Pelicans vs Timberwolves Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, December 28, 2022

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The New Orleans Pelicans (21-12) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-18) at Smoothie King Center on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. The contest starts at 8:00 PM ET and airs on BSNO. The Timberwolves are 6.5-point underdogs in the game. The point total for the matchup is 234.

How to bet Pelicans vs. Timberwolves

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Pelicans as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -262 odds to pick up the win, while the Timberwolves are listed at +214 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 234 points.

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Pelicans vs. Timberwolves Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, December 28, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSNO
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

Pelicans vs. Timberwolves Betting Trends

Against the spread, the Pelicans are 18-15-0 this year. New Orleans has won 15, or 68.2%, of the 22 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Pelicans games this year have gone over the total in 19 out of 34 opportunities (55.9%).

In the Timberwolves’ 34 games this season, they have 13 wins against the spread. Minnesota is 5-10 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 33.3% of those games). Timberwolves games this year have gone over the total in 15 of 34 opportunities (44.1%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Pelicans

Pelicans Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zion Williamson 25 25.2 7.2 4.7 1.2 0.6 0.2
CJ McCollum 29 19.3 5.2 6.1 1 0.7 2.5
Jonas Valančiūnas 33 13.9 9.4 1.8 0.4 0.3 0.7
Trey Murphy III 30 12.7 4.3 1.4 1.1 0.5 2.3
Herbert Jones 23 10.5 3.5 2.2 1.3 0.7 0.9

Timberwolves

Timberwolves Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Anthony Edwards 34 23.4 6 4.5 1.8 0.5 2.6
D’Angelo Russell 32 16.5 3.3 6.6 1.1 0.5 2.3
Rudy Gobert 29 13.9 12.1 0.9 0.9 1.2 0
Jaden McDaniels 31 11.3 3.5 1.6 1.1 1.2 1.2
Jaylen Nowell 34 11.3 2.9 2.2 0.6 0.1 1.2
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Pelicans: Dyson Daniels: Probable (Illness), Trey Murphy: Probable (Illness), Herbert Jones: Questionable (Health Protocols), Zion Williamson: Probable (Conditioning), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee), Brandon Ingram: Out (Toe)

Timberwolves: Kyle Anderson: Questionable (Back), Jordan McLaughlin: Out (Calf), Taurean Prince: Out (Shoulder), Karl-Anthony Towns: Out (Calf), Eric Paschall: Out (Ankle)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans has been led by its offense, as it ranks second-best in the NBA by tallying 117.8 points per game. It ranks 13th in the league in points allowed (112.4 per contest). The Pelicans are scoring 117.1 points per game at home. When playing on the road, they are faring better on offense, averaging 118.7 points per contest. The Pelicans have been scoring 119 points per contest in their last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 117.8 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign.

New Orleans is making 11.4 threes per game (21st-ranked in NBA) this year, while owning a 36.4% three-point percentage (13th-ranked). This year, the Pelicans have taken 65.2% two-pointers, accounting for 73.7% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 34.8% three-pointers (26.3% of the team’s baskets).

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What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota is 11th in the league in points scored (114.6 per game) and 21st in points allowed (115.6). In 2022-23 the Timberwolves are averaging 4.8 more points per game at home (117) than on the road (112.2). The Timberwolves have fared worse offensively over their last 10 games, putting up 113.2 points per contest, 1.4 fewer points their than season average of 114.6.

With 11.2 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 34.4% from downtown, Minnesota is 23rd and 21st in the league, respectively, in those categories. The Timberwolves take 37.5% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 26.3% of their made baskets are from there. Inside the arc, they attempt 62.5% of their shots, with 73.7% of their makes coming from there.

Pelicans vs. Timberwolves Predictions and Pick

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