New Orleans Pelicans (5-9) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-10)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +8 -- Over/Under: 221.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves duke it out at the Target Center on Saturday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been in a slump as they’ve lost seven of their past eight games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting routed by the Jazz in a 129-118 road loss on Thursday. Zion Williamson led the team with 27 points on nine of 14 shooting, Brandon Ingram added 23 points on eight of 14 shooting while Lonzo Ball chipped in with 14 points and five assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 49 percent from the field and 11 of 25 from the 3-point line as they jumped out of the gates to lead by 16 points early on after pouring in 43 points in the first quarter, only to see that lead disappear as the Jazz dominated the rest of the game to win easily in the end.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost 11 of their first 14 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a four-game skid after last night’s 116-98 home win over the Hawks. Malik Beasley led the team with 17 points on seven of 11 shooting, Jarrett Culver added 15 points off the bench while Naz Reid chipped in with 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 43 percent from the field and eight of 32 from the 3-point line as they managed just 19 points in the first quarter and never looked threatening after falling behind by 22 points going into halftime as they just had no answer for the Hawks’ Trae Young who scorched them for 43 points on 14 of 22 shooting. D’Angelo Russell finished with just nine points on two of nine shooting while Anthony Edwards scored just five points on two of 12 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Timberwolves are 9-25 ATS in their last 34 home games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record and 13-27 ATS in their last 40 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Minnesota and the Pelicans are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
Here we have two of the coldest teams in the league colliding at the Target Center. The Pelicans have won just one of their last eight games and they will be low on confidence after blowing a 16-point lead in their last outing, while the Timberwolves have looked toothless at times this season with eight of their 11 losses coming by double-digits. It’s hard to bet on either side with much confidence, but the Timberwolves are playing this on one zero days rest and I think the Pelicans will be good enough to get the much-needed win here.