Pelicans vs Timberwolves Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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A contest featuring one of the colder teams in the NBA will see the New Orleans Pelicans (26-22, 2-8 during their last 10) take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-25) at Smoothie King Center on January 25, 2023. Despite their recent struggles, the Pelicans are three-point favorites. The over/under is 229 points in the contest.

How to bet Pelicans vs. Timberwolves

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with bookmakers listing the Pelicans as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -149 odds to pick up the win, while the Timberwolves are listed at +127 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 229 points.

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Pelicans vs. Timberwolves Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSNO
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

Pelicans vs. Timberwolves Betting Trends

The Pelicans have 24 wins against the spread in 48 games this year. New Orleans has been the favorite in 25 games this season and has come away with the win 18 times (72%) in those contests. The Pelicans have eclipsed the over/under in 55.1% of their opportunities this year (27 times over 49 games with a set point total).

In the Timberwolves’ 49 games this season, they have 21 wins against the spread. Minnesota has been the underdog on the moneyline 22 total times this season. Minnesota has finished 9-13 in those games. Timberwolves games this season have gone over the total in 23 of 49 opportunities (46.9%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Pelicans Leaders
CJ McCollum 43 21.1 4.5 5.7 1 0.6 2.9
Jonas Valančiūnas 48 14.8 9.9 1.7 0.3 0.5 0.6
Trey Murphy III 45 12.7 3.8 1.3 1.1 0.5 2.2
Naji Marshall 43 10.5 3.7 2.5 0.8 0.2 1.1
Herbert Jones 32 9.9 3.7 2.1 1.6 0.7 0.8


Timberwolves Leaders
Anthony Edwards 49 24.3 6 4.4 1.8 0.6 2.7
D’Angelo Russell 46 17.6 2.9 6.3 1.1 0.4 2.5
Rudy Gobert 40 13.3 11.6 0.8 0.9 1.3 0
Jaden McDaniels 46 11.5 3.8 1.9 1.1 1.1 1.2
Jaylen Nowell 49 11.2 2.6 2.1 0.7 0.1 1.1
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Pelicans: Dyson Daniels: Out (Ankle), Naji Marshall: Probable (Toe), Zion Williamson: Out (Hamstring), Brandon Ingram: Probable (Toe), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee)

Timberwolves: Taurean Prince: Out (Ankle), Rudy Gobert: Questionable (Groin), Jordan McLaughlin: Out (Calf), Karl-Anthony Towns: Out (Calf), Eric Paschall: Out (Ankle)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

On offense, New Orleans is scoring 115.6 points per game (ninth-ranked in league). It is giving up 113.1 points per contest on defense (14th-ranked). Offensively the Pelicans have played worse in home games this season, scoring 115.4 points per game, compared to 115.8 per game on the road. The Pelicans have been racking up 108.6 points per game in their last 10 appearances, an average that’s significantly lower than the 115.6 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

So far this season, New Orleans is sinking 11 treys per game (23rd-ranked in NBA) and is shooting 35.9% (15th-ranked) from downtown. When it comes to shot breakdown, the Pelicans have taken 65.3% two-pointers (accounting for 74% of the team’s baskets) and 34.7% from beyond the arc (26%).

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What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota is 11th in the league in points scored (115.3 per game) and 20th in points conceded (115.6). The Timberwolves are scoring more points at home (117.5 per game) than away (112.8). In their previous 10 games, the Timberwolves are posting 117.9 points per contest, 2.6 more than their season average (115.3).

At 11.6 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.4% from beyond the arc, Minnesota is 18th and 19th in the NBA, respectively, in those categories. In 2022-23, the Timberwolves have attempted 62.1% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 37.9% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 72.7% of the Timberwolves’ buckets have been 2-pointers, and 27.3% have been 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this contest is the Pelicans, and we project that Pelicans will cover the spread (Pelicans -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 229 points.

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