The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Preview
The Minnesota Timberwolves have won 7 of their last 8 games and are coming off a loss to the Suns. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won 3 of their last 4 road games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 112.2 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 26.3 points and 5.8 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21 points and 2.3 assists. Naz Reid is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 12.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Preview
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing 5 of their last 7 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off an upset win over the Nuggets last night. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 115.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.9 points and 5.8 rebounds, while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Zion Williamson is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Hawkins is grabbing 4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.
I was high on the New Orleans Pelicans before the season, and their win last night over the Nuggets was encouraging. However, it also sets up a letdown spot here on the end of a back to back. The Pels are also still undermanned, and they're running into a Timberwolves side that beat them by 21 points a little over a week ago. I just need to see more from the Pelicans before I can start to trust them again. Give me the Timberwolves.