Pelicans vs Timberwolves Prediction - NBA Picks 4/9/23

Minnesota Timberwolves (41-40) vs New Orleans Pelicans (42-39)

Game Info: Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Sunday in NBA action at the Target Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.5 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 112.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 10.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 115.4 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 115.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 24.5 points and 5.7 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.4 points and 4.8 assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jaden McDaniels is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game.

The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 19-7 in Pelicans last 26 overall. The under is 5-1 in Timberwolves last 6 overall. The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are getting the benefit of the doubt because they're at home, and them being close to full strength is a good spot. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are one of the hotter teams in the league right now, and they lose as underdogs by an average of 2 points. I like what I'm seeing from the Pels and this matchup is key for seeding. I'll take a shot with the Pelicans and the points.

Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +3.5

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