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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/7/14

Minnesota Timberwolves (24-25) at New Orleans Pelicans (21-27)

NBA Basketball: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm (New Orleans Arena)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves head to New Orleans on Friday to face off against the Pelicans.

The New Orleans Pelicans are right at the .500 mark at home this season, going 12-12, and overall the Pelicans are 21-27.  New Orleans unfortunately is in one of the tougher divisions in the NBA, and are in fifth place in the Southwest division right now, trailing the Spurs by 14.5 games.  The Pelicans have won two out of their last three games heading into this one, with their latest win coming on Wednesday when they defeated the Atlanta Hawks in New Orleans 105-100.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/7/14

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently just below the .500 mark on the season, going 24-25 overall on the year.  The Timberwolves currently have the third ranked scoring offense in the league, averaging an impressive 105.8 points per game.  The key to their offense, besides of course having Kevin Love average better than 25 points per game, is their board play and ball movement.  Currently the Timberwolves are third in the league in rebounds per game, and sixth in the league in assists.  Minnesota has struggled a bit lately, as Minnesota has dropped two out of their last three games, including a loss last time out, falling to the Thunder in OKC on Wednesday 106-97.

Minnesota is 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games following a loss, and the Timberwolves are 11-5 against the spread in their last 16 games on Fridays. 

The Pelicans are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following a team with a losing record, and the Pelicans are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games when playing on just one day of rest.

I have to take the Pelicans here.  New Orleans is playing well this season, and getting nearly even odds on their home floor looks like the side to be on.

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New Orleans -1

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