Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 3/8/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 3/8/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (27-36) at Minnesota Timberwolves (19-43)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +5.5 -- Over/Under: 245.5

TV: FSN, FSNO

The New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Sunday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.4 points and 4.3 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 23.6 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 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won four of their last six road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 113.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 117.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 26.5 points and 10.8 rebounds while D'Angelo Russell is averaging 21.3 points and 6.9 assists. Malik Beasley is the third double-digit scorer and Juan Hernangomez is dishing 1.4 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33.6 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 44.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Pelicans are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 road games and 22-10-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The Timberwolves are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games, 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games as an underdog and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The over is 10-4 in Pelicans last 14 road games. The over is 7-2 in Timberwolves last 9 overall. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been covering machines on the road as of late, and they need to keep winning if they're going to sneak in the playoffs. The Minnesota Timberwolves are losing their last five games by an average of 6.6 points, they still don't play a lick of defense and they're a brutal 7-23-1 against the spread at home and 22-38-2 against the spread on the season. I have no choice but to lay the reasonable number with the Pels on the road.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.