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Timberwolves vs Pelicans Preview

New Orleans PelicansMinnesota Timberwolves
14-15January 01, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center15-16

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.

Next up:
New Orleans at Boston, Friday, January 3rd
Minnesota home to Seattle, Saturday, January 4th