New Orleans Pelicans at Minnesota Timberwolves - 10/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans at Minnesota Timberwolves - 10/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0) vs New Orleans Pelicans (0-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -4 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in NBA action at the Target Center. The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after a quick 0-2 start. The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a 2-0 start after beating the Rockets in their opener. 

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 104.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 122.5 points on 52.3 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 25.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, while Devonte’ Graham is averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Nickel Alexander-Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is dishing three assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 47.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 50.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 124 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 30 points and two assists, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 29 points and three assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is dishing four assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 11-3 in Pelicans last 14 overall. The under is 5-1 in Timberwolves last 6 overall. The Pelicans are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans haven't played a lick of defense through two games, and I doubt things improve on the end of a back to back. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a team I hyped up before the season and said this should be the year we finally start to see progress. The Timberwolves have playmakers and scorers, and the Pelicans have done nothing to show they're ready to get their hands dirty defensively. This could get ugly. Give me the Timberwolves and the reasonable chalk at home.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves -4

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