Pelicans Timberwolves Betting Preview

Minnesota TimberwolvesNew Orleans Pelicans
24-25February 07, 2014, 09:30 | New Orleans Arena21-27

New Orleans Arena features an NBA battle between the host New Orleans Pelicans and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves in betting action on Friday.

The Timberwolves will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 26-23 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Pelicans are 22-24-2 ATS. Minnesota is 23-24-2 against the total, while New Orleans is 24-24 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 23-rated Pelicans and the No. 6-rated Timberwolves in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 98-93 win for the Timberwolves on Friday.

The Timberwolves were a 106-97 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Thunder. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (203) made winners of OVER bettors. Minnesota suffered a 106-97 loss against Oklahoma City on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Ricky Rubio in a losing effort at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

In their last action, New Orleans was a 105-100 winner at home against the Hawks. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (205) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Atlanta was victimized for 27 points and 10 rebounds by Anthony Davis as the Pelicans defeated the Hawks 105-100 in NBA action on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 99.96 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 19 at 101.65 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.54% so far, more than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43.77% per game.

Next up:
Minnesota home to Portland, Saturday, February 8th
New Orleans at Brooklyn, Sunday, February 9th