Timberwolves vs Pelicans Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Sunday, April 9, 2023

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A matchup featuring one of the hottest NBA squads sees the New Orleans Pelicans (42-39) square off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (41-40) at Target Center on April 9, 2023. The Pelicans have won two in a row, and are 8-2 over their past 10 games, but the Timberwolves are 2.5-point favorites. The matchup has a 226 point total.

How to bet Timberwolves vs. Pelicans

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Timberwolves as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Timberwolves have -144 odds to pick up the win, while the Pelicans are listed at +122 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 226 points.

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Timberwolves vs. Pelicans Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, April 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSN
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Arena: Target Center

Timberwolves vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

In the Timberwolves’ 81 games this season, they have 38 wins against the spread. Minnesota has come away with 20 wins in the 38 contests it has been listed as the favorite this season. Timberwolves games this year have hit the over on 37 of 81 set point totals.

Against the spread, the Pelicans are 39-40-2 this year. New Orleans has compiled a 15-25 record in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 37.5% of those games). Pelicans games this season have hit the over 38 times in 81 opportunities (46.9%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Timberwolves Leaders
Anthony Edwards 78 24.6 5.7 4.4 1.6 0.7 2.7
Karl-Anthony Towns 28 20.4 8.1 4.9 0.7 0.6 2
Rudy Gobert 69 13.6 11.8 1.3 0.8 1.4 0
Jaden McDaniels 78 12.2 3.9 1.9 0.9 1 1.4
Mike Conley 66 11.8 2.7 6.7 1.1 0.2 2


Pelicans Leaders
Brandon Ingram 44 24.3 5.3 5.8 0.7 0.4 1.4
CJ McCollum 74 20.9 4.4 5.8 0.9 0.5 2.9
Trey Murphy III 78 14.5 3.6 1.4 1.1 0.6 2.6
Jonas Valančiūnas 78 14.2 10.1 1.8 0.3 0.7 0.5
Josh Richardson 64 10.2 2.7 2.7 1.1 0.3 1.7
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Timberwolves: Naz Reid: Out (Wrist), Austin Rivers: Out (Illness), Jaylen Nowell: Out (Knee)

Pelicans: Zion Williamson: Out (Hamstring), Jose Alvarado: Out (Lower Leg)

What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves

On offense, Minnesota is putting up 115.8 points per game (12th-ranked in league). It is surrendering 115.9 points per contest at the other end (18th-ranked). The Timberwolves are scoring 116 points per game this year at home, which is 0.4 more points than they’re averaging away from home (115.6). In their last 10 games, the Timberwolves have been putting up 116.4 points per game, an average that’s a little higher than the 115.8 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

With 12.1 threes per game, Minnesota is 14th in the NBA. It sports a 36.5% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 14th in the league. In terms of shot breakdown, the Timberwolves have taken 62% two-pointers (accounting for 71.7% of the team’s buckets) and 38% threes (28.3%).

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What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

In 2022-23, New Orleans is 15th in the league offensively (114.4 points scored per game) and ninth defensively (112.5 points allowed). In 2022-23 the Pelicans are averaging 0.9 more points per game at home (114.9) than on the road (114). The Pelicans have played better offensively in their previous 10 games, putting up 118.1 points per contest, 3.7 more than their season average of 114.4.

New Orleans makes 11.1 3-pointers per game and shoots 36.6% from beyond the arc, ranking 22nd and 12th, respectively, in the NBA. The Pelicans attempt 65.5% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 34.5% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 73.7% of the Pelicans’ buckets are 2-pointers, and 26.3% are 3-pointers.

Timberwolves vs. Pelicans Predictions and Pick

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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