Minnesota Timberwolves (17-42) at New Orleans Pelicans (26-34)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -11 -- Over/Under: 247.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 112.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 26.5 points and 10.8 rebounds while D'Angelo Russell is averaging 23.7 points and 7.7 assists. Malik Beasley is the third double-digit scorer and Juan Hernangomez is dishing 1.3 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost six of their last seven road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after splitting their last six games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 116.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.6 points and 4.3 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 24.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six home games.
The Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest and 17-36-1 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The Pelicans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Timberwolves last 6 overall. The over is 20-8 in Pelicans last 28 overall. The Timberwolves are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a team we've faded all season long, and there's no reason to back down now given that they're losing their last five games by an average of 11.2 points while allowing 52.5 percent shooting from the field. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 20-37-2 against the spread on the season. The New Orleans Pelicans are playing their best ball of the season as they hope to sneak into the playoff race, and they're 6-1 against the spread this season when favored by five or more points. This is a ton of chalk to lay, but I'll play the trends and back the Pels in a blowout victory.