New Orleans Pelicans (19-18) at Minnesota Timberwolves (24-16)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -2 -- Over/Under: 218 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in NBA action at the Target Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111.1 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 26 points and 12.5 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.9 points and 10.4 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won their last three road games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.8 points and 4.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.1 points and 11.5 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.3 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won their last three home games.
The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 home games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the end of a back to back, but they're playing more consistent and better basketball as of late. Minnesota also couldn't make anything in its Friday loss to the Boston Celtics, something that should change at home. The Pelicans are playing solid in their own right and have had success both SU and ATS on the road, but you're starting to see signs of these Timberwolves coming together finally. At home and with a small line, I can't pass it up.