Pelicans vs. Timberwolves - 2/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (18-40) at New Orleans Pelicans (23-34)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -4 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSN
The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday at the Smoothie King Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 100.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.8 points and 1.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 17.3 points and 10.2 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.2 assists and Shabazz Muhammad is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.
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The New Orleans Pelicans look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24 points and 10.3 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is dishing 5.7 assists and Norris Cole is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won nine of their last 12 home games.
The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest. The Timberwolves are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Pelicans are simply the better team here and need to keep winning to have any shot of sneaking into the playoffs. The Timberwolves continue to tank away. New Orleans covers this number easily.