Two teams sitting outside the playoff places of the West are clashing tonight, when the New Orleans Pelicans (24-31), who didn’t trade Anthony Davis and want to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-29), who have won only once in their last 6 games.
Date/Time: 02-08-2019, 21:30 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -5
New Orleans Pelicans have a 24-31 record (27-27-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the West. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Bulls with a 125-120 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 29.3 ppg, adding 4.4 dimes and a team high 13.3 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 20.9 ppg, 5.1 boards and a team high 8 dimes per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 25-29 record (26-28 against the spread) so far this season are currently sit in the 11th place of the West. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Magic with a 112-122 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 22.9 ppg, adding a team high 12.2 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18.3 ppg and 4.7 dimes per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Wolves lead the Pelicans 2-1 wins with each team having won at home. Pelicans have a 15-10 home record, while the Wolves are 8-19 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 116.2 ppg to Wolves’ 111.3, while Wolves are better defensively, allowing 111.4 ppg to Pelicans’ 114.9. Pelicans have a better field goal percentage (48% to 44.8%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (35.1% to 34.9%). Pelicans are better both in boards grabbed (46.9 to 45) and in dimes made (26.8 to 24.4), while Wolves are better in turnovers committed (12.7 to 13.9). Davis’ status for this game is unknown and Vegas odds give the Pelicans a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an ineffective on the road Wolves squad.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -5 (-109)
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