Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/11/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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New Orleans Pelicans (15-21) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (7-29)
Game Info: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -8.5 -- Over/Under: 239.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win here to snap a nine game losing streak. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 107.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22 points and 3.9 assists while Malik Beasley is averaging 20.5 points and 2.5 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Edwards is grabbing four rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing four of their last five games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.5 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 115.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 25.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. Lonzo Ball is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Bledsoe is dishing 3.8 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.
The Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 overall. The over is 26-5 in Pelicans last 31 overall. The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been fade material all season long and they entered the break losing their last five games by an average of 20.4 points. It's hard to back the Timberwolves with any confidence these days. However, the New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the more disappointing teams in the league this season and that includes a 15-21 record against the spread. The Pelicans are 1-4 against the spread when a favorite of eight or more points. I'll take the points with the Timberwolves if forced to pick.