New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: 1/23/2021 NBA Betting Preview, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on January 23, 2021

The Minnesota Timberwolves (3-11) are underdogs (+8) in their attempt to end a four-game losing streak when they host the New Orleans Pelicans (5-9) at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Target Center. The matchup airs on FS-N. The over/under is set at 223.5 in the matchup.

Betting Information

Pelicans vs Timberwolves Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Pelicans -8 -110 -110 223.5 -110 -110
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Head to Head

Minnesota has come out on top in six of its last 10 head-to-head matchups against New Orleans. The Pelicans hold a 2-1 advantage against the spread when facing off with the Timberwolves.

Pelicans vs Timberwolves in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
3/8/2020 Pelicans Timberwolves -7 247.5 -290 234 Regular Season 120-107 NO
3/3/2020 Pelicans Pelicans -11 247.5 -611 453 Regular Season 139-134 MIN
12/18/2019 Timberwolves Timberwolves -3 230 -154 127 Regular Season 107-99 NO
2/8/2019 Pelicans Regular Season 122-117 NO
1/12/2019 Timberwolves Regular Season 110-106 MIN
12/31/2018 Pelicans Regular Season 123-114 NO
11/14/2018 Timberwolves Regular Season 107-100 MIN
2/3/2018 Timberwolves Regular Season 118-107 MIN
1/6/2018 Timberwolves Regular Season 116-98 MIN
11/29/2017 Pelicans Regular Season 120-102 MIN
  • 3/8/2020 DNP – Pelicans: JJ Redick; Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns
  • 3/3/2020 DNP – Pelicans: JJ Redick; Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns
  • 12/18/2019 DNP – Pelicans: Zion Williamson; Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Pelicans Betting Information

    • New Orleans has struggled against the spread, going 5-9 on the year.
    • The Pelicans have struggled to cover, going just 0-1 ATS when favored by at least 8 points.
    • In 8 of 14 (57.1%) contests this season, New Orleans and its opponents have hit the over.
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    Timberwolves Betting Information

    • Minnesota has covered the spread in fewer than half of its games, going 5-8-1 ATS.
    • Minnesota and its opponents have hit the over in fewer than half of their games this season — 6 of 14 (42.9%).
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    Over/Under Analysis

    • The Pelicans and their opponents have put up more than 223.5 points in 357.1% of their games this season (50 of 14 opportunities).
    • Minnesota and its opponents have combined to score at least 223.5 points in 57.1% of their games this season (eight of 14 chances).
    • The two teams average a combined 9.3 less points per game (214.2) than this game’s over/under of 223.5 points.
    • The Pelicans and the Timberwolves have seen their opponents average a combined 3.6 more points per game than the over/under of 223.5 set in this matchup.
    • The Pelicans’ average point total in outings this year is 218.9, 4.6 points less than the total in this game.
    • The average total in Timberwolves games this season is 1.1 fewer points than the point total of 223.5 for this outing.
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    Pelicans Leaders

    • Zion Williamson leads the Pelicans scoring 23.7 points per game.
    • Brandon Ingram leads New Orleans with 4.8 assists per game and Steven Adams paces the team with 9.5 rebounds per outing.
    • Ingram makes 2.1 threes per game to lead the Pelicans.
    • New Orleans’ blocks leader is Ingram, who records 0.9 per game. Lonzo Ball leads the team averaging 1.2 steals a contest.

    Timberwolves Leaders

    • The Timberwolves go-to guy, D’Angelo Russell, leads the team in both scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.5 assists per game).
    • Juancho Hernangomez collects all of the boards and is the Minnesota leader in rebounds, getting 5.3 per game.
    • Russell is tops from three-point range for the Timberwolves, knocking down 3.0 threes per game.
    • Ricky Rubio is at the top of Minnesota’s steals hierarchy with 1.5 steals per game and Naz Reid leads the squad in blocks with 1.4 per game.
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