New Orleans Pelicans at Minnesota Timberwolves odds, picks and prediction
The New Orleans Pelicans (0-2) continue to seek their first win of the season as they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0) Saturday for the first of back-to-back games in Minneapolis. They tip off at 8 p.m. ET at Target Center. Below, we look at the Pelicans vs. Timberwolves odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Pelicans have kicked off the season poorly. They are still waiting for PF Zion Williamson to recover from foot surgery. Through two games, they are 25th in scoring and 26th in scoring defense. They have a net rating of -18.0, which is ahead of only three teams in the league. They are on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Timberwolves are rested. They played Wednesday and defeated the Houston Rockets 124-106. It was a three-man show in the win as C Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 10 boards, F Anthony Edwards scored 29 points and PG D'Angelo Russell added 22 points and seven assists in the season-opening win. No one else scored in double figures.
Pelicans at Timberwolves odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Pelicans +250 (bet $100 to win $250) | Timberwolves -320 (bet $320 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Pelicans +6.5 (-102) | Timberwolves -6.5 (-122)
- Over/Under (O/U): 228.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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Pelicans at Timberwolves key injuries
- SG Josh Hart (quad) out
Pelicans at Timberwolves odds, lines, picks and predictions
Timberwolves 121, Pelicans 111
The Pelicans have a more balanced group, but they are not the same without Williamson. The Wolves have a great trio of Towns, Russell and Edwards, and scoring points on any given night should not be a problem.
However, PASS on the money line as you won't make much money on the Timberwolves (-320).
The Pelicans failed to cover the spread in their first two games, while the Wolves covered in their season opener.
With a healthy Timberwolves squad against the Pelicans, who are missing their star, I like TIMBERWOLVES -6.5 (-122).
The Pelicans' season opener stayed Under the projected total, but their next game went Over.
The Wolves' season opener finished 2 points Under the projected total.
The Pelicans had the second-highest Over percentage in the league last season at 57.8 percent.
Take OVER 228.5 (-108).
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