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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 2/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Pelicans (28-23) at Minnesota Timberwolves (33-22)
Date & Time Saturday February 3, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5
TV Channel
FSN, FSN+
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NBA | New Orleans Pelicans (28-23) at Minnesota Timberwolves (33-22)
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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 eight of their last 11 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.4 points and 10.6 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.7 points and 5.2 assists. E'Twaun Moore is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Miller is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won four of their last five road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.9 points and five assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 19.9 points and 12.1 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 6.9 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t lost a home game since December 16.

The Pelicans are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Timberwolves are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Pelicans are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Minnesota, the home team is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings and the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off an impressive road win over the OKC Thunder, but back to backs usually aren't kind to teams with limited depth, and with the injury to Cousins, that's what this NO team is. The Minnesota Timberwolves are also proving to be a deadly team at home where they're outscoring teams by more than seven points and shooting 48.1 percent from the field. The Timberwolves are going to run the Pelicans up and down, and with limited scoring options and tired legs, this thing could get ugly. I'll take Minnesota by double digits.

Pick:
Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5

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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