Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans - 1/11/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans - 1/11/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (14-26) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (20-20)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +3 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves look to build on their four-game winning streak. The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing five of their last seven games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.5 points and 3.7 assists, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 22.2 points and 3.7 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 105.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.5 points and 6.2 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18.6 points and 12.1 rebounds. Devonte’ Graham is the third double-digit scorer and Nickeil Alexander-Walker is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game.

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The Timberwolves are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 12-5 in Timberwolves last 17 overall. The under is 17-8-1 in Pelicans last 26 games following a ATS win. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans.

This feels like two teams heading in different directions, as the Minnesota Timberwolves have won four straight games and are winning their last five games by an average of 13.8 points. The New Orleans Pelicans are still piling up the losses, and they're losing their last five games by an average of 9.2 points. The Timberwolves win by an average of nine points in the favorite role and are 12-6-1 against the spread on the road. Of course, the Timberwolves are a team I liked a lot entering the season, so this isn't a surprise to me. I'll gladly lay the bucket here.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves -3

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