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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves (17-19) at New Orleans Pelicans (16-21)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 230
TV Channel
FSN+, FSNO
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans meet Monday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.2 points and 11.8 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 six rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won their last three road games.

The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 115.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.5 points and 13 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 20.8 points and 8.7 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight home games.

The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Monday games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. NBA Southwest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New Orleans and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 6-0 in Timberwolves last 6 overall. The under is 8-3 in Pelicans last 11 overall.

The Minnesota Timberwolves burned me last night with a win over the Miami Heat as decent sized underdogs, but this is still a bad basketball team that doesn't play defense and things aren't pretty when they're on the end of a back to back. The New Orleans Pelicans are much better than what their record indicates and they're highly explosive at home where they're shooting 48 percent from the field. When you add in the Timberwolves defensive issues, this is a game the Pelicans should thrive in and get a much needed win. I'll eat the reasonable chalk.

Pick:
New Orleans Pelicans -5.5

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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