How To Bet the Minnesota vs New Orleans Lines
Time has a funny way of seeming to speed up at this time of the season, especially for those teams on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. There are a few teams that will still feel as though they can claw their ways back into things, but before they know it, the number of games they have remaining makes that feat close to impossible. The Minnesota Timberwolves have already reached that point, and the New Orleans Pelicans are slipping perilously close to being too deep in the hole. The Pelicans will do all that they can to keep their playoff hopes alive, and that has to begin with a win against the struggling Timberwolves at home on Saturday night. If you like the Pelicans to pick up the win, why not put your money where your mouth is by placing a wager for the NBA betting odds.
How To Bet the Minnesota Timberwolves vs New Orleans Pelicans Lines
When: Saturday, February 27
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Oreans at 7 PM EST
Radio: WCCO and WRNO
Live Stream: Fox Sports North
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Minnesota Timberwolves
It has been something of a nightmare season for the Minnesota Timberwolves (18-40), and they are already starting to look ahead to the moves that they need to make in order to get better next season. Things have been particularly grim on the road for Minnesota, with just 8 wins from 28 games, and just 1 win in their last 10 away from home. They haven’t even performed that well against other teams with a losing record, and are in fact just 9-14 against that group. They have already lost 2 games to the Pelicans this season, with the margin of defeat being 14 and 15 points in those games. The T-Wolves are averaging 100.9 PPG, and are giving up 104.6 PPG.
Why bet on the Boston Celtics
The Pelicans (23-34) are coming off what may well be their best victory of the season after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-119 on Thursday night. That win moved the Pelicans to 5-5 in their last 10 games, but still leaves them sitting 5.5 games back of the final playoff spot in the conference. They really need to put together a solid string of wins, and they have a real chance to build on their OKC win with another one here. In a run that started back in the 2013-14 season, the Pelicans have strung together 7 straight wins against the Timberwolves, which would suggest that they definitely have their number. New Orleans have also posted a winning record against teams below .500 this season, going 13-9. The Pelicans are averaging 102.4 PPG, and are giving up 105.3 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While this is a game that I believe the Pelicans will win, I don’t think it will be by a particularly large margin. There is always the possibility of a letdown after a big win, and if the Pelicans come out a little too confident for this one, they may be made to scrap every inch of the way.
Minnesota Timberwolves 105 New Orleans Pelicans 105