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new orleans pelicans vs minnesota timberwolves prediction 11/18/2023 sport preview

New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction & Betting Tips 11/18/2023

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves 11/18/2023:
  • Take the Timberwolves on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Pelicans (+4.5)
  • Our NBA model projects 218 points, and we suggest taking the under

New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Preview

Making on a bet on this NBA game featuring the Timberwolves versus the Pelicans? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on BSNO. The game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA.

The Timberwolves are favored in this Western conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 221 points. Check out BetCoco for New Orleans Pelicans – Minnesota Timberwolves odds

New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Head-to-Head and Key Stats

The last three times that the Timberwolves have faced off vs. the Pelicans as the favorite, they have gone 2-1. Over the last three head-to-head matchups between the Timberwolves and Pelicans, taking the Timberwolves against the spread has been a good bet, as they are a perfect 3-0 ATS.

  • Across their ten previous road games, Minnesota has an ATS mark of 3-6-1. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-7 while averaging 106 points per game.
  • Across the Pelicans last ten home games, the team averaged 111 points per game while allowing 109. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 5-5, while going 5-5 straight-up.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Pelicans have gone 5-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 5-5.
  • Although the Timberwolves have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 1-1-1.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction

In today’s game against the Pelicans, the Timberwolves aim to continue their success with a record above .500, currently at 8-3. On the road this season, the Timberwolves have posted a 3-3 record, whereas they have a 5-0 record at home.

In terms of the spread, Minnesota currently holds an ATS record of 6-4, which is above .500. As the favorite this season, Minnesota is 3-3 vs. the spread while going 3-1 as the underdog.

In regard to their over/under record, the Timberwolves have gone 6-5-0 so far this season. The average over/under line in their games stands at 221.2, and they have a -3.4 differential against the over/under line for this season.

The Timberwolves offense is coming off a game where they scored 115 points against the Suns. They posted a field goal percentage of 45.7% and connected on 5 threes. In terms of offense, the Timberwolves have a season-long field goal percentage of 48%, putting them 6th in the NBA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 17th in percentage and 25th in three-pointers made.

This season, the Timberwolves defense has been impressive, holding the 2nd position in the league while permitting an average of 105.6 points per contest.

In the terms of takeaways, Timberwolves are causing 14.3 turnovers per game, ranking 18th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 7th in rejections, averaging 5.9 blocked shots each game.

In their upcoming game against the Timberwolves, the Pelicans can move above .500 with a win, as they are currently 6-6. The team currently sits 8th in the Western Conference and 3rd place in the Southwest division.

New Orleans comes in with an overall ATS record of 6-6 so far this season. New Orleans has failed to cover the spread in three straight road games and are 2-3 ATS on the road compared to 4-3 at home.

In regard to their over/under record, the Pelicans have gone 6-6-0 so far this season. They have an average over/under line of 225.6 in their games, and their differential vs. the over/under line this season is 1.

The Pelicans offense is coming off a game in which they scored 115 points vs. the Nuggets. Overall their field goal percentage was 52.3% while connecting on 12 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Zion Williamson with 26 points. Jonas Valanciunas also added 22 points for the Pelicans.

Facing Minnesota, the Pelicans aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 115.2 points allowed per game (21st).

When it comes to forced turnovers, the Pelicans are forcing 13.6 per game, which is 13th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 21st in blocked shots at 4.6 per game.

With a 4.5-point advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Timberwolves to secure a 110-108 victory.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Tips

  • Take the Timberwolves on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Pelicans (+4.5)
  • Our NBA model projects 218 points, and we suggest taking the under

New Orleans Pelicans Injury Report

  • CJ McCollum – Lung – Out
  • Larry Nance Jr. – Rib – Out
  • Trey Murphy III – Knee – Out
  • Jose Alvarado – Ankle – Questionable

Minnesota Timberwolves Injury Report

  • Jordan McLaughlin – Knee – Out
  • Jaylen Clark – Achilles – Out

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