Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans
|Date & Time||Friday February 8, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)|
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -5 -- Over/Under: 233.5
ESPN, FSN, FSNO
The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.8 points and 12.2 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.3 points and 4.7 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost four of their last six road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.2 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 114.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Jrue Holiday is averaging 20.9 points and eight assists while Julius Randle is averaging 20.1 points and 9.3 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost each of their last four home games.
The Timberwolves are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Friday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 Friday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in New Orleans and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 9-3 in Pelicans last 12 home games. The under is 5-2 in Timberwolves last 7 overall.
With this line, I'm going to assume that Anthony Davis is back for the Pelicans. We've been fading the Minnesota Timberwolves often this season, as they continue to play with no effort defensively and are losing by an average of five points in their last five games. With their best player back in the lineup, the Pelicans have an offense that can get whatever they want against this Minnesota defense, and they're winning by an average of 4.2 points at home this season. I'll lay the chalk with the Pelicans at home.