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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/12/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Pelicans at Minnesota Timberwolves
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -2 -- Over/Under: 234.5
TV Channel
FSN, FSNO
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 117.2 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.9 points and 13.2 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 20.7 points and 8.3 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing nine rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.1 points and 12.3 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.9 points and 4.8 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last six home games.

The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 11-1 in Timberwolves last 12 overall. The over is 4-1 in Pelicans last 5 overall.

The New Orleans Pelicans just beat the Minnesota Timberwolves by nine points on New Years Eve, and they come into this game red hot where they've won five of their last seven and are shooting 54.5 percent from the field in their last five games while outscoring teams by 14.8 points. The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the end of a back to back and continue to be an inconsistent team that underachieves and doesn't play much defense. I get the Pelicans aren't good on the road, but you can make a case they're the better team overall in this matchup. Throw in the rest advantage, and I have to side with the Pelicans and the free bucket.

Pick:
New Orleans Pelicans +2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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