The Minnesota Timberwolves (8-3) battle the New Orleans Pelicans (6-6) on November 18, 2023. The matchup airs on BSNO.
The Timberwolves enter their matchup against the Pelicans as a 7.5-point favorite. The game’s point total is set at 219.
Timberwolves vs. Pelicans Odds
Point Spread for Timberwolves vs. Pelicans
The spread for this matchup is set at 7.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Timberwolves as the favorite.
Minnesota vs. New Orleans Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Minnesota has -298 odds to win the game, while New Orleans is listed at +240 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 219 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- When: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana
- TV: BSNO
Timberwolves vs. Pelicans Betting Trends
The Timberwolves have registered a 6-4-1 record against the spread this season. Minnesota has entered the game as favorites six times this season and won five of those games. This season, Timberwolves games have hit the over six times out of 12 chances.
The Pelicans have covered the spread six times in 12 games with a set spread. New Orleans has been victorious in four of the eight contests it has been chosen as an underdog in this season. Pelicans games have gone over the total six times this season.
Timberwolves vs. Pelicans Key Players to Watch
Anthony Edwards is posting 25.3 points, 5.0 assists and 7.0 boards per contest. Rudy Gobert posts 14.3 points, 13.3 boards and 1.0 assists per contest, shooting 57.1% from the field. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 15.7 points, 10.0 boards and 2.7 assists per game, shooting 37.0% from the field and 23.5% from downtown, with 1.3 made 3-pointers per contest. Naz Reid’s numbers on the season are 16.0 points, 4.3 boards and 0.7 assists per contest, shooting 52.9% from the field and 43.8% from downtown, with 2.3 made 3-pointers per game.
CJ McCollum averages 18.0 points, 3.5 boards and 6.5 assists, making 44.4% of his shots from the floor and 44.4% from 3-point range, with 4.0 triples per game (fifth in league). Zion Williamson gives 23.5 points, 6.0 boards and 2.5 assists per contest, plus 0.5 steals and 0.0 blocks. Herbert Jones’ numbers for the season are 11.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, making 57.1% of his shots from the field and 80.0% from beyond the arc (third in NBA), with 2.0 triples per contest. Jonas Valanciunas’ averages for the season are 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists, making 50.0% of his shots from the field and 40.0% from 3-point range, with 1.0 treys per game.
What you need to know about the Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have been led by their defense, as they rank second-best in the NBA by surrendering just 105.6 points per game. They rank 18th in the league in points scored (112.2 per contest). The Timberwolves are averaging 46.4 boards per game (seventh-ranked in NBA) this year, while allowing 41.7 rebounds per contest (seventh-ranked). This season, the Timberwolves rank 23rd in the league in assists, dishing out 24.3 per game.
At home, Minnesota is posting 5.2 more points per game (115.0) than it is when playing on the road (109.8). Minnesota ranks 25th in the NBA with 10.8 treys per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 15th with a 35.8% shooting percentage from three-point land. With a 33.3% three-point percentage allowed this season, Minnesota is fourth-best in the NBA. It ranks eighth in the league by ceding 11.9 treys per contest.
What you need to know about the Pelicans
Offensively the Pelicans are the 19th-ranked squad in the league (111.4 points per game). On defense they are 21st (115.2 points conceded per game). In 2023-24, New Orleans is 17th in the league in rebounds (43.8 per game) and second-worst in rebounds allowed (48.5). The Pelicans are 20th in the league in assists (24.6 per game) in 2023-24.
At home, the Pelicans average 114.0 points per game. Away, they average 107.8. In 2023-24, the Pelicans are 19th in the NBA in 3-point makes (11.7 per game) and 14th in 3-point percentage (36.0%). New Orleans is 18th in the NBA in 3-pointers allowed (12.7 per game) and best in 3-point percentage defensively (31.7%).
Timberwolves vs. Pelicans Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is Timberwolves, and we predict that Pelicans will cover the spread (Timberwolves -7.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 219 points.
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