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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans
November 18, 2023
The Minnesota Timberwolves will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday evening at the Smoothing King Center with the game scheduled to start at 7:00 PM ET and will air on Bally Sports New Orleans.
Minnesota enters this game with the 3
best record in the Western Conference with a record of 8-3 which also puts them in 2
place in the Northwest Division and a .5 game behind the Denver Nuggets for 1
place in the division. The Timberwolves started November by winning their first seven games, however, they saw their seven-game win streak come to an end with a 115-133 loss on the road against the Phoenix Suns. The defensive play from the Minnesota Timberwolves has helped to contribute to their early season success as they are allowing the 2
fewest points per game with an average of 105.64 points per game. However, the Timberwolves like to play at a slower tempo than most NBA teams and are a below-average scoring team this season for that reason as they are averaging 115 points per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans started the season off at 2-0 before losing six of their last eight games which has dropped their record to 6-6 and puts them in 8
place in the Western Conference, however, they enter this matchup on a two-game winning streak with the wins coming against two of the best teams in the Western Conference with a 131-110 win at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and a 115-110 win at home against the Denver Nuggets on Friday while also covering the spread in both matchups as an underdog. However, their scoring offense nor their scoring defense has been above-average this season as they enter this game allowing an average of 115.64 points per game while averaging 113.83 points per game and things won’t get any easier for their offense as they will be hosting the 2
best scoring defense in the NBA when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday evening.
BookMaker has the Minnesota Timberwolves listed as 5-point favorites on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday evening. Minnesota has won six of the last ten including the previous three matchups while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 6-5 ATS overall, 1-5 ATS on the road, and 3-3 ATS as a favorite this season while the New Orleans Pelicans are 6-5-1 ATS overall, 4-3 ATS at home, and 4-3-1 ATS as an underdog on the year.
Minnesota has been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season as they enter this game with a record of 8-3 while New Orleans has defeated two of the top teams in the Western Conference in back-to-back games. The Timberwolves have won the last three games in the series while going 3-0 ATS in those matchups, however, they have struggled this season as a road team as they are 1-5 ATS on the road while the Pelicans are 4-3 ATS at home which is why I am taking the points with the New Orleans Pelicans when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday evening.
Spooky Express Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +5
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