Minnesota Timberwolves vs New Orleans Pelicans betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game. Two teams struggling to find consistency meet in New Orleans as the Pelicans take on the Timberwolves. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
With a 3-game win streak the Minnesota Timberwolves are back in the running for one of the play-in tournament spots in the Western Conference. Their latest win was an impressive 138-95 demolition of the Memphis Grizzlies at home over the weekend. D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns all scored over 20 points in the win and if those 3 continue performing the way they are capable of the Timberwolves might actually end their long postseason drought. Bettors have also been happy with the T’Wolves lately, they’ve covered the spread 5 times in their last 6 games and on the road this season 3 times in 5 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
The struggles of the Pelicans have continued despite them getting back their 2nd leading scorer from last season Brandon Ingram. In the 111-94 loss at Indiana Ingram had only 12 points on the night and as a team the Pelicans shot just 39% from the field. One player that didn’t disappoint in that game was center Jonas Valanciunas who had his standard 19 points and 13 rebounds, but he alone cannot carry this team on the offensive end. There’s still no update on Zion Williamson who continues to be out with a foot injury. Joining him on the sidelines tonight could be Devonte Graham who also has a foot problem and has been listed as questionable by the Pelicans medial staff. New Orleans could use him, they’ve covered the spread just 3 times in their last 11 outings and have just 2 wins in their last 14 games.
Are we finally seeing the Minnesota Timberwolves play up to their potential? Their three stars have played well during this win streak, however it will be a challenge tonight against the Pelicans as they’ve covered the spread just twice in the last 6 meetings. Still, I think New Orleans is very limited without Zion and until he comes back I’m hesitant to back them against anyone. Give me the Timberwolves to cover here.
New Orleans Pelicans – Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
New Orleans Pelicans – Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions
Minnesota -2.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Despite both of the meetings played this season being low scoring games, I think we are in for a different outcome tonight. Minnesota has been on fire over their last 3 wins averaging 120 points and the Pelicans aren’t exactly known for their defense this season. They allow the 7th highest amount of points at 109.7 per game, at home that number is 108.1 per game. Getting back Ingram has resulted in improvements across the board when it comes to offensive stats, so I’m not worried about them on that end of the court. Minnesota plays at the 6th fastest pace in the NBA averaging 101.9 possessions per game, so if they push the tempo in this one like they did against Memphis we could very well see them have yet another 120 point outburst here. Their 3 main stars are in solid form, I think they’ll score enough here to push us over the total.
Over 213.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365